"We will continue to offer BPL-branded products for sale to our Lifetime Members early...as that is part of what those individuals have signed up for. " - Sam H
The problem is that regular Members also paid good money for this same privilege. You can't sell front of line privileges to one group, if you're already sold it to another. You're taking away something Members paid for. You don't seem to recognize that BPL has also promised regular Members first access to new products.
Have a look at the 'Annual Subscription' page:
Under "Subscriber Benefits" is says:
"Members receive discounted pricing, first rights to initial production lots, and in some cases, exclusive access to custom equipment from partner manufacturers."
It seems unarguably clear that Members have paid for the right to be at the front of the line for new products. Denying them this is not fulfilling your commitment.
Part of what makes this so frustrating isn't just that Members have had their front of line privileges rescinded and re-sold, it's that they are being made to wait an unreasonably long time on top of this. If you guys are withholding the 'vast majority' of stock for general sale, why wait a full month extra to make it available? Give the front of line privilege holders (Members and MLIFE'ers) a few days to get their orders in, and then open the sale up to everyone. Members haven't just lost their right to be at the front of the line, they've been kicked all the way to the back of a very long line.
I imagine there would be a much bigger uproar about this, but few members have noticed this news buried way down in BPL News. I bet a new thread in the G Spot informing members that BPL is taking away their paid privileges would see a great deal of comments.
Do the right thing.