I agree with Doug and Travis. When I ordered the pad from Bender, he was well behind his estimated time, but the pad did come in, right around the first of the year. I never got the sense that he was defrauding people. I mean who makes unique, quality lightweight backpacking mattresses, and--once he gets his reputation up and gets reviewed in the SOTM report--drops off the face of the planet just to keep everyone's money? There are much better scams.
Something has happened, and it's really unfortunate for everyone involved, Bender and his customers. I hope he's in a place to get things back together and make amends. He has been a valuable part of this community.