They do have a couple of boxes of these things at HP, but they are still sitting on them, customer service be damned... maybe it's even a thousand units, like you say..(but i've not seen them in person, so who knows... maybe they are rare like the Touchpad stands, and there's only three dozen of them left)
Originally Posted by tracks914
The problem with trying to track down the molds in China, for a two year old discontinued product and having to restart the production line, is that it'll cost more than it's worth. Someone will still have to pay for it. The advantage of silicone molds and epoxy resin is that we don't have to invest in a thousand units and then wait years for that to sell.
As for the flash units, there will be demand for at least 15 in the first few months, so cutting and drilling OEM housings for this purpose would be too much hassle. A dedicated mold with the correct hole and possibly room for an extra controller makes a lot more sense TBH...
But I do see what you mean. Each unit has about a dozen parts in it, and they all have to be either found or fabricated... However the same also applies to restarting production, because those custom-made magnets would be quite costly to reorder, now that they are no longer made. Having to use more generic magnets instead means having to modify the connector-side mold and in case of production, modify the mechanism of feeding magnets into the mold.
It might not be fun, having to hand-make every piece, but at least there's a whole lot less headache involved in adapting ill-fitting or non-OEM pieces to the finished product. And on the upside, controlling every step of production means we won't have to suddenly throw away a bad batch if something goes wrong