Well if you can imagine that there is so much snow and bad weather that no one can make it to work. It would become difficult to fill orders with no one in the warehouse so how would you keep up with the availability of what's in stock. So people start ordering and sending moneys for stuff you can not confirm you have now you have a big problem You just took a bunch of orders you can't fill and everyone's P.Oed
$500 for a colossus, boy I have been away for awhile. A year ago they were $1000 and Louie's similiar sized lamp was $1200. Regardless of price a colossus is a waste of money because of all the issues from cloudy fluid to leaky ink in the lava and scratches on the globes. I wouldn't mind having a empty colossus globe and stand to refill with Louie's goo. Now that would make a good lamp.
Well guys I think the colossus is totally awesome and astounding. Lava lites has been good to me they always answer my emails unless the do not make it through. They are huge they're unbelievable! They have actually improved the colossus be upgrading the cap with a better seal than the older lavaworld ones have. Maybe I've just been in the right place at the right time. But I'm happy with mine! So bottom line is that the Colossus has improved and got cheaper.
So far, I have seen no good from Lavalite. Not to say that there are no lucky spots; occasionally, an employee is helpful, occasionally a lamp or three flow acceptably well. It isn't like they're trying to be bad.
What they do seem to have in mind is what any company wants: a profit. That's normal. They're not handling things well, though, for us collectors. The liquid motion lamps well and truly suck, save perhaps for the glitters. Even those who have visited trade shows have seen an entire display, by the firm, cloudy and flowing poorly. Thing is, the public-at-large does buy them; most don't know or care about proper flow. It lights up, it blobs a little bit, it's a lava lamp, period. What's sad is that many, nay entire shipments, don't flow at all.
I'm glad you had good luck with Lavalite regarding you Colossus, Matt. I don't know enough about these to really say, but Lava World, from the switch to Chinese production onward, took a dive from which they have never truly recovered. The reintroduction of a copper Lava Coach Lantern was the single bright spot, a concession to collectors in the Mathmos-like red and violet colors. Aside from this, I stand unimpressed, and will continue to hunt pre-China lamps, save for eventually buying a Lantern - that is, if they don't cease production.
Supposedly the new owners claimed they were planning to fix all or most of the problems with Lava World's end product. Why didn't they? I don't think they didn't care exactly; I believe it simply wasn't cost-effective. And in today's business world, one stays competitive or one shuts down and goes under. They chose the former. And yet... many knockoff brands' lamps look better inside. Flow might be lacking, but they DO flow, and are often crystal-clear. The fact that, it would seem, Lavalite can't clear things up inside their globes and still stay competitive is what leads to the belief that they don't care.