I did score on a wine kit from them LP last year when they were running a big sale before the minimum pricing went into effect. I didn't know the backstory.
FWIW, that "OMG get cheap prices before the vendor implements minimum pricing, it's going to be sooo bad guys, really" sale was all a crock of crap. My pricing for WinExpert Eclipse was $138 during their 'last sale evah!!!'. Now (even with the minimum advertized pricing) I can buy it from LP at $140 w/ shipping anytime they have a 30% off sale, which is often. I used to think that LP was an awesome store until I saw their pattern of over-hyped sales, promising that this was the very last time you'd see these prices, only to see those prices from them 3 months later.
I've never seen a "last time only" sale on products that I purchase. I know that they are going to have a quarterly-ish sale. I pretty much get grain only from them with potential yeast when I order. I live 45 minutes away, so I avoid shipping costs. I can't get prices within $15 a sack locally. I can't imagine prices if I shipped elsewhere. Frequent sales or not, you can't get better deals. How about we don't bash the LHBS's that many of us have access to so that we can continue to have access to them.
I think it's BS that people aren't getting their pre-order hops, but why would they put out this statement? I'm pretty sure that they didn't want to. They don't want to drive business away. LP had some of the largest hop sales in the Midwest last year. Obviously there is an underlying issue somewhere. And none of it makes any sense, but it certainly doesn't make sense for a small company to purposely drive away business.
By no means that this is an attack at Amanda. She's awesome. It's just my rebuttal. I feel abliged to defend my LHBS. It's my grain haven. I buy my hops from several sources and including Yakima Valley who offers a quality product.