... because of dealers.
Ok, I live in Slovenia. For those, who don't know where this beautiful, green country is, it's between Austria and Italy and it's an EU members state, currently presiding the EU.
There's no dealership in my country, so I emailed the dealerships in Vienna - Austria and Verona - Italy.
The dealership in Vienna was quick to respond, but there's one problem. The dealer in Vienna wants nearly 10.000 EUR (15.000+ US$) for the scooter, even though there's a Europe wide promotion going on with a price tag of 7.765 EUR or less.
I mentioned the links to the dealer in Vienna and since then he stopped replying to my emails...
I also emailed the dealer in Verona - Italy. Vienna and Verona are the closest dealers for me. They are both 350km away, but for the things I like and fall in love with I'm prepared to make a trip. Well, the dealer in Verona hasn't even replied once. So I called him yesterday on his phone. He spoke english well, but when we got to some number crunching, he told me to SMS him my email and he will send me the data. That hasn't happened.
Luckily, I have a contact via MSN in Torino - Italy. I fly electric RC helicopters and the guy in Torino does as well and that's how we got to know each other - via RC forum. He lives 10 minutes walk from the Torino dealer shop and he went to check it out on my request. The shop is Vectrix exclusive and he says it's a very nice shop indeed. They even have a nice webpage set up: http://www.eco-motor.it/index.php
The webpage also mentions a promotion 'till the end of July, which is consistent with what I've read on this forum.
The unfortunate thing about Torino is, that it is 650km away :-( but my girlfriend and me were planning a trip through northern Italy for holidays next week anyway (Venice, Gardaland :-) ) and we decided that we would extend it to Torino even though it's an extra 300km trip in one direction. My Torino contact also offered us to sleep at his place :-) and to show us the town. I'm probably gonna go to Torino next week and stop in Verona, which is on the way, but boy, I lost my enthusiasm because of such treatment.
I'm even ready to rent a Renault Master van to go to pick up the scooter.
No wonder the Vectrix doesn't sell well with dealers treating customers like that.
Sorry for the rant, but I really get turned off for a thing I was (maybe still am) prepared to spend 8.000 EUR for.
P.S.: If I buy the scooter and find out it's the best thing since the sliced bread ;-), I'm gonna open a dealership myself.