I thought I'd check back and see if there were any new developments on the i-opener... but saddly the only new posts to be some flames, mostly from Will.
I thought I should point out the Codeman wasn't the one selling these IO's, they were being sold (or were at least going to be sold before it fell through) by Earth. Will seems to have somehow formed the impression that Codeman owns or works for Earth Computer Tech, as evidenced by comments like "shame that you are the big asshole in this... 'earth' is codemans business just like this bbs is his".
If you do a whois search, you'll quickly discover the Codeman is Ken Segler, and linux-hacker.net (this site) and linux-hacker.net are registered to Ken in Las Vegas, Nevada, who uses lvdi.net, which is an ISP with five offices, and one just happens to be in Las Vegas (the other four aren't anywhere near Earth Computer Tech).
If you then take a little trip over the Earth's page, it's quite easy to see that they are located in San Juan Capistrano, California. They did just move, but their old location was also in California, (San Clemente, I believe).
Now there may be some relationship between Earth and codeman, but it's pretty safe to say that codeman would have one hell of a commute if he actually worked at Earth Computer Tech !! Maybe the whole thing is a big conspiracy and cover up, but much as I enjoy a conspiracy theory, that's just too far fetched.
My experience with Earth was quite reasonable. There certainly wasn't anything fraudulent (IANAL). They didn't charge my credit card (or if they did they reversed the charge before it hit my bank), so refunding money wasn't even an issue.
They believed the i-openers I had ordered would ship when they made the statement over the phone, and when I called back I think they honestly believed the i-openers would ship soon. Several days later they called me to let me know they had been screwed and wouldn't ever be able to ship those i-openers. While I would have prefered to have the i-openers, I think they handled the situation in quite a respectable manner. I've had experiences with several vendors where I'd call back again after a long time to find out they didn't have the product, so I think Earth's service was actually quite good, considering that THEY CALLED ME only a couple days after I was expecting delivery.
Anyways, if anyone's reading this thread anymore, I thought I chime in just once more to say that my overall experience with Earth Computer Tech was quite reasonable. It looks like they got screwed by whoever agreed to sell them the i-openers, and they handled the situation as well as any reasonable person could expect.
BTW: if anyone knows where all those i-openers ended up, please do tell....