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1. We talked about the RS16's "discontinued" status in detail below and that thread contains a few more links. No comparable model or recast is being offered by Klarus right now, so people who like the particular features and ergonomics of the RS16 aren't going to find a better version currently. And since the RS16 has been available since at least 2012, I doubt that any production issues are the reason it's being phased out. It's also possible that this China-based company is using discontinued correctly in the technical sense but without being familiar with the nuances of common usage: they might not know that the word can have negative connotations beyond its denotation.
2. Massdrop often sells discontinued or older models at a discount. As we said in our conversation, this is nothing new.
To me when I hear the word "discontinued" it sounds like this is sold as is with no warranty.
As if they are trying to get rid of the stock they've had left over.
I guess if we purchase those are the consequences to consider.
In my experience, your scenario splits into two distinct real-life scenarios.
Yes, in nearly every case, the manufacturer is getting rid of leftover stock. If we didn't live in a desertful of internet vultures purchasing compulsively and in bulk, we'd be able to pick up that stock reliably during sales or at adjusted prices.
Re remaindered items without warranties: that's possibly true in some drops, but not in the TEAC drops I mentioned and probably not here.
Besides which, Massdrop tends to take care of customer returns even in those cases. Exceptions can be custom items like the Ichiban jeans in the N&F drop, but I've found that Massdrop takes care of you even in those cases.