Back to the original OP.
Back door deals are done every minute of every day. Companies do it for all kinds of reasons.
Before we get on the new Heritage we can’t be so naive in thinking that the old Heritage didn’t do the same thing. The new Heritage just did it in a big and what turned out public way.
I know of HOC members that brokered deals without going through “Dealers” including me.
I fell in love with Heritage Guitar 25 years ago and will be a supporter until they close the doors. I’m from Michigan and I am proud of the Kalamazoo story.
My 2 cents