It's funny what some will call bashing when all you're doing is just talking about the things people do.
It's actually interesting as I can remember back in the day when I got my got my first enlightenment as to what Horizon does and yeah this is a long story but if you want to really complain about this then would be good to read.
For me this was after going through all the junk I talked about with the Cx2 and as that since that was just my only experience I really didn't know about them and thought it was just that I had gotten something that wasn't good enough.
So then I saw the B400 had just come out and all the fan fair and all these people we're talking about it and it was all promoted as the most amazing thing ever and actually there had been one first small shipment that a very few people had gotten (and many had broken just in like my lack of part supply story) so I was very interested but still wasn't sure especially as I had dumped so much into the Cx2 if this hobby was something I wanted to get into if it was going to be like this.
So like a whole lot of others I looked around and found a LHS down south that was selling the next shipment really cheap so I placed a order and so did a whole bunch of others on the board with this shop as well as other shops but at full MAP.
Well, all the wait of it built and everyone was going nuts and the night they were all supposed to ship, people were coming online and talking about getting their shipment notices from all the places they paid full MAP...all except for the people who ordered it from this low priced LHS (which btw had sold a lot under the first shipment for this low price an kinda how the word got around and why so many ordered from them).
Then with in two days we all found out why which was that the day they were supposed to ship them to this LHS, that and with no reason or notice, Horizon cut them off cold and wasn't even going to honor the orders.
So a huge thing erupted on the boards and lots of posts were made and mails were even sent directly to Horizon including the one like mine begging them to at least let my pre-order be honored, to which Horizon didn't do for anyone, nor even reply to a one, nor even offered a explanation to anyone.
But it was in all this that I an many others learned of their MAP price fixing scheme and that this is why they did this, as well as many many other things about them of all their other games and tricks to fleece people out of their money such as the ones I and others have been talking about.
But also want to note at this point that they're were a ton of blind ignorant fans of theirs back then as they didn't have the product line out that they have now an many who would just defend them to the death with very few others who got them for what they were.
In the end though everyone got their money back but the LHS went out of business and so in the end I realized I obviously really wanted a good helo so I decided to build a TRex 450SE V2 as that was the best at the time, but also did so with the commitment that I wasn't going to use a singe Horizon made, or even distributed part on it, and that thing flew without a single mechanical failure for 5 years now and even still is one I have today as I just converted it to a 450 Pro V2.
But what was also funny was I watched the boards and for all those people who defended the 400 and Horizon so bad, it was some small comfort as most got what they deserved as that thing was a mess unless you dumped a huge amount into it replacing every part (which was a tough market then as wasn't much out their) but to which showed me it would have been exactly like the Cx2. Btw noticed that thing has been discontinued, so have fun getting the parts for that in a year or so.
So fasts forward to many years later and with not following the mini market much I just happen to come upon the 120SR in a LHS and it had just been released an all in all, it looked like they had fixed many things about their builds and learned a lot about things and so after checking into thought I would get one, and funny note on this is just even for a joke I made this big thing with the guy at the LHS to sell it to me for just literally one penny under MAP so I could say I didn't pay that for it and he wouldn't budge.
At any rate, I enjoyed the helo and really didn't have to spend too much on it (as I said, always felt it was their one mistake) and even did eventually find a LHS just in the next state that was selling things a little under MAP for a good parts supplier for what little it needed.
So after bout a year I think the next big thing of the mCPx came out and thought, huh, the 120SR but in a CP. But given all I know now was going to really wait. But what was even more interesting is the LHS I was getting all my parts from was selling this in a pre-order for well under MAP, and it got out on the boards as the place to buy, and I even wrote posts saying shhh, keep that quite as HH will cut them off and I know as they did it with the B400 (and a few others I had herd since then and really for me also didn't want to loose my 120 parts source too) but everyone who hadn't been around back then said I was nuts and a basher and all kinds of stuff, but guess what....sure enough right before the day it was to come out....poof....cut off at the knee's.
Friggen aye, now I lost my great 120SR parts source.
So I past on the mCPx and glad I did as despite all the fan fair and tons of vids of its indestructibility, saw right off all the post of people getting hit in the face with blades and all the other eventual defects of it that unless again, you dump a bunch of money into it, its worthless for all it is billed to be.
So then fast forward to the 130 and really thought I would have known better by now, but I really was in the market for a small and tough bird like the 120 but one that is CP as I'm finally getting into that. So I thought, well, its at least bigger and more the size of the 120 so perhaps it will be more like it and it too had all the promises and vids and talk and so I got one, but what a piece of junk that has been too unless again, you spend a ton of money for Hope-Up parts that make the helo really cost more then twice what you paid for it and way more then it really should be as I know I will be looking at a good $500.00 and for this little thing???
So all in all is just another in the long line of things like the Cx2, the B400, the mCPx, and now the 130 and while you will say this is all development, one thing sure has stayed the same as its all promoted to be and do all these things, but never is all that until you spend a ton of money on it.
So in the end, buy into all the HH crap if you want and for sure I know there is a big market of those who do, but there always is a lot of people who just seem to love crap and getting hosed, and always will be I suppose. But doesn't mean it isn't crap.
But to actually get to my point here bout the supposed "bashing" is that at least at this point, one thing that has come from all they have put out is that more people now know more about them, and their products, and what they are like, an at least now when you come to the boards, you don't get all the fans slamming you so much and get more who post about how screwed they feel. Guess it's kinda like that saying that if you are actually stupid keep your mouth shut and since Horizon doesn't, more now actually know.
So I know the fans who don't care about anything or anyone but themselves will always see it as bashing but really is just all taking about what they have done and is just like mbarhsi said, the shoe being fitted.