I am not attempting to vilify anyone, including you.
What statements of yours have I twisted?
You have claimed a cease and desist letter was sent out to EK in July.
I am saying "Well, that's interesting, to the best of my knowledge, Water Time wasn't trademarked until after July".
I was asking you how that is possible to ask someone to legally stop the use of that which you don't "own" yet.
I am honestly confused on what grounds EK is getting sued and asking you to clarify. The grounds I have been told seem SO ridiculous, that part of me is actually hoping to hear a better reason so my head won't hurt anymore from it trying to wrap the sheer stupidity of the situation.
You appear to be in the know. I am just asking, not twisting anything.
I am addressing your claims directly, because they conflict with my information.
In terms of taking it personally.
I am not the only one offended by this situation.
But, I confess, I like EK. I was a loyal customer for years when Daryl asked me to work for him. While working closely (crammed in a fairly small back office at times) with Daryl and Kristen for six months, day in and out, I grew to respect them even more. I could tell story after story about those two and their generosity and honesty. Both toward me, the customers and all they are involved with. They do business pretty straight up, imo. They have a pretty simple business plan. It doesn't involve too much more than showing up and giving it 100% every day.
It works though. I would still be there if it wasn't for personal circumstances regarding my house and girl friend.
If you know of something dark and sordid about them, just say it.
They won't sue you. It's not their style.
You have expressed that you believe that EK is killing local, small shops chances at being successful.
Why should EK be singled out when there are currently a slew of online shops, many (unlike EK) with no store fronts/overhead and no past history of providing good customer service.
Why do you have it so bad toward EK? Is it because they are successful? I feel a lot more strongly against shops that are online with no overhead or "shops" that are nothing more than a truck.
But, that's just me. Extreme Kites has been a successful retailer for a long time. They deserve their success after all that has been put in to it.
Real more than likely deserves the same for their school.
Why the two are tangling is confusing.
Anyway, I believe they didn't receive a "warning" letter.
I think it's a mute point, anyway. How EK has become entrapped in a Trademark Infringement suit brought by Real is the larger issue.
Most have already come to a consensus that the issue is ugly and probably uncalled for. But who knows, maybe an unforeseen and as yet dark secret will be revealed. A crime so intense, so dark, that only the lawyers in (Indiana is it) could resolve it. I some how doubt it, though.
I am passionate about riding, as are you. I think ultimately, a lot of what drives me to support Daryl and crew is that they were the first kite shop I encountered that made serious attempts to keep me on the water by looking after warranty issues, getting me gear, etc.
Before I ran into this shop, I can honestly say the lack of drive of other shops lost me a lot of water time. I hated that and love having a great shop I can depend on. I cringe at the thought of losing it.