That is very true. Sometimes we can use the part right away and other times we buy it because it's on sale, cheap shipping, etc. knowing it will be a while before it can be installed. Guess we have to be careful and consider mechanical vs. non-mechanical parts (ex. sail panels).it takes some of us(me) years to get our cars to a point where we can use the parts that we bought
I can certainly see how companies have to draw the line somewhere, but I think they would gain more in the long run with customer satisfaction and loyalty if they considered the issue on a case-by-case basis and not a blanket policy. How many individuals are purposely trying to screw a company over a part? Bet it doesn't happen nearly as often as a company trying to screw the individual to save a buck.