Not following you. You did or didn't what?
How did you get the idea I thought CR was a retailer? It was clear that I thought that if the sale was a clearance sale, CR, as a reliable resource for information, would have reported it as such.
You asked "Was the sale marked as a clearance sale or was the disclaimer "while supplies last" used?
I responded: "I can't speak for any other retailer, but at Adorama, we didn't
You said: "I am curious as to whether the retailers
involved knew this was a clearance sale"
As far as I am aware, Adorama is the retailer
being discussed in this thread
You said "CR didn't mention it in their announcement. If they knew, I would think they would have made the distinction"
Adorama didn't classify it as a "clearance sale" so there is no reason to suppose that CR, an Adorama affiliate, would do so either.
You said; "I do not recall seeing this on any of the websites I visited looking for the item", which suggests that none of the retailers whose websites you visited classified it as a 'clearance sale' either.
I am really sorry for your disappointment, and the disappointment of everyone else who wasn't able to jump on this deal in time, but when an item is in limited supply, and the demand is greater than that supply, someone will miss out.
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