I'm glad I checked into this thread after a long time away. I've been chasing the Pink Lady for my 'old lady'
ever since you guys first reported on it.
It looks great and would look terrific on my wife's dresser but I'm in Melbourne Oz and it is very difficult to get any EL solids here.
As such, I emailed EL and they replied it's for the US and Canada only and only gave Bloomingdale's and Saks as outlets, but the online stores for those outlets don't carry any solids (or ANY EL for that matter in Bloomingdale's).
EL give no other assistance and even trying to find out about solids on their website is impossible. They clearly disrespect the buyers of these items.
I was only just starting with EL but the reality-check you ladies offer and the lack of customer service given by EL have made me think twice.
Franklin Mint went down this path (flooding / poor quality / never-ending production of 'limited editions' / discounted pricing / no customer service) and look at what their products are worth these days on the open market - about a third of the purchase price if that.
Same thing has happened with a number of other collectible series and several of my collections are basically worthless (my great great grandkids may get some value I guess
Anyway, a number of you have pointed out the real cause of the problem and that is the access given to employees/discounters where they are undervaluing the worth of these items.
While I love the appearance of these solids and was even willing to pay $300 or more for the Pink Lady, I'm not going to now because I agree with many of your sentiments and don't want another costly, wasted collection in my family.
So good luck to you ladies. EL will only listen if you stop buying (as long as they are told the reason you have stopped buying) so I hope it all works out for you in the long run.