We finished the 2013 survey period with a total of 235 returns received, of which 15 were incomplete (and remained incomplete, in spite of several reminders to amend). This gave us, in a quirky coincidence, exactly 220 valid returns.
We might have gotten more, had not a massive, malicious hacking attack on Monday morning, August 26, 2013, halted operations. Repeated invitations to participate in the survey had gone out to approx. 4,000 NET dealer email addresses, starting on July 9 (following a soft launch on July 3). The email addresses came from the i.t. master list which is based on dealer lists provided by vendors in 2012, inside track dealer subscribers and dealers who had participated in the 2011 and 2012 surveys.
It appears that the hackers grabbed the entire list, and I sincerely apologize to everyone for the nuisance and inconvenience. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND to the "SAD NEWS ... Gisela Schoell" email, because your email will go to an email adress that differs from the firstname.lastname@example.org address by a single letter (an i between the t and the r). People who respond will only receive further pleas to bail out "Gisela Schoell ... stranded in Manila, the Philippines" by sending money. These emails are NOT from me.
In the next few days we will publish, on this website, the names of all vendors who have cleared our minimum 15 dealer evaluations hurdle, so please check back soon. Survey participants and inside track subscribers should see the first survey results issue (fingers crossed!) in late September 2013.