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I wouldn't say Gruber "stake[d] his reputation" on the number. Here is what he said:

> I can’t vouch for the following, but a well-placed little birdie told me over the weekend that they sold a grand total of 503 Kins before they pulled the plug. 503.

That phrasing does not put absolute confidence in the number. It is very possible he was misinformed. But 8000 (as pointed out, a probably over inflated number) is still pathetic.

It's also possible they sold 500 before they pulled the plug, and 7500 after (things take a while to get down the drain, to stretch the analogy).

Still, Gruber is a rumor spreader, not a trusted source on anything.

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