And here's the best part, we can thank Six Flags for putting them into bankruptcy. After all the problems they had with Batwing/X-Flight and the GIB's, they wouldn't pay for any of it! You probably won't see another Vekoma product installed at a Six Flags anytime soon (and it's a shame as I love the Madhouse).
Hey, there's the big shiny new ride installation going on at SFGAdv. Maybe SF thinks that Intamin is next in line for destruction! =) I'm kidding! **added for the people on here that don't understand smiley faces...lighten up folks!** =)
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Well, Six Flags can, and does, pressure companies to sell rides at lower prices, since they have considerable leverage as the largest BUYER in the market for rides. I wouldn't say it's SF's *fault* that those companies went under, but they certainly played their part...consider that X was *designed* to go about 120' tall, would that have made a difference in its performance...my instinct tells me it would have, but I could be wrong.
SF, as THE primary purchaser of rides, is still in an enviable position, and while they don't DICTATE the terms of their contracts, they definitely have a larger say than a mom-and-pop who might be looking for ONE new ride every five years or so...
I say that Dawns Chocolate martinis are deadly. One taste and I knew I had to stay away or there would be some silly shenanigans by a 39 year old.
Brian, meet you at Gators house, I want to see what they have collected every 5 years myself.
As for causing companies into chapter 7 or 11, they put themselves into that position, they agree to contracts, they always have the ability to opt out or agree or negotiate better terms. I am wondering if the legal team at SF is better than the financial team, if it is, get them into the CFOs office. Thats why contracts are made.