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They were probably out of stock temporarily, and the robot scraper would have picked it up.
Just hope they see it before billy brown and stevemack clear us out.
Yet you can still buy it online
I'd prefer the database report objective rather than subjective information. If it shows a set is out of stock, it doesn't take long to check Amazon or [email protected] to see if the set is still available. Any panic in the interim isn't the fault of the database.
I thought this is what happens. Sets like exo-suit and RI are currently showing as available, even though they have been out of stock in the past.
ie: Are Palace Cinema and Parisian Restaurant Retired?
I love how you are quick to call on the database as misleading and prone to cause a panic then you create a thread with a a title that is liable to have that same effect. Though anyone with an iota of common sense would just double check on the actual sales sites and go "Huh. Ok, these are the sets I'm looking for. You don't need to have a panic. You can go about your business. Move along."
Anyway, whether the coding is messed up or not or Huw is behind on something because he's taking a well earned break,, criticising a database that includes decades' worth of data as "hopelessly out of date" when it's merely a handful of current sets that are affected seems a bit OTT.
Maybe I just use the database differently. I see it as more of a historical record. If I want to see if a set is available to buy, I check the appropriate shopping sites or click the "Buy" tab on the set's page to see which retailers have it.
The original question is a bad one, since anyone can log on to [email protected], change country to UK and see that stock is available. Thus it cannot be retired if available.
Brickset scrapes the LEGO product feed daily, so yes, if the product state changes in a given day, it will not update until the next scrape.
This data could be scraped more often, but it would be pulling server load from other activities. Keep in mind that information is more a historical guide than an up-to-the-minute product tracker.
Regarding the interpretation of the data:
If it's not available, it will have an end date marking the unavailability. This is correct, in and of itself. This doesn't necessarily mean it's retired and it's not coming back, though it may be. It is not a predictor.