Select which course of action indicates overreacting...
start a thread on head-fi with the title I kinda feel that ALO scammed me
privately contact the fabricator with concerns
A scammer defrauds the customer. It would be suitable to use scam if you never received a cable or if it were made of materials clearly inferior to those depicted.
There is nothing wrong with asking for corroboration on one's evaluation of product quality. The collective wisdom of head-fi affords each of us a great resource. Let's think carefully about our word choice before we write for public consumption.
Disclaimer: I have had no dealings with ALO nor do I know Ken.
I've seen a lot of threads like this, including one where the poster started a thread wondering aloud if he was being scammed because he had not received his package 72 hours after placing his order, and his e-mail asking about it (over the weekend) had not yet been answered. It seems to me that sometimes, with the easy accessability of sites like this, we sometimes fail to consider the impact of our words. I also think that dealing with a seller with whom we have no past experience can sometimes be unnerving, and can ratchet up our response to an inappropriate level.
It would have been one thing if the OP had started a thread titled "Not crazy about the construction of my ALO Cryo-Doc". Given his concerns about the construction, it's not an unreasonable action (I wouldn't do it without contacting the vendor first, but that's another matter). Unfortunately, that's not what happened here. The OP used inflammatory language, and implied intent...having yet to contact the seller and even make him aware that there is a problem. Seems like someone jumped the gun to me.
For something to rise to the level of a scam would require IMHO fraud, as the quoted poster also points out. Not only is this more than a bit unfair to the seller, but it probably also DECREASES the likelihood that the matter will be settled to the satisfaction of all parties. I mean, how accomodating would you be if someone posted that you scammed them on a high-traffic public site like this one? Someone who has in fact received their product, and (given that he's apparently unhappy) hadn't even taken the time to contact you?? Frankly, if it were me, I'd be pissed. I'd feel like my integrity was being impugned, and would probably be tempted to write the buyer off as a crank and move on.
I don't mean for that to seem as harsh as it probably does. I just want to present this as a cautionary tale for all of us. I've seen this sort of thing happen a lot on this site, and I don't see where it helps anyone - buyer or seller - reach a happy outcome. All I would ask, before ANY of us post something like this, is that we take all appropriate measures to resolve the matter with the seller in question.