A U.S. retailer (factory direct trains / FDT) offers a 1 cent pre-order system for various brands they pre-order / stock in an effort to get you to order from them instead of another hobby shop. For every similar deal you find I could name 100 US model railroad retail businesses that don't offer such a deal. FDT are the exception not the norm, their 1c deal is to get you to buy a product (such as BLI or Walthers limited editions) through them when the same products will also be available from other retailers for the same final price. Note: The manufacturer/importer BLI don't deal direct with customers for pre-ordering, they leave all that messy paperwork up to their retail dealer network. An Australian analogy for BLI is Powerline, you pre-order via retail shops (either "bricks and mortar" or online presence only).
Perhaps you should head over to your local hobby shop (the analogy of FDT) who stocks & pre-orders Auscision (or Powerline) models and demand they do a 1c (or even $1) pre-order deal else "I'll take my money elsewhere".
I Tried to help with some positives, but the usual negatives are still out there
All I am saying is that in the last 10 years and more, manufacturer/importers have tried to buy in enough product to supply the demand and thus maximize their profits, and at the same time, not have the need to maintain a warehouse.
To them warehousing is a cost they can eliminate (just as all modern manufacturers do today) Its actually not customer friendly, only business friendly.
At first they tried to get shops to pay for and stock product, but after a few years of direct sales, few hobby shops were now able to lay out the capital for anything other than pre-sold items. A Hobby shop in Sydney or Melbourne has a huge population to draw customers from, 8 million I guess? but not everybody lives there do they?
Some tried consignments, which my shop did take up. However they are now regarded as too small to service, and have lost this agency. Despite having 60 or more locomotives in their show case!
Do existing methods work? Well if you (as a customer) have inexhaustible supplies of cash, I guess you
think they do. But for many of the customers this is no longer an option. In my case, I cannot find cash any minute a manufacturer calls for deposits, but I may be able to put away enough to buy the product by the time they arrive, 2 years later. I think lots more folk are in this class than those in this place, responding in the negative here think.
The tone of the negatives here is typical Railpage, and some times I wonder what some of you young ones do all day. I at least have an excuse. I am 71 years old.
Remember also Auscision seem to always sell out of some stock, a lot of the time on arrival in Australia.
This frustrates customers (who for good reasons could not pre-order)
And if 100 miss out, only part select another model, Auscision as a business must feel frustrated by their loss of sales.
You can see this, because after some prices go ballistic on EBay, limited numbers are re-run a year or two down the track, as is happening now with several re-releases.