Tom is, of course, the expert on his business and his situation, but I'm still a little puzzled. Before the most recent series of posts, I was reading the current Gazette and saw on p. 59 a photo of a Yorke grain elevator kit that Jim Vail had built and put on his layout. The kit, as best I can recall, may have been advertised once, 30 years ago, and Jim calls it "rare", so I don't know how many were run. All I can say is that if I found one now, at almost any price, I would be ripping some of my layout out so I could install it. If all that stands in the way of Tom getting kits out is the cost of shipping -- per his account -- I've got to think where there's a will, there's a way.
I wonder too, though, about the choice of kits to re-run. Both the Bordello and the Rubbles depot I would put in the category of cute or caricature buildings -- there's a certain market for this, people at least advertise old FSM runs on eBay for multi-hundreds of dollars, but I wonder how thin that market may be. Tom has, over the years, brought out many other kits that, while interesting to weather and distress, are less caricatures and more day-to-day, like that grain elevator, or the Walker Evans school, or the D&RGW modern narrow gauge water tank. Or the modern buildings like the Oswego Manufacturing Company or the steel yard office.
It's hard for me to imagine that these wouldn't sell, especially if customers could be sure of prompt responses. Where there's a will, there's a way.