It wasn't just the more vocal members of the Yellow crowd that put Chip in the hotseat. IMO Crosman's marketing polices re: the Rogue Vers. 1 and 2 are equally to blame.
According to what (I think) has been said, Crosman tacitly acknowledges that the Rogue v.1 has multiple problems (accuracy and magazine feeding issues, inability to fill from a pump, etc., etc.) by saying they're fixed in the v.2. But instead of recalling and fixing older Rogues that are still on dealer shelves to bring them up to the new standard, they're mixing the versions and allowing older, flawed guns to be sold anyway to unsuspecting customers on a luck-of-the-draw basis - at least those unsuspecting customers who don't know about the magic 412120680 serial number cutoff.
Seems to me it was this marketing decision - as much as the predictable reaction of potential Rogue buyers on the Yellow - that put poor Chip in a basically untenable position.