This kind of stuff is like forensics. You're never really going to have all the information. If you put blind faith in them, they will simply more easily abuse their power. They lose their checks as the customers are the check. If a company starts doing bad practices, customers can pull their money, and that will force a company to use good business practices. They aren't just going to be like, "Oh yeah, we found some v1.4 in the warehouse and decided to sell it so that we wouldn't lose money on it." Also, almost never are you going to have all of the information, and you really can't expect to, so unless a company comes clean about what happen (which needs to come through pressure from their customers), there is no way to "know" in the more scientific sense. That should not be our standard, however. I mean, if they aren't even selling v1.4 why was it even in the warehouse?