Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting is not available at list price from Amazon. In fact, if Amazon reports that it will take several weeks to fulfill an order for a book, it’s likely only available second-hand. Stop hoping against hope. Personally, I’d rather you poured your energy into pre-ordering the non-existent Get Smart DVD set from Amazon, in the hopes that increased demand will encourage the studio to release the series before a movie is actually made.
If you don’t know what to do with that Cotton Ease (or any other discontinued yarn) before you buy it, and if you’ve never knit with it before, don’t hoard it. You know what? You probably won’t miss it. Save your holiday-shopping mob mentality for yarn that your experience tells you will be used for a project.
In the same vein, complaining to a company that has announced a decision to discontinue a yarn due to a history of poor sales and little interest from retailers is not going to do any good now. If you loved that yarn so much, why didn’t you buy it when it was available? Why didn’t you demand that your LYS/OBBCS (that’s obscene big box craft store) carry it? Maybe you were waiting for it to be discontinued so it would go on sale.
You don’t win yarn on eBay. If you “won” yarn, you wouldn’t have to pay for it, would you? What you did win was the legal obligation to give someone money in exchange for goods. Congratulations.