Posted By Russ Carroll
Scott Satko said:
Just wanted to run something by the group. I bought a type 4 Nagler from a well-rated seller for approx. 80% of the current "new" retail price, which I thought was a fair price for an EP described as "excellent condition." (The seller had actually listed the EP for closer to 85% of retail value, but I offered 80% and the offer was accepted.) Now, silly me, I didn't ask questions like "how do you define excellent," and "is the barrel marked up." The EP arrived today, and the optics appear excellent, but the chrome barrel appears well-used, with a circumferential ring of set-screw marks. I know, I know...EPs aren't meant to be looked at, just looked through, but if I ever decide to sell this EP I'm definitely going to take a loss (well that is, unless I just list it as excellent and hope nobody asks any questions, but I won't do that).
What do you all think? Should I: ask the seller for a partial refund? Chalk it up to another of life's little lessons and ask better questions next time? Either way I'll enjoy the EP, and it's probably all a moot point since I'll probably never sell it. Anyway, maybe I'm just being silly, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.
What you will never really know is if the seller had disclosed what are basically cosmetic blemishes to you, whether you would have bought it anyway. You probably would have, but who knows.
I personally think you should either keep it or send it back for a full refund. Asking for and offset just seems unsporting to me, particularly if it isn't diminished at all in terms of viewing. However, explaining why you want a refund and wanting to send the item back might cause the seller to offer you cash to keep the item.
If it was NIB or "Like New", I think you have more of a right to be disappointed. Excellent where it matters would have been a better description, but the usage marks should have been disclosed along with the term "excellent condition".
Just some thoughts.