Amazon Scope Buying Warning

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    DirtyDovi
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    I had great luck snagging a new scope via Amazon.
    I only use Amazon Prime [so items they ship are stocked locally and only take 2 days to get here]
    Another nice perk is – Free shipping to me, and, if I don't like something or something is defective, 
    I just let them know, immediately get a return label e-mailed to me, print out, and ship it back.  Also Free.
    Just make sure that whatever you're looking at is coming from a reputable source or from the manufacturer.
    I usually only order things that Amazon is 'fulfilling' for the manufacturer, that way, it's guaranteed authentic, etc. 
    Warranties are also honored by both parties that way.

    Discovery 6-24×50 scope in my case.  I needed to test one to see if it worked well for several different rifles..
    If not – Back it was going to go.
    But it worked great – For the most part – So, I'll probably sell my other scopes and get more of the same Disco models.

    Sam –

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    OldLog
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    When I buy from Amazon I buy only items sold by Amazon And delivered by Amazon. Their return policy is awesom

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    DrPutz
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    I read the horror stories and thought – that could not happen to me, I only buy from Amazon Prime… WRONG!  Here's my story, I have been watching the prices of the Sightron 25018 – FT IRMOA scope.  They dipped down to the $900's and I almost bought a new one, but there was this Amazon Warehouse, Used Like New one.  I kept watching the prices and it dipped down to $750 on Sunday!  I quickly hit buy now and impatiently waited for delivery today.  I opened the Amazon box and there was the beautiful Sightron box – there were the accessories and a scope in plastic.  The scope looked a bit small – didn't quite fit the foam slot and the objective lens was smaller than expected.  I opened the semi-sealed plastic and whola…a TACVector 10-40×50 V1 presented itself.  Wow I was pissed – and quite a bit worried that Amazon would refuse the return, given that it is not the right scope in the box.  That is the fastest return I have ever done…hopefully Amazon makes good.  I will have to take pictures before I return.  Lesson Learned – save a few bucks, waste a bunch.

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    jwrabbit123
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    wow u guy got reboxed scopes? I never got this, I did order a PA arms on sale for $900 form $1299 it was a blem well Junk I asked is blem external they said yes , when it came The illumanation was horrible a wind dot showed 3 or 4 dots I called they told me I had a eye disorder lol but I sent it back , It was blurry like lens did not line up , I refuse to buy from anywhere but optics planet , euro optic , BH , and SWFA , they dont play games and I rather pay a few bucks more for repitable , and all places I mentioned are good people who lower prices if you ask

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    ptthere
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    It sounds to me like the previous customer who bought it "new," swapped scopes when they returned it, and it got passed on to you. And let's face it, most Amazon distribution centers are massive and with their employment structure, it would be hard for them to have accurate QC of every product being returned. I would not expect every 20-year-old kid working in a warehouse to understand the details of every product that Amazon is selling. This is why I like using Amazon but I try to stay away from the used/scratch-dent items, I try to buy "new" whatever it is (including the last scope I just puchased), that way potential problems are limited on my end.

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    DrPutz
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    Fortunately, after about a week, Amazon refunded me fully.  I was very anxious whether they would pin this issue on me.  No more used-like new warehouse deals for me. 

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    mtnGhost
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    ptthere

    It sounds to me like the previous customer who bought it "new," swapped scopes when they returned it, and it got passed on to you. And let's face it, most Amazon distribution centers are massive and with their employment structure, it would be hard for them to have accurate QC of every product being returned. I would not expect every 20-year-old kid working in a warehouse to understand the details of every product that Amazon is selling. This is why I like using Amazon but I try to stay away from the used/scratch-dent items, I try to buy "new" whatever it is (including the last scope I just puchased), that way potential problems are limited on my end.

    That has happened to me TWICE in the last couple of years! Both times involved higher end flashlights. I had a little SureFire Defender for several years, lost it somewhere on a backpacking trip, found the newer mode on Amazon and purchased it. The package arrived, but the box was EMPTY!!! I couldn't believe it. They refunded me and I decided not to roll the dice a second time.

    A  few weeks later I was up north and had stopped by an off-road shop to buy some parts that I needed and on a whim, bought a new and slightly larger Rigid Industries flashlight. The box wasn't sealed, but I didn't think much of it in terms of suspicion at the time. I popped in the rechargeable batteries that came with it, but the light didn't come on. I figured they were dead, drove home and charged them up. 

    A few hours later, the batteries were fully charged – I popped them in the flashlight, and it was STILL dead! At that point, I'm getting antsy. I took apart the head and saw that the LED and the PCB were completely FRIED. There was also debris (lint, HAIR, and general nastiness) inside of it. Immediately, I suspected that someone had probably bought one from their store, and left it on burning it out – then bought another one, swapped out the LED, and returned it for a refund. 

    They gave me a replacement, but I lost the time, gas and was pretty aggravated. 

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    ptthere
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    mtnGhost yup you got hosed a bit on that. There's plenty of shady people that can get overlooked in this world.

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