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Differing perceptions re: record condition - a new philosophical take

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by adhoc, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. adhoc

    adhoc Gentlemen Prefer Stereo Thread Starter

    Long story short:

    - Purchased a record described as "mint" for both sleeve and record.
    - Seller has opened the album and shipped records outside the outer sleeve as requested to avoid seam splits.
    - The sleeve has a small seam split on the bottom edge - photo below.
    - Seller contacted re: this discrepancy, I indicate in my initial contact that I am amenable to a partial refund.

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    This was his response:

    It’s likely by the picture that this crease was formed when the record was originally stored inside. It has the makings of the beginnings of a seam split, doesn’t it?
    If this is a replica set of atoms to the copy in my photograph then it represents a deviation hitherto to me unconscious of, prior to this communication, owing to neglect of the bottom sleeve. (“Who checks the bottom sleeve?” Is the position I’m taking. A light fracture. A skeletal recognition of the pulp beneath the art).

    You asked for my suggestion on a plan of action. I suggest that you approach me with a convincing valuation of the financial reparation that you seek.

    To me. Insignificant. You jest. I play along and say, sincerely, 0.2% of the record’s value is lost in that crease.
    The number is neither here nor there. It falls within a symbolic field we might mark as trivial were we to assign qualifications to our valuations. Which I just did.

    I lived in Japan for seven years Aaron My sense of aesthetics were vastly improved by a newfound appreciation for imperfection.

    One man’s crease is another man’s historical reference.

    I’d like to hear your take on this mate? I find these kind of conversations fascinating.



    This was a new one to me. On one hand one part of me says "described as X, purchased on basis of description, does not match description, case closed", on the other hand I think he has a point, albeit a somewhat nebulous/fluffy one.

    What does everyone else think?
     
  2. Mister Charlie

    Mister Charlie "Music Is The Doctor Of My Soul " - Doobie Bros.

    Location:
    Aromas, CA USA
    Philosophy is fine but business is business.
     
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  3. DM333

    DM333 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    United Kingdom
    If someone sent me a pretentious message like that I would not be happy. You ordered a mint record, it came damaged and is not mint so you are owed a refund or partial refund.
     
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  4. biodawg

    biodawg Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    I agree. Would not want to do business with this person. If I'm buying mint then it better be perfect. If you only sent 80% of the agreed upon price, would he be upset? One man's lowball is another man's fortune.
     
  5. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    Location:
    The ATX
    That’s funny. Sounds like he could be a forum member :)
     
  6. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    So return it and get your money back.
     

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