Polishing Scratches Out Of Displays?

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  1. katsrevenge

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    That's my thought as well. My 'very good' d300 has a chunk out of the side... No effect on the device itself other than looks. :p

    OP, my bought new sealed in a box fitbit wrist device had those bitty markings on the front lcd, it's just a thing sometimes. A year and a half later..it looks about the same and I wear the alta nearly every day.


     
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    Don't think that thought has not occurred!

    I'm reminded of a NetGear WiFi access point I bought a number of years ago, as a backup to one I already had that is being used as a network bridge to the home theatre stuff. Was advertised as "like new."

    *snort* Scratched and scuffed seven ways from Sunday. Complained to the seller and he volunteered to knock $20 off the price, to which I agreed. In that case I didn't care, except on principle, as it's not something that'll be right in front of my face all the time.

    So it has occurred to me my quest may well be in vain. I may just give this up and be happy with the 20D my buddy gave me, which is mint.

    Then again I did acquire off eBay a flawless, literally flawless Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM Ultrasonic AF Zoom Lens, in the box, for $99. Seller billed it as "mint," and it certainly was that. So... *shrug*

    See, if that were me it would've gone back.

    I bought my wife and I used iPhone 6S' and myself a used Apple Watch (Gen 2). The displays on all three were advertised to be flawless and all three were.
     
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    I may have a similar level of OCD, but I'm also a stickler for accuracy in language, especially in a product description, I insist on it. Seller should have said "shows only the slightest signs of use upon close visual inspection". Heck even "mint-". But, once you throw the word "mint" out there, you're telling me I wouldn't be able to pick this item out of a lineup of BNIB items. The product description is no longer accurate, and that may have been the factor that influenced the buying decision.
     
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    Nailed it, zulu42, in all respects.

    Mint is defined as "Undamaged as if freshly minted," "as new," "In near-perfect condition," "Like new; in brand-new condition; unworn, as a coin recently made at a mint."

    Now I expect some liberties to be taken with descriptions. Thus I was inclined to let the display flaws slide--at first. But then I noticed the worn-to-glossiness grip and thought "Can't do it. That's going to annoy me forever."

    It's like somebody else wrote: It's be one thing if those cosmetic issues were caused by my use. That's just patina :). But to bill something as "mint" and have it be nowhere near mint? Nah.
     
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    See, if that were me it would've gone back.

    I bought my wife and I used iPhone 6S' and myself a used Apple Watch (Gen 2). The displays on all three were advertised to be flawless and all three were.[/QUOTE]

    Sometimes things come off the truck with wee marks. The tamper seals were intact, it wasn't used. It would have been more expense and trouble for the return and rebuy then it was worth. :p I mean, I planned on using it, not museum piecing it.

    Do these issues of yours show up in photos? I admit to wondering what they look like...
     
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    I think they can be made to show up in photos.

    And, believe me, I will be working on that, because the seller is balking: First trying to re-word his description as if the "In mint condition" applied only to the functioning aspect of it, now implying the scratches I claim are there are unsubstantiated.

    This guy's turning out to be a real piece of work :(
     
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    Unless the seller has a no questions asked return policy you may be stuck with it. But I will say, from what you've said, sight unseen, I'd consider that mint. One of my lenses was bought for half retail as it was a display model and if I hadn't been told it was a display (and seen the broken box seals) I wouldn't have known.

    Good luck.
     
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    We'll see. eBay's policy says "If your item hasn’t arrived or isn’t as described..." and it was described as "In mint condition."

    Wait until you see the photos my wife's preparing to send me from her iPhone. She looked up "how to photograph scratches" or the like.

    Ok. Like the lens I bought for a fraction of retail that, had I not known it wasn't NIB, I would've assumed was.

    This is the opposite: Claimed to be mint, but not anything remotely approaching "mint."

    Thanks!
     
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    Comparison between a 14 year old 20D and 11 year old 40D.

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    Update

    Seller balked at taking the un-mint body back, but finally acceded to my demands.

    Re-reviewed the Canon line from 20D through 70D. Came to the same conclusion as before: A 40D was what I wanted.

    Re-checked eBay. Decided I didn't feel up to trying that with camera bodies again.

    Found Adorama had an E+ used 40D for $224. Pulled the trigger on it. Should have it NLT Wednesday.
     
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