If it were me, I'd chalk this up to a reasonably cheap lesson. But my opinions, based purely on what I have read.
Communication. Had the OP handled it differently, the typical outcome from Ronin is...keep it and we'll ship a new one. Had it been me, the FIRST place I'd look is the boxes etc, to ensure it was shipped that way. Then, if I had not read them, I'd look at the return policy. After that, it's up to how clearly you communicate etc. You may have done all this, or just some.
Truly, your experience is valid, and great info. It gives the community a way to possibly track trends.
But I'm not sure I could have handled it better myself. I can say, Ronin has always been a solid vendor for many of us.
Just my .02
"When an Old Man dies, a library burns to the ground."
Attributed to an African Proverb This is my official mod voice.
Anyway, the DSA saga has been rinse and repeat for many years, including the occasional visits showing no large scale forging. Add to the facts that when Robert Marks was fronting for DSA in 2013/2014, he fully admitted on a deleted myArmoury thread that sword blanks were being brought in through the US. Not long after my mentioning DSA could produce a "Day in the Life" video, ala Albion, DSA did publish a video with a disclaimer it wasn't posted to prove anything. sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/thread/41503/presenting-quot-life-darksword-armory
Since this is a Ronin review, what say we leave DSA out of the context of this review? Not only is it repetitive narrations regarding DSA, it becomes rather apparent some would rather dwell on the DSA controversy than discuss Ronin as its own entity.
I apologize if this is actually Dandelion (who entered saying she would only post in the classifieds, then got bored not posting elsewhere) but THESE EXAMPLES OF EXPRESSION read a whole lot more like Holger at both the SBG facebook group and myArmoury. Why not just release Holger to post, or re-register? There is no reason to have a double standard and allow him in the fb group and not here.
At any rate, why let a review become a mosh pit? The same with classified ads. I typically don't post to reviews if I don't have something constructive to write. In this case, I can only write that SBG has not learned much in its 15-16 years of operation.
No, sir - he is NOT at the keyboard again! Women have brains as well, you know? We too LEARN; and we especially know bullsh*t whn we see/hear/read it... its a special ladies thing! Truth is he is in the FB group, and he seems just feeling OK there. He is even admin in another FB group, can you imagine that? And he has all hands full keeping "pakistamascus" (his name for the stuff, not mine) sellers and other super smiths from the group...
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durinnmcfurren: He is using a picture of my viking equipment. He has nothing to do with me. This is a very niðinger-like act on his part! Not drengr at all.
Sept 17, 2021 0:16:30 GMT
aldarith: account name sanxxjones
Sept 16, 2021 23:55:25 GMT
aldarith: Scammer is at it again
Sept 16, 2021 23:55:15 GMT
lebleuchevalier: I just got a new Windlass sword and was surprised some of these are coming pre-sharpened from Museum Replicas. There's a big secondary bevel, but it came nice and sharp.
Sept 12, 2021 15:44:39 GMT
theshadowrealm: I was in Vegas for the week, just got back from the flamingo. Did a whole lot of stuff.
Sept 11, 2021 17:26:39 GMT
treeslicer: Glad you're alive. If we had dead people posting here, it could ruin the site's reputation.
Sept 11, 2021 17:23:00 GMT
nerdthenord: I'm alive. Had a pretty terrible weekend but I am alive.
Sept 8, 2021 0:40:52 GMT
Ouroboros: Master shotokan, been good if not busier than busy. Think the family has only been home 2 weekends and a week all summer. Camping fun before the winter grinds us to grist. Hope your labs come back a.o.k. long haul symptoms suck.
Aug 31, 2021 1:15:59 GMT
LoE: Lemme guess... wants a private check, no refunds. Shares stock photos. Doesn't want accountability. But has exactly whatever it is you're looking for.
Aug 30, 2021 23:19:06 GMT
LoE: Never selling it himself of course. Just a zero post guy that "knows" of someone who has one, if you'll reach out to him privately. I get tired of the scam artists. Wish they'd get arrested.
Aug 30, 2021 23:16:49 GMT
LoE: Watch out for tomk001. Seems to be the next occurrence of the same scammer aldarith pointed out. Hitting me up in PM's offering whatever I have listed in WTB.
Aug 30, 2021 23:15:13 GMT
Ouroboros: Decided to compare custom blades between rhe site listed below and hanbon (read the faq and it mentions hanbon) same options it would appear to be same? New face, old business?
Aug 30, 2021 4:42:46 GMT
tmoney: Can I get some feed back on my new store please. son-samurai.com
Aug 30, 2021 1:44:10 GMT
LoE: aldarith lemme guess, he creates an account, has zero posts, then PM's someone stating a friend of his has exactly the sword you listed in the WTB section.
Aug 28, 2021 16:00:22 GMT
shotokan: Thanks, i’m good now but it wasn’t fun for 4-5 days…
Aug 25, 2021 16:02:30 GMT
asanatheist: get better shotokan
Aug 25, 2021 12:33:50 GMT
shotokan: But I work in a level 1 trauma ER 4-5 days a week that’s been hammered by it since the beginning.
Aug 23, 2021 2:55:52 GMT
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