That ing sucks. I'm sorry man. I hope it gets straightened out. You've scared me away from buying consoles from AWD unless it's the rare glitchy under $20 or $30 miracle listings.
Hey thanks. It was more amusing than anything. It obviously sucks but I'm not sweating it. How any examiner of the trade-in would let this pass though makes no sense to me. 1) It's obviously not a vita. 2) It's obviously not "like new" (the reduced pic I posted doesn't capture the amount of damage on the screen) and 3) It's definitely not factory sealed, in fact all of the circular seals were cut on every side of the box and nothing was wrapped.
I spoke with a rep and they will be sending a usps pick-up person with a packing label and refunded me. They said they would do an investigation and said I was done on my end (assuming they get the thing back).
Not sure about "red flags" or whatever, but I buy a quite a bit from them, have two active kindles, and amazon prime. I haven't had any incidents in the past so I'm not too worried.
Two lessons learned though. One, I agree with you 100%. I got a mint PS4 from cowboom for around $215 with taxes a few months ago. Why I went with AWD for the vita, I'm not sure. Two, don't get greedy searching for dingers. I have had a ton of luck with dingers from AWD. In fact, I have always gotten dingers with everything intact (such as 3DS registration codes, limited edition books, etc) and always with very minor damage to the boxes. I thought that the BL Vita was a dinger from the latest printing they did, but I should have known better than to expect a dinger this late in the game (iirc that batch was sent out 9/2).
It's also interesting to see the reaction that some ppl seem to have to misfortune of others! Even so, I still wouldn't wish it upon you!
Have a great weekend and gl deal huntin'!