Everything I am about to tell you is true. I will do my best not to embellish any of the details while I attempt to explain this nearly-unbelievable chain of events.
I am a professional whisk(e)y taster. That is to say, one of the many facets of my job is to drink for a living. This detail will be important later in the story, so I bring this up not to brag (well, maybe a little) but not disrupt the actual story. I run a locally owned wine and liquor store that specializes in everything rare, unique, and obscure. My passion first and foremost is Scotch Whisky. Beyond selling whisk(e)y and managing the store, I organize tastings, events, classes, as well as run staff trainings at bars and restaurants around town. In the course of a week, I sample 20-50 new wines, beers, and spirits. In fact, occasionally, my distributors host events like mini-CanJams with 100+ different "libations"! I rely on my nose and tastebuds to find the best products for my customers. I know, tough job... (On a side note, training your palate is very similar to learning how to listen to details in the headphone world)
Beside booze, I have a sick OCD for tracking down great deals. I have been known to scour the interweb for deals even if I am not looking for anything in particular. This dirty habit inadvertently lead me to a well known-yet-contagious disease known as upgrade-itis. After upgrading my amp, and now ready for a new DAC to follow, I happened upon a deal too good to be true...
Sunday - October 6th
After looking at "The Deals Thread III" for far too long, I was inspired to find a better HD800 deal in the competitive spirit of Head-Fi. Little did I know I would find exactly what I was looking for...
At the time, the best deal was for a new set for $1200 shipped from a not so trusty looking source on Amazon. This was not acceptable, but after giving up, my attention moved to other things. By sheer luck, I accidentally typed "HD800" at Guitar Center when I meant to type HD600. Subconscious messaging or a call from the headphone-gods... The result was not "0". One used HD800 in box!
I will not post what the price was since it may offend someone, but it was both less than the $1200-new-scam and too good of a deal to be true. Debating with myself if I should post my findings or buy now and ask later, I sit tortured for hours trying to make the ultimate decision. I decide to sleep on it. If it's gone in the morning, it wasn't meant to be.
Monday - October 7th
Many times throughout that workday, I nearly pulled out my phone and "Buy Now". Moving the HD800 in and out of my virtual shopping cart so many times eventually took its toll -- that or the whiskey and wine samples at 10AM...
I had to leave work early to meet a good customer and the owner of one of my favorite local Scotch bars (Again, tough job, I know. Don't judge). Cancelled! Who cancels free whisky? But again, call it fate or the whiskey-gods intervention this time, but wouldn't-cha know, one of those above mentioned booze Trade Shows happened to be at the same time as my meeting! 15 (of the 150) wines, 30 (of the 30) beers, 11 (of the 15) whiskies, and 4 gins later, I decided I must go visit Guitar Center.
*NOTE - I do not advocate over consumption or driving while influenced. I take my job seriously and I spit everything out at a tasting. Often labeled as an "alcohol abuser" for spitting and dumping, I've learned it is not humanly possible to drink even a fraction of what I typically sample at those events and expect to remain vertical!
With the warning out of the way (people under 21yrs old you can now uncover your eyes/ears), I safely (and soberly) make it to Guitar Center...
Explaining the situation to the friendly guy at the counter, he offers to connect me to the distant Atlanta location where Sennheisers are safely sheltered. Over speakerphone we discover the following:
"These headphones are 100% mint! They are mint... except, well, er.. um..."
"There is an, um.. uh.. a smell..."
Me: "A smell?! What do you mean, 'A smell...'"
"Yeah, it kinda.. well it smells like wet gym socks. It kinda took my breath away when I opened the box."
This is just the beginning, friends! I will post more tomorrow... and yes it gets better! Feel free to ask questions, but there will be at least 2 more parts, so give it some time before it gets juicey... maybe not the best choice of words!
Edited by mrscotchguy - 10/22/13 at 9:03pm