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Paul December
03-10-2010, 01:00 PM
I got my new Lanikai 8 String and really like the sound and the action ... but ...
... the white strips running down the edges of the neck (purfling?) has several deep cracks right at the edges of the metal frets.
I guess I could live with these tiny cracks, but am afraid they may soon chip-out which would be very visible and I probably could even feel when playing.
Opinions?

leftovermagic84
03-10-2010, 01:19 PM
I'd look into exchanging it.

mailman
03-10-2010, 01:22 PM
Got any pix?

Paul December
03-10-2010, 01:36 PM
Got any pix?

I'll try posting some later...
...they are "V" shaped, with the point of the "V" touching the edge of the metal fret.

ukeskywalker79
03-10-2010, 02:46 PM
I'd look into exchanging it.

Agreed!!! If it was advertised as brand new there should be zero cracks. You shouldn't have to "live with it."

Paul December
03-10-2010, 02:54 PM
Agreed!!! If it was advertised as brand new there should be zero cracks. You shouldn't have to "live with it."

Yea, you guys are right...
...unfortunately the listing says buyer covers shipping on returns/exchanges :mad:
What's the cheaper way to ship (mainland US)? USPS or UPS
The last time I shipped a uke (Chicago to Hawaii) USPS charged me $35 :(

GrumpyCoyote
03-10-2010, 03:00 PM
I got my new Lanikai 8 String and really like the sound and the action ... but ...
... the white strips running down the edges of the neck (purfling?) has several deep cracks right at the edges of the metal frets.
I guess I could live with these tiny cracks, but am afraid they may soon chip-out which would be very visible and I probably could even feel when playing.
Opinions?

Binding - fretboard binding specifically. And no, cracked binding is not something you should ever see on a new uke. Returnsies.

As for cheap, not sure. $20-30 seems about right.

Yet another reason I avoid ebay.

dnewton2
03-10-2010, 03:20 PM
I have shipped a Tenor uke on two occasions. Once from VA to CA and once VA to MN. Both time I used Fed Ex and it was around $10 each time.

Paul December
03-10-2010, 03:37 PM
I have shipped a Tenor uke on two occasions. Once from VA to CA and once VA to MN. Both time I used Fed Ex and it was around $10 each time.

$10 is more like it ... thanks.

Paul December
03-10-2010, 04:00 PM
It's killing me having to pack-her-up...
...I'm really enjoying playing this thing.

haolejohn
03-11-2010, 02:33 AM
Yea, you guys are right...
...unfortunately the listing says buyer covers shipping on returns/exchanges :mad:
What's the cheaper way to ship (mainland US)? USPS or UPS
The last time I shipped a uke (Chicago to Hawaii) USPS charged me $35 :(

$35 isn't bad to Hawaii. You are having bad luck with your last few purchases.

Paul December
03-11-2010, 04:03 AM
... You are having bad luck with your last few purchases.

Ain't that the truth!
The last uke I had to return actually had the same problem, but worse - the binding was cracked, and some had already chipped away. In that case, it wasn't as visible because the binding was dark-on-dark, and lower on the neck where I don't really play (yet :) ). I wonder if this is a common problem. I double checked my other ukes, and fortunately they didn't have it.

the52blues
03-11-2010, 04:44 AM
I assume you have called them to report the flaws and that you are sending it back? Also did you discuss with them why they didn't check it first before sending it since you have to pay for shipping? Now I hear that this isn't the first time? Or was that from a different source? This is another reason for me to shop local or have a local store do the shipping then you can check it before buying it. (The only place I would consider ordering from is MGM. Mike actually spends time setting up the neck and checking it over before shipping)

bbycrts
03-11-2010, 05:01 AM
Paul - you should make a case for no return shipping charges and full refund. If the flaw was there when you got it and they didn't disclose, then they didn't properly represent the uke and you shouldn't be liable for the charges.

Paul December
03-11-2010, 05:26 AM
I assume you have called them to report the flaws and that you are sending it back? Also did you discuss with them why they didn't check it first before sending it since you have to pay for shipping? Now I hear that this isn't the first time? Or was that from a different source? This is another reason for me to shop local or have a local store do the shipping then you can check it before buying it. (The only place I would consider ordering from is MGM. Mike actually spends time setting up the neck and checking it over before shipping)

This one is actually from a different place than the other uke.
I did try to get one 1st from one of the "Usual Suspects" as I normally do, but they either didn't carry the brand or the mode.

Paul December
03-11-2010, 05:31 AM
Paul - you should make a case for no return shipping charges and full refund. If the flaw was there when you got it and they didn't disclose, then they didn't properly represent the uke and you shouldn't be liable for the charges.

Thanks, I think I will. Actually when I 1st read the listing I took "returns" as meaning you just didn't like the uke and wanted to return it ... but I guess it could mean defective as well.
Here is the listing (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370339657271&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT) - What do you think?
I've contacted the seller explaining the problems and am waiting to hear back.

Paul December
03-11-2010, 09:39 AM
Good news, the dealer just contacted me and they are covering the return shipping cost :)
...and looking into getting me the replacement (They are a Lanikai dealer).

nikolo727
03-11-2010, 09:43 AM
good luck with the return. you will find another one dont worry. :D

casarole45
03-11-2010, 09:55 AM
Is a bit annoying but give them the benefit of the doubt first, its how they deal with the problem that counts.

bbycrts
03-11-2010, 10:41 AM
Thanks, I think I will. Actually when I 1st read the listing I took "returns" as meaning you just didn't like the uke and wanted to return it ... but I guess it could mean defective as well.
Here is the listing (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370339657271&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT) - What do you think?
I've contacted the seller explaining the problems and am waiting to hear back.

It's advertised as brand new, in warranty, in stock - to me, that suggests they are selling these items as first-quality items, which should mean no flaws. The return policy should only apply to you if you change your mind or just plain don't like it. If you are returning something with a defect that shouldn't have been sold as first quality in the first place, you should get a full refund, including shipping, and they should be sending you a return shipping label. Alternately, if they have another in stock that they can confirm doesn't have this issue, they could offer that as a replacement; you still shouldn't be having to cover the cost to return the flawed one or to ship the replacement.

I'm not a lawyer, and I don't play one on TV, but my sense of proper business practice tells me that's what I would be asking for (refund or replacement)

bbycrts
03-11-2010, 10:41 AM
Good news, the dealer just contacted me and they are covering the return shipping cost :)
...and looking into getting me the replacement (They are a Lanikai dealer).

You beat me to it! And it sounds like they're making good!