Upload & Sell: On
Very sorry about this episode Dennis. I don't know you but from what I've seen of your participation on FM you're one of the good guys. I wouldn't say I know Gregory well but for some months he was active on the Manual Focus Nikon Glass thread. Our paths crossed on Nikon Cafe as well. Yes, he is a bit self-absorbed, inclined to both dump photos in a post and indulge himself in rambling discourses about his experiences as a photographer. I sometimes thought he was under the influence as he wrote.
But what seems germane for this situation is the fact he is extremely casual in how he handles gear. He prides himself on being a "serious" photographer who uses his gear. Frankly, I'm not surprised that a lens he's used for over a year could be battered as you found. He often posted photos of gear and seeing it lying around his car available for quick access, I could only shake my head. I've no doubt that he would be capable of doing the damage evidenced by these photos in fourteen months. I agree with those saddened by the fact such a fine lens would be abused that way, especially a lens that is no longer in production. I'm also disappointed that Gregory would try to pass off this lens clearly in user condition as "mint." He no longer deserves the benefit of doubt I'd given him in the past. It is one thing to be self-absorbed and quite another to be running scams on FM.
Good luck Dennis. I expect your CC company will protect you. You were wise to use regular Paypal for this transaction.