The skis were not being sold as blems by skis.com, I purchased them for around $425 during a sale they had over the summer.
I think what must have happened in the factory is that the machine that prints the recommended mark on the sidewall somehow printed the mark in the wrong place and it slipped past quality control, and then the tech didn't check the mounting point (just trusted the sidewall mark) and didn't have the skis next to each other when mounting the bindings because it should have been pretty obvious if they were. Even when just looking at the topsheets, there are star designs right on the mounting point that I would assume you would notice if one binding was on them and the other was placed farther back.
I was the first one to notice that the mount was incorrect, I took the skis home before setting them next to each other and immediately noticed something was
I will check the serial numbers of the skis and take a picture of the sidewalls when I pick them up from the ski shop as I haven't gotten around to going and picking them up yet, I will probably do that tomorrow.
The shop doesn't actually carry Blizzard skis which is slightly inconvenient, but when I go to pick up the re-remounted skis I am planning on having the shop tech call Blizzard again in order to work out a deal.
I'd be pretty happy with an equivalent amount of store credit at the online store from Blizzard, maybe I can get a new pair of skis. However, I would not say no to a new pair of the 2013 Cochise either.
The way this reads is that:
- You got a pair of 2012 Cochise for $425.00
- The shop tech wasn't paying attention and drilled 4cm off, which should be noticeable to a shop tech, even if its mis marked on the ski
- You want to keep the twice-drilled skis and get a)store credit for $500.00 or b) 2013 Cochise (Value $749.00?)
- OR, you want Blizzard to give you 2013 Cochise
I had a pair of skis mis-drilled a few years ago by a shop tech who wasn't paying attention. I had originally bought the skis on line for $200.00(new).
The ski shop didn't carry these skis so they had me bring in my receipt and gave me a store credit for the receipt amount, and they wanted the skis.
Essentially, they bought the skis back for the amount I paid for them.
At most, I can see this ski shop giving you a store credit for what you paid, plus the cost of the mount, but I'm sure you'll have to hand over the skis.
As for Blizzards part on this, Skis are mis-marked more than you think and its crazy for any shop tech to mount without checking. 4cm is a lot and they should have noticed.