I would at least ski them first. The bindings appear to be off-center, but I have skied worse and not felt the difference. Your results may vary, but at least you would have some basis for deciding whether the fore/aft position or even the centering is a substantive issue for you.[Moderator Hat On]
Speaking from a moderator's point of view, these threads that relate a complaint about a store, manufacturer or other skiing business are a third rail for us. We often get requests to shut them down, and on the other side of the argument, members strongly proclaim a right to air a complaint. This has been the case for this thread as well. Officially we take the following position from the terms and conditions:
|...EpicSki is... not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the authors, not necessarily the views of EpicSki or any entity associated with EpicSki. By registering and posting here, each member agrees to accept 100% responsibility and ownership of what he/she posts.
The exception is if a complaint comes from a former disgruntled employee, competitor, or someone who is on a defamation campaign, or that clearly violates site terms. However a customer who describes their personal experiences and receives feedback, both positive and negative from other members is clearly within our terms. In the interest of an open forum, we tend to stay away from this kind of thread, recognizing the opinions of members are their own.
While it may not seem fair that a retailer has been identified for negative publicity, he is not precluded from rebuttal by himself, or others on his behalf. This does not give license for anyone to make defamatory comments about a member that expresses an unpopular opinion, in this case in support of the store, or inquiring about alternative possibilities of the circumstances giving rise to the complaint. To put it bluntly, Lou has nothing
to be defensive about here concerning his own business practices and expertise, so lay off.
The controversy here (raised by Lou) is whether it is ethical to post complaints on the internet or if such complaints should be censored. Hopefully I have been clear that personal opinions are allowed. Whether the forum views a posted complaint (or defense) as authoritative, valid or unreasonable will depend greatly on how the complaint is phrased, and the reputation of the poster. There is no free ride and complaints (and those who post them) are busted as often as they are validated.[/moderator]