It seems to me when you buy a new pair of current year skis on the internet that if you get a "good deal" the skis usually arrive with dings/scratches/gouge to one of the bases. If you buy at regular price the skis come with bases pristine. This year I purchased the 09 Vision Vapor from a VERY well knownand vocal internet seller at a "good price." First pair come with small (about 1 cm) but full thickness gouge to base of one ski. Second pair come with 1 1/2 inch deep partial thickness scratch to one base. I return these AGAIN and I ask the seller to please inspect the skis before shipping them to me. They say that they just ran out of stock. Although the website (5 days later) still has 4+ in stock?
So I switch to another seller, same thing. Again, getting them for a "good deal."
Interestingly enough, this year I also bought a pair of 09 Nordica Firefox from another dealer at more of a regular price---bases pristine.
I understand that unless blemishes are major and against the grain they will not affect performance. Well if I buy a new car that has scratches on it, those won't affect performance either but I sure as heck won't like it.
Each pair of blemished skis were not damaged by the shipping, so I'm sure the manufacturer sells these skis to the dealers at a cheaper price then they get pawned off on us. I 've bought about 8-9 pairs of new skis online over the years and it seems that online the "good deals" come with damage. I guess I would just rather pay the extra money or buy local. I'm done with the "good deals."