Connor, you got me perfectly right.The Meat man wrote: ↑Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:57 pmI see what you are saying, and I agree that "cherry picking" (i.e., buying multiple knives just to pick the best one) is ethically questionable. However I don't think that is what the OP was doing. (I am open to correction on this OP)
No matter how much research you do, no matter how many YouTube videos you watch, ultimately, you will never know exactly how the knife feels until you get it in hand. And sometimes, despite all your research, it just isn't the right fit. This isn't cherry picking.
In the above case, which is, I believe, what Wartstein was talking about, as long as it is in keeping with the retailer's return policy, there is nothing morally or ethically wrong with returning an item whatsoever. In this case, the retailers absolutely do make the rules. It's their return policy; they are at perfect liberty to make it as they wish; if they consider "not liking it" a valid reason for returning, then it is a valid reason for returning.
Again, Wartstein, feel free to correct me if my understanding of your scenario is incorrect.
I'd never buy multiple knives in order to "cherry pick"
I'd even never order a knife I am not sure I like and planning on sending it back if I don't
All I am talking about is: Ordering a new knife model you did your research on, are almost 100 % sure you'll keep at least for a while, but have in the back of your mind as a very last possibility to make use of the return option that is a legit part of the totally fair and square deal you officially made after all.
For me that leads to that I am purchasing (and keeping) MORE knives than I would otherwise, so a win for Spyderco, the retailers and me.
And, again: I only ONCE ever returned a knife and got another instead from the very same retailer...