So I started wondering what it would be like if pipes were marketed and sold the same ways as guitars are. Can you imagine a $3k Castello being picked up and handled by anyone, smoked, chomped, reamed, scorched, banged against the wall, etc. and then paying full price? Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Well, it IS ridiculous and it should not be practiced in either business!
So now it's your turn! Tell us what you think! Would you buy a pipe (as "new") if it had been abused, smoked repeatedly, etc, by customers of the shop?