I recently received a yoyo on the BST that was claimed to be a mint prototype. I made the assumption (worst word in the world) that mint actually meant mint - as in undamaged and in its original condition.
When I received the yoyo, it had two dings in it. Very small and flat, but dings none the less. I confronted the previous owner and asked for my money back. It was then “explained” to me that those were not dings, but marks made during testing of the prototypes, and that yoyo manufacturers will slightly damage the yoyos during the prototyping and testing process, but they’re still released to the public. And that’s how you know the yoyo is a prototype. It took me 2 months to actually contact the owner of the yoyo company because life is full and busy, and he told me that he does not send out damaged prototypes, ever.
So, I wanted to confirm this with anyone else that actually makes and sells their prototypes. I’ve bought more prototypes recently and directly from manufacturers. And they have been flawless.
Do you ever send out prototype yoyos that have damage on them from testing? Have I been misled by the previous owner? Thank you in advance for any information you can offer.