Two things arrived today. Or, three, depending on how you count them. We got the UPS return label to return the two PMD Silver Reverse Proof Sets to the Mint on their dime. (They'll cover the return ticket, but ONLY if you bring up the topic. They will not volunteer that information! If you don't ask for it, you're left with the tear-off return tag on the invoice, and its terms -- i.e., seven day return priv., and YOU-pay freight.) We also got -- in our mailbox -- two boxes from them, with one of the sets per box. I'd been seriously considering/pretty much planning on leaving them in the sealed/unopened boxes, on the theory that this would impute some additional value to them in a few years. But, after our 20% failure rate, and the even worse disasters others have experienced (one guy had a 100% failure rate; another guy posted photos of his PMD coins -- good grief, worse than the worst bag-marked crap I've ever seen) -- and using "standard extrapolation metrics" (i.e., something like for every one customer who complains, a hundred will silently grit their teeth and either eat the loss, or try to resolve it without going to post something about it on the net), I concluded that there is a nontrivial chance of one or both of these sets being crap. Now, this will probably be common knowledge in a few years ("2018: The Year the U.S. Mint Crapped on its Customers") -- which will either 1) make people say NO WAY am I gonna buy a pig in a poke!, or, 2) add to "the thrill of the chase" (only to those addicted to gambling). What do I do? Do I open them up and look for damage? And if there is some, return them, and hope there's still remaining stock when they finally get around to processing it? (It took them two stinking days to email us a link to get the shipping label!) I checked yesterday; as of Tuesday, they'd sold roughly 3/4 of the maximum number of sets to be minted (no one outside the Mint knows the actual number to be minted -- everyone seems to think it's 200,000, but it clearly states that's the maximum number, not the actual number) -- so, I'm worried about even getting the ones we're sending out today returned, instead of refunded. PS: To quote Procol Harum, "If I'd known then, what I know now..." -- I'd have opened both our bad sets, swapped dimes, and then instead of having two sets with one bad coin each, we'd have one bad set with two coins. That way, even if they're out of stock, we'd at least only be losing one set. But, since I did not learn that the "lenses" were openable until after we'd reported two bad sets and gotten the wheels turning, we were committed to following through. This is a mistake I won't make again -- assuming I open these boxes, and, find two different problem coins on two same-coin lenses. (If only it'd been a bad dollar (or dime) in one kit, and a bad quarter in the other, it'd have been a quick presto-chango. Story of my life...) So, the question is, do I open these boxes, or do I not open these boxes? Advice eagerly solicited!