FOF addressed this point with me. If the blades have been in the water less than 8 days, and they have not been treated or fouled, then FOF sends them to a "professional for glassblowing" (might be a translation thing), who attempts to make them look like new by removing any dark shadows in the gearing, teeth, and stampings.
Apparently, they are then able to resell them as new (which they essentially are). Otherwise, I think they throw them away.
I don't know if this violates any laws, but don't see it being much different than returning unused or tried on items to a store and having them put back on the shelf and resold as new.
Sounds like they are making up the rules as they go along to me. Now there is an 8 day rule. So what about the unwritten two week rule? Two weeks is more than 8 days. So they throw the ones away between 8 days and two weeks? I doubt it. So they throw away one that is 15 days old? I doubt it.
What this does tell me is that they are selling refurbished products as new every time they accept a return in violation of the Federal truth-in-advertising law.
Sending them out to someone who attempts to make them look like new sounds more than a little like refurbished. If that is not refurbished what is? They may be perfectly functional but they are refurbished.
I don't have a problem putting on a returned propeller blade as long as its functional (its not a toothbrush) but then why won't they take my perfectly functional blades back if they have to go to someone who makes them look like new. I defy anyone who can tell the difference between my blades and blades that have been in the water for less than 8 days. This is more reason that they should accept mine back. I don't think there is a 8 day rule or a 14 day rule at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. I don't know but I doubt there is a 8 day rule or a 14 day rule in Norway!
Under the circumstances and lack of notice they should make good on mine. I was never told the 8 day rule or the 14 day rule or any rule. The warranty says 3 years.
BTW, if you have a dispute with them their website says you have to proceed in a court in Norway. I think all manufacturers should offshore themselves, sell direct, and avoid liability in the country they are selling to.