The auction listing read :
This vintage pair of binoculars by Binolux is in great condition, though the carrying case is a little weathered. There are no scratches on the lenses, but the most interesting feature here is the compass (yes, it works) that is built into the top of the carrying case. All in all, a very interesting and useful item as well.
The diopters have MUCH play in them, but they still work. Worse, looking down the right barrel from the objective, a large chip/impact is visible on the inside of the lens element. It doesn't appear to be on the objective, nor the eyepiece, it looks like the prism possibly. At any rate, when looking through the bino normally, the flaw is not that noticeable as the brain averages the two views (collimation is ironically good). Closing the left eye and looking the right ep, the flaw renders part of the field as "clouded" and blurry. There is also a good size dent on the objective cell that implies this binocular was dropped or banged really hard. None of this appears to be caused by the shipper, as the box is in pristine condition.
Even though I qualify for a refund, I am not going to pursue it. I only paid $18.89 shipped for the bino, and the vendor does not refund shipping or handling charges, so I would have to eat the $8.00 s/h and return shipping. Rather than go through all of that just to get $3.00 of my money back, I will keep them. The left side is in good shape and might make a good 7x50 finder for a scope or monocular. Oh well. Lesson learned. The seller was obviously not an optics person (and didn't pretend to be), so I don't think the oversight was intentional.
I guess fixing them would be more hassle/money than they are worth.