There's a wide range of what could be considered factory flaws. Hairs under the chrome in the conduct coat. Swirl polish marks [from buffer pollishing] under the chrome in the conduct coat. Dirt [same same], micro pitting, which looks like a zillion little pinprick pits [same same] then you get to the scratching, and they scratch very easily. I've seen many direct out of factory shipping box that were quite scratched all over, and many that were pristine as far as scratching out of the box. Now 4 years later you're going to find scratching on most of them. It all depends on how much scratching you're willing to accept, because if you're going to play it, it's just going to scratch more, just wiping one down will scratch it.