Yes I noticed them and at worst I thought they were surface scratches and gave him the benefit of the doubt. I did request to see more pictures and none of the pictures he sent over had highlighted the stress cracks in the slightest. Let's be honest here...would I have bought them if I'd seen the cracks? No. Would anybody have bought them? Probably not. So yes, after he sent me a round of nice pictures, I gave him the benefit of the doubt and thought he's an OG nc.org member so everything must be fine. This isn't my first rodeo and I've been buying/selling used parts online for around 15 years. I know old items wont be perfect. However it's very clear to see what happened here.I mean I can pretty clearly see most of those scratches that you're highlighting in the original pictures... I don't think it's very professional to go straight to the forums to air your dirty laundry. Deal with this shit privately first.
IMO lessons can be learned here, as a seller it's important to highlight any defects so you don't end up with situations like this. As a buyer, take very close looks at all the pictures and ask for more if you aren't satisfied. This is a cosmetic item on the exterior of a car. It's used. It's not going to be perfect.