RESOLUTION: I have accepted ZipZoomFly's offer to refund my money on the Intel BOXD875PBZ motherboard I purchased from them.
The product I purchased included free 2nd day shipping, so there are no shipping charges to refund here. They are sending me a mailing label to cover the return shipping of board #2, as they did for the return of board #1.
Their reply (posted below) seems almost an admission of selling refurbished as new. In addition, I now question their inventory/RMA practices because board #2 they sent is older than board #1 they sent.
ZipZoomFly wrote wrote:
A request was made to send you a brand new sealed board. Unfortunately we cannot control over what's inside the sealed box and we do not open all the boxes and check them out.
In the last previous email you advised that you would only keep the box if in fact the board is refurbished by Intel themselves. If the board has an original Intel seal, it is refurbished by Intel themselves.
As we cannot guarantee as to what you will be receiving in the next replacement would you like a refund?
Please note that just because the boards have a manufacturing date of June or July it does not necessarily mean they were refurbished.
Have you tried installing the board yet to see if it even works?
It is telling that they do not say that they will look into this and determine if perhaps a batch of refurbished product has accidently gotten mixed in with the new product, and indeed they say there are no guarantees that board #3 won't have the same problem.
My guess is that ZZF and/or Intel are cleaning out the back rooms of any and all revision 2 (C26680-205 / C26680-206) product before they start shipping the version 3 (C26680-302) product that is expected to show up any time now.
I just received a phone call from them, they tried to convenience me that there really was no problem because ... <insert BS here>.
I told her that I was adding to my list of concerns the fact that ZZF had not expressed an interest in determining why this happened, and twice to the same customer. Did they perhaps receive a batch of refurbished product that accidently gotten mixed in with their new product? And that if they didn't know what was in the boxes they were shipping then why is it that they were not on the phone to their supplier Intel to figure out what was in the boxes so they could know what they were selling.
Her attitude changed, well yes perhaps they should look into what allowed this to happen, and she would issue the RMA for a full refund, and they would send a mailing label.