Hi, I just bought a cast iron griddle on ebay. It appears vintage and is unmarked other than an engraved 6 (9?) on its bottom. Though I'm curious as to the maker, my reason for purchasing was its design, not brand.
I'm unable to load an image from my iphone, but it's overall dimensions are 10" x 10" square (excluding 5" handle), double-lipped (top/bottom), 9/16" thick with an actual 3/8" cooking surface thickness.
At $38 (free shipping), I surely overpaid, but it's what I wanted—sadly, once delivered, I discovered it is warped 1/8".
It's been suggested here on Chowhound that if a cast iron pan is only warped 1/16" then it is still usable. In my case of 1/8", the griddle is entirely functional for any non-liquid item, but after checking my stove for level, added water favored one side of the skillet.
The seller stated it was in "excellent condition", which it seemingly appears to be since it doesn't rock on its own. Considering his 99.9% rating with 687 transactions—only 1 negative feedback within the last 12 months (member since 2011...a busy boy), I think it was unwittingly listed as excellent condition.
Finally to my question, the seller offers a 14-day return policy, but I'd like to keep this griddle since I primarily bought it for grilled sandwiches and toast...as well as being useful for many other non-liquid things. That being said, being warped, this griddle is not worth the $38 paid so I intend to ask the buyer for a partial refund. I'm not an avid ebayer, what amount is a fair value for this griddle, and how likely is the seller to agree to a partial refund?