I have a similar experience with mine that I got from a seller that goes by the name of Yukon777. Originally asked him if the reels he was selling (not the one I got) came in any colors. He came back to me that no those didn't but he would check with his mfg and see what he could do. Well $70 to my door with a 1wk lead time for a new reel and in the color I wanted and I have to say I am impressed with what I got vs. my Redington Crosswater 5/6/7wt reel.
Will be taking it to my Orvis 101 class on Sunday and then Monday up to my local spot to try out. Gave a bit of a review in the Ebay Reel thread (though someone came in and threadcrapped it already).