See, some were quite nice, actually... exactly what I had expected:
But some were overly-textured... like these didn't-use-enough-glaze plates:
And yet others were simply obviously factory screw-ups:
I had fallen so completely in love with them-- the pattern, the colour, the shape-- everything.
I sent away for a dream, and was shipped a bunch of factory seconds.
And the worse part is, I'm still in love with them-- the normal ones-- but there are no more to be had, so I can't replace the defects. I'm either stuck with the lot of 'em, or I have to begin my hunt for dinnerware anew.
With things being as they are, I might just return these and keep on using my junk dishes for the time being.