I bought a 1/2 rope a couple years ago that I ended up selling after I realized I really had very little need for just ONE 1/2 rope. I also got a very short (17m, I think) 9.4 from the same seller. Both ropes were new in package. No issues with them. I can't remember what the seller's name is, but they are in GA, right? I don't know for sure, but my assumption is they buy the shorts directly from the factory (or the factory outlet) and then resell on fleabay.