Interesting responses so far...
I'm surprised that so few of you understand that legally the seller is responsible for delivery of the item as described, unless other arrangements have been made in advance. If you have ever done business on the web where you were offered the opportunity to decline insurance, the company must make clear (somewhere on their site) that by declining insurance, you assume all risks. Any company that sells and ships anything without charging you for insurance is self-insuring-- if there is a problem in shipping, they have to send you a replacement.
Here's how contract law, the legal basis of all such transactions, works:
At some place and time, Party A agrees to give Party B something of value in exchange for something else of value.
In this case, Party B (me) gave Party A $268, and Party A took a week waiting for the check to clear in order to verify that he got what he wanted, but Party A never received what he wanted, and Party A informed Party B of the breach of contract as soon as the package arrived. Party A refused to take the seat back, saying "I hate to be a jerk, but I'm afraid I can't accept those terms."
For those who asked about the damage, the seat was improperly packaged so it shifted position, there was a hole in the box (probably from DHL), and the seat hung out the bottom of the box, probably getting scraped as the box slid across floors, leaving two holes (about 2" long) on the lower lip of the seat where the leather is stretched tight. If I were to use the seat, this area would rip further out. Corbin says it will cost $239 to fix because it has to be entirely recovered. Adding insult to injury, the seat doesn't even fit my 919. The latch does not fit, so I couldn't use it even if it didn't have holes in it.
I have been waiting for 3 months, without a usable seat, and without my money. That's more than enough time to wait for an amiable solution so, yes, I have given up on that. At this point, I consider it a total loss. And I stand by my warning about Bock919. Either he is too stupid to understand how to responsibly conduct business, or else he is criminally negligent in his conduct.
Regarding inspecting a package when it is delivered: that's not possible if you aren't there when the package is delivered. I inspected it the instant I received the package. I called DHL the instant I saw the damage. DHL told me to return it to the seller for replacement or refund. He refused to take it back. DHL's sole business relationship is with the shipper, the person who chose to ship the package through DHL, the person who decided he didn't need to insure the package because "I've never had problems with their service," that is, Bock919. The buyer does not have a business relationship with the company that the seller subcontracted to handle shipping! It is up to Bock919 to fix this mess, and he has refused.