Re: bushnell warranty CRAP!!!
Having friends that worked there, I can tell you that the Bushnell staff, from sales to the guy mopping the floor, is overworked, overwhelmed, underpaid, and underappreciated. Bushnell consistently contracts with a Chinese corporation called SPIM (SPIM is the Chinese word for "poorly made crap"), and when the tidal wave of returns comes in, they expect (count 'em) 12 people to do all of the repairs. I have walked in and seen, literally, piles of scopes, binos, LRFs and telescopes awaiting repair with no end in sight.
Requests for more help, better equipment, and better tools fall upon deaf ears. The previous CEO was partnered with SPIM, who was a supplier for Bushnell Sports Optics, so he got paid at both ends (while the consumer got something else at both ends).
It's a shame, the people that work there are dedicated and hard-working, the leadership just wants to make a buck. If you're buying Bushnell stuff, here's a hint: if it doesn't say "Elite" on it, pass it by.