I'm really sorry that this happened to you @Xecuter. I actually had something similar happen to a pair of PM-2's that were shipped from Australia. I didn't get a chance to see them before they went to @Audio Zenith for modification, but Alex told me that the PM-2's had a bad smell and were soiled. When I asked the seller about them, he told me that they weren't in that condition when he shipped them and even offered to refund me the total. That leads me to believe that something must have happened during shipping that messed up the headphones. Thankfully, Alex was able to clean up the PM-2's and complete the mods, but your experience and mine make me think that personal shipping between the US and Australia may have some issues in regards to how packages are handled. @LFF, perhaps it would be a good idea going forward to seal the headphones and case in a plastic bag of some sort as a safeguard against moisture that can seep in from poor shipping conditions.