I've been reading through most of the reviews and it seems pretty hit or miss on whether you will get a print error, which doesn't exactly inspire a lot of confidence, but people generally seem to not have an issue or at least not found an issue yet. I plan to go ahead and purchase within a week regardless but I would love to hear what people have done to successfully take care of this issue.
The publishing issues is a concern since you'd have to either flip through all the books as soon as you get them to see if you catch the error. Good luck with that seeing how the issues are not all the same and each book is a few hundred pages long. I hope Amazon would understand if someone comes back 6 months down the road and tell them the book has the printing issue. But most of what I've seen around the internet is that Storm of Swords is the biggest culprit in the 500 - 600 page range.
I ordered this set from amazon and read them all cover to cover. My copy had no printing errors. I believe that though this printing error exists that most copies must be free of error or there would be more outrage on this forum. I have heard that amazon will help you fix this issue if you contact them.
I was able to return it at a nearby Barnes & Noble. The woman at the customer service desk at first refused saying that I needed a receipt. I pressed her a bit and said that because of the misprint she should be able to get a replacement anyways. For me it was just a matter of getting it now vs. waiting several weeks, whereas for the store they already had many copies in stock and it wouldn't make a difference. So she checked the ISBN number on her computer and said "ok" and got me a replacement, although she was a little gruff about it. Some people have said they were able to get replacements by contacting the publisher directly.
I ordered this set in October and have been loving the series. I recently started the fourth book (A Feast for Crows), but when I got to page 174, the next one was 239 - ridiculous!!
I'm outside the normal 'return window' (it took me 3,000 pages to reach the problem!), but since it's a defective product that they sold to me I'm hoping they'll replace it with no expense on my end since I paid for a complete, proper set (I've emailed them). Has anybody dealt with/resolved this issue with Amazon?
I'll be sure to post when I hear back from them.
EDIT: Amazon responded very quickly and said they were express shipping me a new complete set, and asked that I return the defective one (at no cost). Thank you, Amazon!
I understand your frustration, but that was a sleazy thing to do to B&N. B&N suffers a disadvantage to Amazon already because Amazon avoids having to charge state sales tax to most customers, plus B&N has all the overhead of actual brick & mortar stores where you can go in and browse, but now apparently they are being abused by Amazon customers who hit them up for exchanges of Amazon's faulty merchandise.
Thank you so much for updating your post re how Amazon resolved this issue. When I see complaints of poor quality product, I always think "And? What happened?" While this is definitely a problem we'd all rather avoid in the first place, knowing Amazon replaced the books quickly and at their shipping costs ups the chances of my purchase. Thanks again!