Today I decided that the strings on my fretted 4 were finally just too dead for me, and that I would go buy some new ones. I went into a local music store and picked out a set of D'Addarrio XL's, because they've treated me pretty well in the past. The XL's at the store were in two types of packaging.. after a brief inspection I decided that the only difference between them was that one was nickel and the other stainless steel. I then took them to the counter, paid $28 (this was also a stupid mistake.. I think I'm going to buy strings online from now on.. even with shipping included I can get strings online cheaper than that). I then went home and jammed a bit with my two guitarists (we all bought some strings together). After they left I began to put my new strings on. I started putting the E on and cut it down a bit so I wouldn't have too many windings on the peg. I then noticed that the string was a bit tapered as it approached the nut. I looked at the packaging and to my horror, I realized that it said medium scale length on them. It could've been a lot better marked.. but I still should have looked more closely in the store. The store is not that big and has no 32" scale basses, I have no idea why it had those strings. Being tapered, the string sat too low in the nut and buzzed horribly while open and on all of the lower frets. I tried all sorts of whacky stuff to get that string to sit correctly in the nut but to no avail. I now have a useless set of short scale strings. I threw out my receipt after leaving the store and I don't think the store would take them back anyway since the package is opened and the E string has been cut. I do have another set of strings that weren't completely dead when I removed them and kept as backups.. but I'm pretty bummed that I wasted 30 bucks. I guess this serves as a warning to make sure you know exactly what you are buying before you buy it.. whether it is a set of strings or anything else. Anyone else got a string story that they feel rivals mine?