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I have Vivitar binoculars where the outer rubber surface of the body has become "sticky".  I can't tell you why, as they are kept in my air-conditioned office. I don't see any reason why Vivitar wouldn't replace them under warranty. How do I go about sending them back to Vivitar ?? Thanks. Lanny Kramer

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Walmart sells vivitar,why not contact them for a source to replace them, sounds like vivitar is more of a toy than a quality binocular though. sounds like a sticky situation to me....good

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