I bought a MES 30" digital smoker just before Thanksgiving. It arrived damaged. I had to do the turkey in it so we made it work. I called Walmart.com where I bought it and they sent me another one. It was dented pretty good out of the box. I called Walmart.com back and they were out of stock. So, they gave me enough money back to make the thing cost me $100.00. So it is out on the patio right now cold smoking cheese.
I did buy an AMNPS. So far I love it! I didn't know I needed a propane torch to light it though. I did figure out how to make it work.
So far the smoke flavor is pretty intense on everything we have made. cheese, Ribeye steaks, and turkey. We are very happy and will be doing a ham for Christmas.
I recommend that you follow the advice above. I know that Cabela's will stand behind the product. They just send it back to Masterbuilt and get another one. This way you can get it out of the box in front of their staff and make sure there is nothing wrong with it before you go home.
Sorry for your buzzard luck.