I just received today a gorgeous Nordic/Solar SE. Upon opening the main compartment of the SE, I noticed what appeared to be a very small cigarette-burn like mark and hole, right in between both inside pockets (see pictures below). I immediately contacted TB's customer service and this was their respond: "Every Side Effect will have the same marker holes as your bag. It is used as a marker in the sewing process, and is carefully done as to not spread. As this process is essential to our manufacturing processes of this particular bag, we don't define it as a defect."
Not that I doubt what they told me, but...really? Does every SE owner have one of those small burn marks inside their SE? For some reason, that just appears to be very odd to "have to" purposefully create that during the manufacturing process. Please let me know!