I suppose that is the best advice I could get.. I'm just not convinced. If you knew the equipment I was using, and am using now, it goes without saying that this new board is with lack of better words, better. I strapped up my bindings the board, and even in its current state it feels so much nicer of a ride.
What I'm trying to stress is, I'm a beginning college student and don't have much money, and this board was supposed to be more of an alternative for myself and a loaner for a friend, than a replacement. You said I could have found a better deal on a website sale. So the question is, is the value of a more expensive board greater than the value of this board + what it cost to fix, and the extra cash?