This was not the case. I opened the package from UPS today to find the same scuff marks on the side of my console (along with a 1 month Live Gold card taped to the side). I shrugged and happily sat the console in its place after redressing it with my Alan Wake faceplate from E3.
I snapped this picture just moments ago. I'm happy to have it back. A friend had loaned me his, but its nice to know that I can give it back now and continue the use of my own console.