Bummer! Now that you have them. I still hope you'll plant them and see how they do, they look cool!
Despite disappointment with their method, they might do fine. Removing them from pots probably helps with storage, and definitely makes them lighter for shipping = lower shipping cost.
For what it's worth, I've bought many many bare-root fruit trees and some bare root roses. They've all grown fine. I hope yours does OK too.
Knock'outs are so easy to start from cuttings that I threw about 4 or 5 bushes, becuase I had no one to give 'em to. I really want rugosas for the huge edible hips. Anyone got any? Is it true they are difficult here in the South or at least in red clay (even if amended)?
I agree that they felt forgiven for thier lie. I believe many Christians lie and cheat and feel forgiven AHEAD of time!