I didn't read his post and get the sense he was playing the victim. In any case, everything you else you posted along with the other posts in this thread are all accurate.No need to act like your a victim.. you asked for feedback, and you got it.
Your rifle is fine. It just isn't an $1800 rifle. You may be able to get your $1200 back if you are patient. But you will always be competing with the $1000 or so Bulgarian guns. Having a high starting price is probably pushing away some buyers, because they don't think you will negotiate down to a more realistic price.
It's good to use Russian parts, but to get even close to your $1800 price... the conversion needed to be done completely. You just kind of went half way with it. Nothing wrong with that, lots of guys do it and end up with great rifles. They just aren't rifles that sell for a premium.