I have several Simmons scopes, no issues with any of them. They aren't high end scopes...in fact, I wouldn't pay more than $30-$40 for one...but it sounds like you got a real lemon.
Basically, the Simmons, Tasco, BSA, Barska...all those low end $50 type scopes are the same. Some are good, some aren't. I've been lucky enough to get decent ones, none have failed me. Some were on guns I bought, some were bought on sale, as in, marked down to $25. I need to count, but I'd bet I have 20 scopes, at least. None of them are high dollar units, except three used ones that are no longer made, and they aren't really high dollar, they are just collectors items.
But I do make sure, when buying one, that I can take the scope back and get a replacement or refund. Haven't had to yet.
He who smiles last....
Not anything to do with me,...but SWAGA referred me to it...and it is pretty funny: The Ballad of Ajole
17 HP's and counting.