If the seller is well below cost, why would he/she be willing to do extra labor that might damage the goods for a few bucks? from a marketing point it does not work out; someone else wil realize the bargain.
If the heat doesn't work, cut the thing off with a hacksaw 2" - 2.5 " below the junction as needed for desired length. Then, with, hopefully, a shaft "skirt around the grip, start a hacksaw kerf in the shaft towards the grip end. Take a pair of pliers and peel the shaft off the grip. The grip shaft will need sanding to remove residual glue. This has worked well for me several times when heat didn't loosen the bond.
Deck Rigging Gear
Hardshell Kayak Sail Rigs
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