I personally love the look of the bed rails. There are one of my favorite plastic accessories that Rangers ever came with.
If John lived closer to me it would pain me more that he threw them away as I would have given him $50 for them easy. And since they looked new as you say I would have gone higher. Oh well, to late anyway, your lose.
I have heard similar stories of them being throw away, paint tested on, cut and generally discarded.
Some people love them, some hate them.
So I popped on coloradofans.com and made this thread:
Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon • View topic - Tailgate Cap
What they told me was that that accessories is an over-the-counter add on for Colorados.
They are $87 MSRP!!
That's about right though for the stealership.
I guess some of the guys have them laying around. Maybe I will pick one up.