In general, do buttons need "broken in"?

I recently got my SFxT stick but the buttons are feeling very stiff, almost to the point where they don’t feel like Sanwa, they feel more similar to Seimitsu buttons I’ve used in the past.

I’ve had about 4 sticks that used Sanwa so I know the feel, I just don’t remember how the felt when I first got them.

Should I just keep playing on it and “break” em in or maybe think about returning?

Buttons do break in, I would just give them some time. You can accelerate the process by laying a thick book across all of the buttons for a while, to compress the springs in the switches.

Ah alright thanks for help