Sometime WAY BACK in May 2003, in message
I posted this text:
>bid. It was in the area of $25 (less, I think) for 48 Coin Books. Some
>of these books were thin "booklets", but it was still a nice pile, with
>many titles that caught my interest. Seller asked for media mail
>shipping, and the total was in the area of $35 (I could check, but I'd
>prefer to remember/guesstimate). Uninsured.
>The books hadn't arrived after 3 weeks, so I asked the seller. I got an
>instant "oh! They must be lost in the mail!!! Send me your USPS mailing
>address and I'll issue a refund check". I offered to wait another week,
>figuring book rate is sometimes slow. A week later, I was urged to take a
>refund. Again. Well, I did get my money back, but I sure would have
>rather had the books.
>Bets? Ok, since we can't prove anything, speculation? I'm believing the
>books were never even packed up.
that the seller was eager to still refund my ENTIRE PAYMENT, including the
shipping charges. THIS was part of the reason I was suspicious! Why refund
shipping, unless she was feeling guilty that she didn't even ship the box?
Ok, so today I can eat crow.
I went to my "old" PO Box, one I am phasing out in favor of a new one that
is much more convenient considering home/work locations. I haven't been
there during business hours since April or so. And I knew they were holding
something "too large for box", I had simply ASSumed this was the periodic
thick auction catalog from an ancients dealer ... that's ALWAYS what it is!
Well, apparently, the seller checked my (somewhat obsolete at the time) eBay
record to get a shipping address. She ignored the email request to ship it
to my work address, and the same request on the paypal payment. I didn't
remember to switch my eBay records until some time much later. Well, that's
what led to a HUGE delay in delivery. First, the post office was massively
slow in delivering this heavy box (shipped via media mail). The seller
shipped to an obsolete address, and I failed to check that address until
But my box is now here, in great shape, albeit 7-8 months later. I've
reported this to the seller, and will send out a check promptly. I've also
apologized to her for being suspicious!
Now I'm going to sort through this set and rediscover why I was so e***d
about it in the first place :)