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Remember that e-bay bargain? 
12th-Apr-2008 08:53 pm
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It arrived today. Postie left a card and I had to go into town again to pick up the parcel. It was very well wrapped in thick brown paper over a layer of bubble-wrap. The parcel cost £6.98 to post to me. The total bill I paid to the e-bay vendor, including p&p was only £5.98, so he made a loss on the deal.


When the box was opened, there was great disappointment at the contents


Look what Royal Mail did to my Chocolatiere
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Only one mug survived the journey, which is less than 30 minutes from the vendor's home town to mine, as the post-van flies. The vendor has offered me a refund, which I've declined. He'll take his complaint, along with the above photo to his post office on Monday.


Doesn't make any difference, I'm still without a Chocolate Pot. Maybe the god of hot chocolate is trying to tell me something?


Happier news. I've booked my ticket for London Acquarium and am really looking forward to the Minimeet on 27th. See you there?

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13th-Apr-2008 10:23 am (UTC)
I was gobsmacked to say the least. The set was in its original box, with honeycombed cardboard sections holding each item.
12th-Apr-2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh,no!! Was it sufficiently padded/packed?
13th-Apr-2008 10:24 am (UTC)
The set was in its original box, with honeycombed cardboard sections holding each item.

Any sign of your package? It's almost 2 weeks since I posted it.
13th-Apr-2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Nothing yet, but it took 10 days for a letter to get from Indiana to Texas, so I've learned to be very patient :D

Hey, at least they arrested the postman who was stealing our mail! Yes, he was going through the mail in my area as it came into him, opening anything that looked like it might be lucrative (credit cards, checks, etc), and if it wasn't, he'd toss it.

It explained why so many things NEVER got to me!
12th-Apr-2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
What a shame!! I can't believe the post office these days - they are hopeless!!!
13th-Apr-2008 08:33 am (UTC)
Actually I think the post Office are wonderful - I post stuff from here to York regularly and it usually arrives about 16 hours after I post it, with nothing broken so far over the 18 months. Something posted to Devon on Thursday afternoon also got there by breakfast time Friday in perfeect condition. Mind you I am a pretty good wrapper.
13th-Apr-2008 09:49 am (UTC)
Maybe they are better up the North end of the country. Here in London I can't tell you how many mailshots I've done from work where only about 70% of the letters actually reach their destination.

Packing does make a difference, although I've had stuff that's been incredibly well packed (expanded polystyrene braces and everything) and the item has still be trampled beyond recognition by Parcel Force :)
13th-Apr-2008 10:37 am (UTC)
Mind you I am a pretty good wrapper.
I couldn't fault the wrapping. It was in its original box, with cardboard sections for each piece and bubble wrap in the spaces. The box was then wrapped in two layers of bubble wrap and thick parcel paper with 'fragile' stickers all over it. I suspect it was too big/heavy for the postman's bike and was dropped at some point. Normally parcels of that size are delivered by van but the notice was delivered at the same time as the normal mail.
13th-Apr-2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
That's it - I want the British postal service to come take over ours.
13th-Apr-2008 10:26 am (UTC)
I was gobsmacked to say the least. The set was in its original box, with honeycombed cardboard sections holding each item and bubble-wrap in any spaces. The first sign that anything was amiss was the mug with the missing handle.
12th-Apr-2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness that's dissapointing!
13th-Apr-2008 10:27 am (UTC)
I was gobsmacked to say the least. The set was in its original box, with honeycombed cardboard sections holding each item.

That'll learn me to count my chickens in one basket - or somthing
12th-Apr-2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Remind me not to send anything breakable through the post!

He'll take his complaint, along with the above photo to his post office on Monday.

I hope he gets something back from them. What a shame.
13th-Apr-2008 10:28 am (UTC)
I'll not buy any more china on e-bay, that's for sure.

::crosses antique Limoges pot off wish list::
12th-Apr-2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
That's really bad. What did they do? Drop it and then jump on it?
13th-Apr-2008 10:28 am (UTC)
Something like that. The set was in its original box, with honeycombed cardboard sections holding each item and bubble-wrap in the spaces.
12th-Apr-2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
What an absolute pain. I'm glad the vendor is complaining. The GPO seems to have abandoned all concept of being a public service.
13th-Apr-2008 10:29 am (UTC)
I was gobsmacked to say the least. The set was in its original box, with honeycombed cardboard sections holding each item. The parcel was covered in 'fragile' stickers and, given that the vendor paid more for postage than he'd received from me, complaining seems the sensible course of action.
13th-Apr-2008 08:05 am (UTC)
Oh what a shame. *kicks Royal Mail* (which seems to be what they've done to your parcel).

I've got my aquarium ticket too and am looking forward to the minimeet - though I've got the Rift to anticipate as well.
13th-Apr-2008 10:30 am (UTC)
I was gobsmacked to say the least. The set was in its original box, with honeycombed cardboard sections holding each item.

I've got my aquarium ticket too
Yay! We can hijack you and take you to Midimeet in August.
13th-Apr-2008 08:35 am (UTC)
Not the easiest thing to post - was it in a decent tight fitting box?

You could buy one on amazon but it would cost more.
13th-Apr-2008 10:31 am (UTC)
I wasn't that desperate for one, I just couldn't resist the 'bargain'. I've learned my lesson.
13th-Apr-2008 09:56 am (UTC)
It's certainly very disappointing to find the chocolatière broken .
What a shame !
I'm sure you 'll have a very lovely reunion in two weeks for the Minimeet on 27th, Pat. And maybe the weather will be all Springy and nice. :)
13th-Apr-2008 10:33 am (UTC)
I was very disappointed but it taught me a lesson. I'm back to my usual 'don't care for material goods' self now.

maybe the weather will be all Springy and nice. :)
It will. And all shall be well.
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