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Lost in the mail?

A bidder of mine ordered a comic book. I sent it in one of those `Duck' photo mailers with my return address printed on a sticker. I don't know if that was the problem, or what, but after several weeks the bidder claims to have not received said package.
Is it possible that someone somehow found a way to steal it from the mail? How do things `get lost in the mail' to begin with?
Or am I being naive?
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shellypants
Feb. 11th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
This is why you insure things. ^^;; So people can't screw you over. Sorry this is happening to you. :(
matrices
Feb. 11th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
I've never had any problems with anything being "lost in the mail" regardless of how I package it. I've sent hundreds of packages to people.

"Lost in the mail" seems like a VERY EASY excuse (especially from someone you've never dealt with before except after the auction's been won). If the person lives in another country or overseas expect mailing to take up to (if not more than) a month. Especially if you sent it media mail or something lower than Priority Mail (which is supposed to take up to 4 days) and possibly first class (which is only supposed to take around a week or two)

You can always tell the bidder that it is their responsability to ask for insurance on their item after purchase, and its a good idea to cover your butt in your Auction Profile (furbid has the JustMe page, ebay has Me) by saying your terms (here's mine as an example: http://www.furbid.ws/cgi-bin/auction.pl?justdisp&Matrices ).

I know that seems like foisting the blame, but as a seller, sometimes its completely necessary. I've had to deal with some underhanded people who've deadbeated me for over a year sending me money for commissions (claiming multiply that they've "lost" $50 in the mail at least twice, but being completely "willing" to "send it again") and this is why I expect payment within a month.
spurkycreations
Apr. 18th, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)
as some one who has often never recieved things either "lost" (read: STOLEN) by the post office and just recently having my neighbors steal it as well it is HIGHLY likely this happened. just because it never happens to you does not mean it doesn't happen at all or is a "VERY EASY excuse". it happens. i've had to resort to sending any packages i order to my sister's work (against my own work's policy to send private mail there) cause of my neighbors.


as for losing money- i think that's even more likely. reason i only do it paypal now. sending a check is a huge risk, just watch the news. there are ways to strip checks and re-ink them for more money. there are scanners that will pick up if there's any money or checks in that envelope. our post offices are not without their corruptions.
acexcat
Feb. 12th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
Going Postal
Ok, YES!!! ...it is VERY Possible for the post office to 'lose' stuff. Very LIKELY actually. About 10% of my mail ends up at a neighbor's house, and one of them is the B!+ch from hell.... I've already posted a few pages of rant about her elsewhere, so I'll skip the stupid stuff here. I know, I know... 10% doesn't sound like much, but think of it this way: if you got 9 pieces of mail for legitimate business..... bills, checks, art, legal paperwork... that sort of thing.... for every one you DIDN'T get, that's still a lot of $h!+ coming down on you for someone ELSE'S F#@%'ups.

If it was just me, I'd be pissed off, would complain (again) and the local dunce would be replaced; life -would- be peachy, BUT IT'S NOT!!! It's gotten to the point where I -HAVE TO- pay extra for the tracking and such to make sure the P.O. is doing the job WE are paying them to do in the first place. It's sad.

"THsooo..... did you want us to shuffle this around the country and see if it randomly comes out in the mailbox it was intended for or would you like to pay more to make sure we get it right?"

If you get anything out of this, please, PLEASE remember:
DO NOT TRUST THE POST OFFICE

No, I'm not bitter; yes, I am a little annoyed, but I've learned my lesson and I don't give them any excuses. It takes a lot of people to get that job done, and with that many people, -you- get screwed by ANY mistake ANY of them make. Buyer Beware / Sender be warned.
ong_gnat
Jun. 27th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Going Postal
On a random note, do you happen to breed rats?
(I think I've heard of you elsewhere, but I'm not sure)
acexcat
Jun. 29th, 2005 01:27 am (UTC)
Re: Going Postal
Me? Breed rats? Uuuhhhh..... no. I have -A- rabbit and -A- cat, but no rats, sorry. There's two or three other "Ace"es in the furry fandom, and one Acy, so maybe it was one of them.
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