100% male (msmanuscript) wrote in artists_beware,
100% male

Shipping problem.

I need some advice.

I split-won a contest, meaning I tied with someone. The prize for the contest was a shirt, but since there are two of us, we got a choice between the shirt, and a hand-made picture frame. The other person choose the frame, so I'm getting the shirt.

I just got a message saying that the person sending out the prizes messed up, and I'm going to be getting the frame. They suggested sending a note to the other person and seeing if there's a way that we could mail them to each other. Okay, no problem, so I sent off a message. Here's the reply I got.

"i live in costa rica since 2009 my mail goes to florida then gets forwarded to costa rica i pay customs fee's and shipping fee's via my mail forwarding company, i have shipped out 1 thing from here since moving here in 2009 it was over 30$ us and took almost a month via ems and it was only a small part. we never mailed anything from here again. i also dont have a car and only pick up my mail 2x a week from the mall location my mailer has and the post office is like 20minutes via taxi from my house. what do you want to do? sorry for the complication but i dont live in usa only my address is in usa for getting mail so its cheaper for people to mail to us but $$ for us to get. we dont have addresses here everything is via proximity from landmarks if i still lived in north florida it would be easier but i moved here in 2009."

For something that would only cost me $5 to send out, it seems REALLY unfair for them to spend $30 for me. I'd offer to split the cost, but I am really not happy about the mixup. I didn't mind at first, since it seemed like a quick fix. Not so much so anymore. I have absolutely no need for a picture frame, and she was JUST talking about having trouble finding a frame that fit her decor. It seemed perfect that she got a frame that she liked (we saw pictures) and I'm getting a shirt.

Now I have no idea what to do. I don't know how the mail in Costa Rica works. I would assume that if she went to a normal post office, it would be fine. But she mentions a forwarding company, so now I'm not sure. Help?

EDIT: It's been worked out. The other person is going to keep the shirt, and the sender is going to put a "return to sender" on MY package, then send out a new shirt for me.
Tags: advice for commissioners, resolved
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