Saturday, January 9, 2010

Where Are My Atomic Plates?



On December 9th, I got these atomic mid-century Cathay plates on eBay to match a few coffee cups I have with the same design. I think they were $8 for 7 plates. Not bad, and what the heck, it was a small present to myself since I rarely see anything on eBay I really want these days.

On the 27th or so, I emailed the seller "Hi, where are my plates?" 2 days later seller said: "Oh I'm sorry! I forgot! I will refund shipping!" I told her: "No need, no biggie, just happy to get my plates."

Now another 10 days has passed and... NO plates.

If they do not arrive today, I will open a claim with Paypal to get things rolling. But what a drag, you know? I used to sell all kinds of things on eBay. so I know how boring some of it is. The packing and shipping part was the worst for me. But I never waited more than 3-4 days to ship, ever.

And somehow you always associate that item with the bad experience, don't you? or maybe it's just me.

At any rate, I'm still smarting over the loss of the $12 Caulder mobile pattern tablecloths lol...

12 comments:

  1. I know what you mean. I was looking at a 1952 gardening book, hoping that I could get some ideas for making my landscaping more period-correct. The seller included a picture of the book with a description of "Flowers haven't changed much since 1952." So, I emailed the seller asking for more information on the book, including how many pages were in it. Never heard back from them. I don't see that it was really a difficult question... oh well, I found another book from a more helpful seller.

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  2. Last year after we got our tax refund I went on a crazed glass buying spree on eBay and while I did receive a couple of things that were broken in transit, all the sellers were extremely helpful in replacing the items or (in the case of a beautiful Fostoria American candy dish) refunding half my money. I am the proud owner of a platter in the Cathay pattern but MINE has a gigantic turkey on it and the name of the furniture store in Mobile, Alabama that used it as a giveaway. It's a great pattern and I hope you get your saucers!

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  3. I am CrAzY about Carmen Miranda and the Andrew Sisters, 6 count them SIX times I have purchased the 78 Record "Cuanto La Gusta" of of Ebay... and all SIX times it arrives in my mail box as dust.... So i gave up nad bought the cd...*sigh* My Latest Pet peeve on shipping is as follows, I Won a sunburst clock for $14.99 shipping was $12.99, its in Ohio... no big shipping is usually 3 - 4 days... a week rolls by NOTHING.. SO I email the seller and ask her if she has shipped it to which she replys "Sorry I goofed on shipping cost and had to Send it Parcel" (I FIRMLY beleive "Parcel" was created by the devil....)
    Awsome Dishes! When and if they ever come they should get together with My boomerang glasses for a meal! : )

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  4. Oh thats awful but those plates are fabulous! I sure hope you do get them - fabulous price!

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  5. That is precisely why I don't sell anything on ebay, or anywhere else for that matter. I keep buying and stuff keeps piling up but I KNOW MYSELF too well. I am a procrastinator and someone would surely be blogging about me because I'd probably take weeks to get the item to the post office. I'm bad. Very cool plates. I love that pattern. Keep the faith, they'll get there.

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  6. What happened to doing the research an planning for your item to sell. As soon as someone bids on something I'm selling on e-bay, I box it up. Whether there's only one bidder or 20, it's going to be mailed to somebody. And before you even put it up for auction, you weigh it and figure out the cost. DUH!! Hope they come soon!
    Anna

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  7. That is a bummer. I don't sell on eBay, but am starting up on Etsy. Though the initial set-up with photos and the like is tedious, I hope to be a good seller and do all I can do make things run smoothly. It's not for the faint of heart, it's work, but if you're going to do it you have to be committed.

    Forgetting isn't an option.

    Cool plates.

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  8. I feel your pain. It wasn't until this last year that I encountered flaky eBay sellers. I was pleasant and persistent because I really wanted the item. Eventually it came. Three months later.

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  9. Pssst. If you look in the Vintage section of Etsy they currently have some Cathay dish sets. In case you were still looking. I was debating myself by currently cannot afford. *sigh*

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  10. I own 8 of these smaller salad plates and I love this pattern. I've wanted to find some of the dinner plates in this same pattern...have you ever seen any?

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  11. PS; I've luckily never had any wacko sellers on ebay and have had mostly great luck with all of my purchases there. I've only had one item come damaged and I recieved money back immidiately. I've never purchased on etsy yet and am shamefully unfamiliar with it.

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  12. Just found your blog and I LOVE it. Not too long ago, I had an entire 1950's decor apartment and LOVED it, but sold and gave everyhting away and moved to the UK. I still find the odd 1950's thing here, but not often, so I will live vicariously thru your blog!

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