It literally makes me nauseous having to write this, but it must be stated, especially since the member presently has another classified ad up for glass. I am still in disbelief especially from a veteran member.
Purchase from: @mvapes
Item: Swagger LE HT
Cost: $160 USD inc. shipping ($180 CDN)
Payment: Paypal (instant)
Date: Aug 31/14-Oct 1/14 (resolved)
Was told it was going to be shipped bombproof...it arrived broken in half wrapped in a thin sheet of bubble wrap corner to corner in a rectangular box, with tiny chicken scratch writing "fragile" in 2 spots in black marker. There was no question it would not survive the trip from Florida to Canada. Member stated that FedEx packaged it for him and assured me that "I wouldn't get screwed" and especially since i'm a friend of @lazylathe
he promised to refund my money or buy me a hydra tube and ship it to me as long as I waited a week. I thought this was odd because I didn't know why he couldn't just refund the payment I just sent (only took couple days shipping time), but since he sounded genuine I figured I could be patient. He did raise an eyebrow when he starting strongly bitching about shipping to Canada, and how it was fine at customs, and how again he never should have ever shipped to Canada.
On the day he promised the refund I stayed patient but then emailed him the following day just to remind, no reply...further emails the following 2 days (getting heat from the wife at this point!), no response....ok whatever, shit happens, people get busy, life gets in the way and people just simply forget, especially if it means paying up. I sent him a PM on here and no response either.
Okay, this is why I use PayPal! Started up the dispute....sent back the broken glass (lost $26 shipping) which wasn't even in as mint condition as described, and there was no response on his end and I was just awarded the dispute today and got all my money back minus return shipping. Now I just need to process a $15 refund on the taxes from the border/fedex BS. I just assumed he would use USPS, but whatever i'm getting the money back.
This member has another glass piece up around the same time period of Aug 31st, and I would never even think about doing business with him again. Fine shit happens, glass breaks, but to make a promise and then just go silent like that for a few bucks? WTF is this world coming to?
Anyways, I just want to reiterate that every single word here is the truth, and I have @lazylathe
to back me up because I kept him posted on the entire process over the past month. I was so disappointed when it arrived busted, but more so just because it didn't have to happen! Whoever really did pack that Swagger should be taught an important lesson about precious non-fucking-replaceable glass items.
Again, always use paypal! This could have been so much worse. Hope this helps prevent the same thing from happening again. Cheers folks.