A couple of days ago, I found Harvest Time salt and pepper shakers, listed by a seller in a city a few hours away. In case you're new to the blog, I started collecting the pattern recently, so I was excited about getting another piece. However, when I opened the package yesterday, the salt shaker was broken. And the seller was clearly to blame.
First of all, she tried to cut corners by using a box that was too small. A quick Internet search will turn up any number of sites that tell you to have at least 3" of packing material around fragile items, but she hadn't done that.
Furthermore, she had wrapped the shakers in scraps of paper that were so small they didn't provide any cushion at all.
Finally, she didn't put enough packing peanuts in the box. There was an inch or more of empty space above the top of the peanuts, leaving room for the china to be jostled during shipping.
As a result, a beautiful piece of china that has remained undamaged for over fifty years was destroyed by her few moments of halfhearted packing.
What I felt was more than disappointment. I was angry, and I didn't want a refund. I wanted that piece of history back.
|50 years of beauty destroyed unnecessarily|
Excuse the rant, but I had to express my opinion about thoughtless sellers. This wasn't my main post for the day, so don't miss the previous one on the gorgeous pottery created by Gertrud and Otto Natzler.