Bad people don't sell on eBay. Unicorns are real too. Or at least Pollyanna thought so.
With the volume of shopping David and I do we are bound to run into trouble now and then. Our most recent struck of bad luck was a purchase I made on eBay. My short lived claim to fame deflated when eBay spontaneously removed my winning from their website. Their email explanation was vague with a subtle hint not to pay the seller for the paint by number flamingo I just won. What they really said was that I was no longer obligated. I should have listened.
I was contacted privately by email from the seller explaining the misunderstanding with eBay that led to the removal their posting. And of course the painting was mine if I sent them the funds via PayPal right away. Apparently I had the word SUCKER written on my forehead since I sent the money.
A month went by and no artwork arrived on my doorstep.
I was pissed. I emailed the seller. Once, twice, three times. I was fuming. David was preparing to label my forehead.
As I had no recourse with eBay (they warned me after all) I tried my luck and filed a dispute with PayPal. I also notified my credit card company to retract payment.
And with most fairy tales this one had a happy ending. The seller mailed me the painting and sent an apologizing email. He had some lame excuse not worth mentioning.
I can now erase the marking on my forehead.
As Polly would have said - it could have been a hell of a lot worse. This once kitsch icon was mailed to me only wrapped in newspaper. At least I am not that stupid.