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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Deal For Schoop Bobble Head Yields A Headache and Extra Cards
This leads me to today's post. On September 6, I paid a guy I know from Facebook and Instagram a sweet price for a Jonathan Schoop bobble head and another bobble head. He was desperate for money, and after I initially declined his offers for the items, he finally lowered the price to something I just couldn't pass up and I reluctantly said we had a deal. He was even going to throw in an OMLB ball that I had sent him to graph with, but never ended up using. Subsequently, communication stopped after the Paypal payment (friends and family, of course) and I wasn't informed that the stuff had shipped in the days that followed. I messaged him a couple times about a week later to see if he had shipped yet and I got no response. Finally, he asked me for my address on September 19 and apologized for taking so long to ship. A couple weeks went by, and still nothing, so I sent a couple messages to see what was going on, and they weren't even opened. I kept my cool, but I was obviously frustrated, so I finally messaged him on every platform I had followed him on and said that he could just refund me the money and not worry about shipping the goods. I wanted to end the deal amicably, since I still believed we were friends. Within a minute of sending the message to refund me the money, he said that his mom had forgotten to ship. He said on October 6 that he was sending extras to make up for the slow shipment. Finally, on October 23, I got the package. Inside the package was the stuff I bought, in good shape, yet, the OMLB wasn't there.
He did add a bag of autographed cards to the shipment, I guess to make up for everything, but has not actually sent me any kind of message since October 6. I was never rude at all in the transaction, but my thought was that with the ignoring of messages and lack of communication, we probably weren't as good of friends as I thought we were. That's a real bummer, but honestly, it probably is for the best.
I've known the guy since I started on Instagram, but we have only completed one trade, and it went just as poorly as this one. I tried to let things go and not let it bother me, but I will not be trading with him any more. I don't think it will be an issue, since he pretty much stopped talking altogether. That's a real shame.
I just feel bad about this whole deal, though. With the nominal amount that I sent him, I really shouldn't complain, but I think the lack of communication at all was a slap in the face. I even thought about sending him some additional money via Paypal to cover the cost of shipping, but then I thought that if it really were that important to him, he would have at least messaged me a lot more than he had been. The fact that this was the second time this has happened with the same person tells me that I will not be doing any kind of deals with him again. It's really sad.