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Do-over week
last modified: Saturday, January 12, 2008 (8:17:00 PM)
It seems like the last two weeks, the universe has decided that, since I have a relatively stress-free existence, that it's time I make up for my lack of drama. Part of me feels bad complaining, especially when I open up the newspaper and see people dying and whatnot all over the front page, but..I need to just rant.

My pre-New Year's Resolution was to start cleaning out all the anime stuff I've acquired through college. As I might have said earlier, I used to collect Japanese Sailormoon cards, and, in the process of collecting, managed to acquire lots of extras. The goal this year is to get rid of them. I listed about 170 near mint to mint condition cards of a certain set on E-bay. No questions were asked about the auction by any potential buyer and the price ended for more than I expected.

The next day I get an email from the buyer telling me that the price of the item is too high for him and that, surprise surprise, he will be unable to pay. I wrote him a polite, but stern e-mail informing him that he chose to bid on the item for the amount that he did, and he must hold up his end of the bargain. After 5 days of whining about how he never thought the auction would end so high and how it's Christmastime, he manages to find the money and pays. Then he writes to ask if I have any cards from a certain set. I tell him I do and give him a price. He writes back complain that the price is too high, and then asks if I have cards from another set, but, to let me know what the prices are first because, if they're too high, he won't buy. Annoyed with his rude behavior, I tell him that I will send the item out the next day.

After a week, the buyer writes and tells me that he's received the item. But, he examined all the cards under a magnifying glass and a high powered light and has found tiny scratches in the glossy layer in less than 20% of the cards. This damage is not noticeable unless otherwise viewed in this manner. So he decides to file with Paypal for a full claim because the 20% of cards that have this insignificant damage were the ones he really wanted. He actually writes that I should have known that he wanted these specific cards. Normally, Paypal is pretty quick with these decisions regarding refunds(and generally decides on the part of the buyer), so, perhaps that is good news on my end.

Oh, and then I go for my dentist check-up and I have the makings of a minor cavity. As it was my first cavity ever, I was shocked. There goes my dream of dying without any cavities...sniff, sniff. Then they offer me candy at the end of the procedure. Part of me still can't decide if that's the nicest or most twisted thing ever. I wonder if there are any cardio surgeons that take their patients out to lunch at Burger King afterwards.

...Would now be a good time to use the Office voodoo kit one of my coworkers gave me for Christmas?

And then today...I laughed at a passenger too. A little kid. Who looked exactly like Rock Lee, right down to the spandex green suit, bowl-like hair cut and bushy eyebrows. I'm a horrible person, yes, and I'm going to hell for this. I just know it.

..Ok, well, glad I got most of that off my chest. I wanted to personally thank everyone who sent me something for Christmas. I know it's a little late, but, thanks again. And thanks also to everyone who voted for my artwork during this year's Beta Awards. I really appreciated it. Hope everyone's weekend is going well.

re: Do-over weekSaturday, January 12, 2008 - 9:45:37 PM

What an asshole. Tell them to send the cards back and second chance offer that shit. I bet they were planning to do that from the start.

re: Do-over weekSaturday, January 12, 2008 - 10:01:54 PM

I agree with Iwakuralain: ask them to send the cards back (at their expense) because they were not satisfied. Then offer them to the second highest bidder. I''ve heard that SM buyers on eBay are notorious for being @$$holes (as Ashenfairy can attest to), which is why I have never sold any of my Sailor Moon collection.

re: Do-over weekSaturday, January 12, 2008 - 11:33:04 PM

Ater this transaction, I honestly wouldn''t be surprised if he attempted a ''bait and switch'' with the goods. I have a feeling that he''ll send me back damaged cards or damage my cards even more. Then he''ll inform Paypal he sent the cards back and I''ll be out the money and the cards that I originally sold.

Thanks for your advice and support, though. I really appreciate it.

re: Do-over weekMonday, January 14, 2008 - 1:43:54 AM


Look at the least you don''t have a mouth full of metal like I do. You''ve got one cavity, that''s fantastic! :D I''ve got too many fillings, no full-time job [as of yet] and no insurance whatsoever. You deserved a good laugh today and tell that jerk to stick it where the sun doesn''t shine! lol