An eBay seller's logic

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  1. ColinG

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    I purchased a globe from an eBay seller. I assumed he would want it to survive the journey as it would be his responsibility if it broke. It arrived like this.

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    The seller agreed to replace it so I figured he would want to do a better job of the packaging. I was wrong.

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    For goodness sake, what did he think would happen? There was no padding between the glass and box and a sheet of thin plastic wrapping outside! It's frustrating and sad as there's not that many of them left in the wild!

    I'm quite annoyed :rage:
     
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    This is living proof that you can't fix stupid.
     
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    What's that saying? Third time's a charm?
     
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    "What a maroon! What a nincowpoop!""
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    Didn’t you get a globe from Hong Kong wrapped in a plastic bag that came in one piece? Just buy more from there.:lol::lol:
     
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    I certainly did but there's no way that could happen again. Most of the comments from buyers said they'd received smashed globes!

    I guess you win some you lose some!
     
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    It’s quite an odd business model...

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    Time to get the superglue out.
     
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    Oh dear... I feel for you Colin.. Exasperation must be an understatement right now.. :/
     
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    After watching a video clip recently of a " Hermes " employee load a van , involving him throwing
    parcels from the back ad hoc to suffer there fate into a van well anything goes ... no delicateness or subtle
    actions there ... parcels just " lashed in " ... hey I suppose they all do it ... :shock:
     
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    B125513D-F039-4A14-8EE8-6E2CEF604626.jpeg This was delivered by Hermes

    Looked like it had been under something heavy and dragged along.. Nothing was damaged.. no thanks to the carriers..
     
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    @podbros It looks like one of those metal items or a bible carried by a soldier that stopped a bullet and saved its owner’s life.
     
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    D'oh! ](*,)

    I've just had an Optimus 200 from Scandinavia, it was padded overall in the box, but the globe was still in the cage, smashed :cry:
    A lovely Optimus 200 emblazoned globe in bits. Sigh.

    Alec.
     
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    @Norman had a Veritas Suberb sent to me to be shipped out to the states. When it arrived I examined the contents and although the glass was wrapped in a few sheets of bubble wrap it had been wedged up tight to the edge of the box and crunched when I pulled it out :cry: I was so gutted I couldn't even face opening it. It took me six months before I could bring myself to throw it away!
     
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    something is terribly wrong with that seller.
     
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    That's messed up, there used to be this thing that has disappeared, I believe they called it common sense.
     
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    You are correct because common sense is very uncommon in this day and age.
     
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    Colin, what size were the cracked globes?
     
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    They were 12cm tall x 12cm in diameter
     
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    Thanks, can you PM me a link to the item page? I'm looking to buy a Hasag and this is the right size for these lamps :)
     
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    Pelam.de in Germany sell this size globe, the one I received was very well packed and was a schott suprax brand.
    Regards Ian
     
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    Thanks Ian.
     
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    Thanks for the pelam.de heads up - that is a useful source!
     
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    Ok.... that's it, I'm giving up searching eBay for these globes. Even if you find one, the chances of receiving it intact are slim... I now have 4 smashed globes from various sellers, and it's not as if I didn't ask them to package them carefully! One new globe arrived intact although it wasn't packed that well and I purchased a Belvedere lantern with a globe that also survived the journey.

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    I'm not sure who's more stupid... the sellers who can't send things packed properly or me for expecting them to do a good job.

    ](*,) :cry::cry::cry:
     
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    I found from bitter experience (as a buyer) that a globe left in a metal frame or globe cage, no matter if it's padded or not is unlikely to survive the postal / courier system. Unfortunately common sense doesn't seem to be so common these days. ](*,)

    The only way I've found is to double-box them i.e. in their own box within the main parcel using plenty of bubble-wrap. On the other hand, I have received intact a globe from Moncrieff's which was single-boxed only, although they did use a large enough box and loads of bubble-wrap and you'd expect them to know what works and what doesn't. Having said that, they can probably afford the odd breakage, as well as having plenty more glass on hand for replacements - I can't and haven't...
     
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    What a shame!
    I'm now inclined to believe that it probably would have survived if its just wrapped in a clear sheet of plastic.
    No boxes, no bubble wraps, no sponges or paper paddings. Just a piece of see-through plastic bag.
    My presumption:- none of the guys involved in the delivery of the parcel would give a damn about gentle handling, especially when they can't see what's inside. Hurling and overstacking is the norm. If they could see that its a fragile piece of glass, perhaps they'd be sensible enough to treat it differently from the rest.
     
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    Yes David, that's the only way you can hope to get a globe diverted in one piece... unless it's from China in which case a thin padded bag is probably fine! :lol:
     
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    Separately packaged glass, in it's own container is the only real why to go. I guess you could take a chance and leave it in the globe rest if it was "mica" but even that would be taking a chance.

    This time of the year sure doesn't help either...
     
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    I’ll probably get my knuckles rapped but I do send lanterns with the globe in situ! Some cling film around the globe so it doesn’t rattle about then cardboard or some other protective covering wrapped around the cage. It’s a long time since I’ve had one arrive broken.
     

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