Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What a Disappointment

27f9_1 A couple of weeks ago I found a teapot with a matching cream pitcher and sugar bowl on eBay in the same pattern as the cups and saucers that I used in my Easter dinner tablescape.

When I first spotted them and saw the Buy-It-Now price of $29.95 I thought the auction was for the teapot only, since that was the only piece in the picture. With shipping at $12.95, I decided that it was too rich for my blood and I would just have to pass. Upon a second look, I discovered more pictures and learned that the auction was for three pieces. I jumped on it.

teapot 003When they arrived a couple of days ago, I had already planned my next tablescape—Tea for Two on the Porch. Yesterday I began to unpack the box, only to discover this. What a bummer.

I have emailed the seller, so I hope to have a somewhat happy outcome, but after seeing how beautiful the three pieces are it was a major disappointment for the handles to have broken. Let this be a lesson that bubble wrap doesn’t do a lot of good unless it is wrapped securely around all sides of the fragile object and fastened well with packing tape.

Guess my Tea for Two will have to wait.

New_size_125_tallSo for some real tablescape ideas, head on over to Susan’s place at Between Naps on the Porch. I guess instead of tea on the porch, I’ll just go take a nap instead.

33 comments:

skyesofblue said...

How sad is that.

Martha said...

Too bad about the handles -- they are very pretty pieces of china. Can't wait for your tea for two!

ellen b said...

Oh my! Big time bummer! What a beautiful teapot for a tea for two!!

Katy said...

Ive had this happen to me, I hope your outcome is better than mine, after informing the seller that items were broken in shipping, due to poor packing methods, and requesting the shipping information so I could make a claim against the insurance I paid for, she discontinued all communication, wouldn't send the shipping slip and I lost out on getting the funds to replace the dishware. I'm much more careful about who I deal with online now! HOpe you have better luck! Check out the give away on my blog this week! ~Katy (Plucky)

prof en retraite said...

Oh sooo sad! I'm sorry...it was indeed beautiful! I hope all goes well with contacting the seller!Let us know how it goes....Debbie

Domestic Designer said...

Oh I am so sorry that happened. I hope all goes well with the seller.

Robin said...

Awwwwe, that is terrible! Hopefully, you and the seller will come to a good resolution.

A nap sounds better, anyway.....

{{{HUGS}}}

Robin :o)

Kathleen Ellis said...

Aaaawww...how sad is that?! I hope it works for you to get a refund.
;-D

Scribbler said...

Phooey on her!

Maybe you'll find another one soon. Don't throw those pieces away. Ever done any mosaic projects?

Scribbler

Katy said...

I'm totally hoooked on digital scrapbooking! You can see my galleries by clicking on the right side bar links to my galleries. I am currently on Shabby Miss Jenn's creative design team and I adore everything she makes! She's also an absolutely fabulous girl, sweet and generous! Check out her site!! Have a super night! ~Katy

xinex said...

So sorry about that, Kathy! It's very disappointing, isn't it?I have had a lot of dishes break on transit too....Christine

marty39 said...

What a bummer indeed, and it is so beautiful. I am so sad for you. It is so perfect and now it is broken. Maybe you'll find another one someday. Hugs, Marty

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I've had that experience as well - so sad -- I hope all works out well with the seller - some are wonderful - others -- not so much -- hope yours is a good one!

Kammy said...

Oh how sad, I hope your outcome is
good....such a pretty piece too ...
Hugs - sounds like you need them ~ Kammy

Joyce said...

So pretty and so sad.
Joyce

Chandy said...

:(

I've only bought two things off Ebay and I couldn't get myself to order anything that would have to be mailed to me. I had to make sure I can pick it up.

Those are lovely pieces. I hope you can glue them together rather seamlessly...

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Oh, my! That IS sad, indeed! SO sad for the pot and you! It was so pretty. Maybe you can use the pieces and make a mozaic tray or something?
I will leave int eh morning, bout 7:30-8. We should've carpooled. LOL. Wave at me if you see me first and I will do the same. Safe trip, friend.

LMH said...

Left you a little surprise on my blog.

Laura

LdyDy said...

oh..pooey!! I hope everything works out in your favor! Too bad! It was a pretty teapot!

Keetha said...

I think they can be glued back together and while they would not be usable that way, nor as valuable - - - they would still be beautiful. I'd get my glue bottle if I were you.

Raggedy Girl said...

That is so sad and I am sure you are disappointed.

Raggedy Girl

Betty Jo said...

Oh No! Kathy I'm so sorry. That was such a gorgeous set too. Was it packaged well? I hope you have a good outcome with the seller. ♥

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

So sorry about the broken teapot. It is really pretty. Maybe it can be repaired.

Candy said...

BOO-HOO:-(
That is quite sad indeed and a good lesson to us all.
Won't try to explain how my minds works (I'll leave that to Science) but I got a mental picture of the Lord being OUR bubble pack in life. We must be wrapped tight and tied with strings of His Word.
So Sorry, Candy

Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

So sorry to hear about your tea pot, I hope everything works out well for you. :O)

Janie's World said...

Oh, what a shame! I hear of this alot, People don't pack things carefully enough!

Robin said...

Oh my....I am so sorry.
Was it just the tea pot? I was thinking that if the sugar bowl and creamer are okay, you might be able to find the teapot at one of the many china replacement web sites.
Anyway....
I do so hope your day is beautiful.

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a shame! I hope they were insured. Most of the time, Ebay items arrive safe and sound, but if the packing isn't perfect -- it can be heartbreaking.
so sorry!
Cass

B & P said...

So sorry for your lose, my wife and I have had the same sad feeling when opening a box of broken teapots. We have learned 2 things:1. Always insure for price of item + shipping and 2. Request all items to be double boxed with peanuts around the inside sturdy box, like ones sold at UPS or post office. Also if box is damaged in any way, take photos before opening. As you see, we have learned the hard way, now we very seldom see items damage even with what looks like a crushed outer box. Try to avoid heavy shipping time like Christmas, just too much risk!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Kathy, I'm so sorry that happened. I don't understand why Ebay sellers don't know how to wrap things. I've heard of several people who received their purchases broken. laurie

Anonymous said...

Nothing will replace that particular item....but there is hope yet. Go to www.replacementlimited.com and see if they have that item listed. Find out the value and print that proof off and then file a claim through the post office and or UPS or whoever handled shipping and they should replace it at the current value. I had this sad thing happen, but in the end, the replacement value that I received enabled me to purchase more of the pieces I lost plus several more! I hope this can work out for you. It helps if you still have the packaging materials to proove that it was packed well but mishandled or the box crushed, but I don't remember if that was required. Toni

Suzanne said...

So sorry for the disappointing pkg. I had a similar situation with a large platter. I didn't have as much luck as Toni. Hope you will have a happy ending. Love and Prayers, Suzanne

momma said...

i won't share my bad luck story from ebay. i'll just pray you get some resolution!

that is/was a beautiful set!