Sunday, August 19, 2012

Adventures in online shopping

Let me start by saying, I have found that I am great at searching out a bargain. Between Craigslist, Ebay, and various online outlets I have found some fantastic deals on unique items for the house. I have saved thousands on appliances between Craigslist and the Sears Outlet. I am thinking I missed my calling as a professional shopper.

Recently on Ebay I found a great recessed medicine cabinet from the 50's with an outlet inside and sidelights. It was perfect! We are going for a combo of retro and modern styling in the house. It's shaping up to be beautiful.

I received my package last week with the cabinet inside. It was one of the best packing jobs I had seen! Placed inside a wooden crate with bubble wrap and "Fragile" stickers all over it. The first thing I thought of was A Christmas Story, it was my major award. Alas, there was no leg lamp inside the box. So we began to unwrap the package.
So much bubble wrap!

Then I saw this...
Oh man, what the heck happened? This thing was wrapped perfect. We were so bummed. I contacted the seller and luckily it's insured. So now we get to fight FedEx for some reimbursement. We should be able to get the mirror fixed easily enough, but it still sucks. I place no blame on the seller, he did a great job trying to make sure it got to me in one piece. Either someone intentionally threw something on the box to try and break it, or since it was so heavy it accidentally got dropped. Who knows. Now it's time to see if we get some money to fix it.

This is what it looked like before shipping.

On a another note, I am working very hard to pick a trim color for the outside. It's not going well. I'm not really finding anything I really like. Back to the drawing board on that one. I think I will need to do an art project with all the test color samples I have at the end of all of this.

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