Stolen Rod...in the mail

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Michael Morris, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Michael Morris

    Michael Morris Member

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    Guess I am just trusting that a member on here wouldn't purposely screw me over, but then again I tend to always give people the benefit of the doubt. That is why I believe the item was actually shipped, but like you said who knows.

    Just to make it clear I have in no way been rude to them and actually have been overly nice and just been receiving terrible customer service from them. I have only ranted on here as an update to the terrible service I have received. But yes after wasting my time with their lack of customer service I am frustrated...
     
  2. FinLuver

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    Had my local USPS carrier fold my books (from Amazon) in half and cut my packages open...complaints have been filed on numerous occasions. I was told by the supervisor, that a package is damage in any way before delivery, they put a tag noting this before delivery...this told me then that the carrier is opening packages. My mail comes to my home in a little better shape these days.
     
  3. Joepa

    Joepa Joe from PA

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    I'm not surprised by this. The 'observation' thing sounds ominous but probably standard procedure. I had a headache attempting to collect on a claim with the USPS. They ultimately denied it due to the packaging method even though half the package was destroyed in transit (I'm talking totally squashed, like a ton of bricks fell on it). I've avoided using USPS ever since when possible. My folks had a similar thing happen when they shipped a desk to my sister. Good luck. I'll be interested to hear how it works out with the claim in this case. Hopefully upon inspection they will not find a reason to deny it.
     
  4. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    You shouldn't be upset with 60 days. That's pretty normal. You should be happy you don't have a son that is on the other side of the world (like my son was in the Peace Corps), talk about corruption in the mail system........
     
  5. golfman44

    golfman44 5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the notion that who you bought it from didn't scam you just because cause he was another forum member. In fact if I had to bet on it, I'd say the odds of who scammed you (seller or usps) are 50-1 for the seller.

    It says you joined quite recently but earlier this yr there was a big scam by a member who had also done this on other forums... Asking for free shit then flipping it... Taking $$ for items then not shipping them...pretending to be a vet and parlaying this into more free shit that he sold on other forums... Etc. Hell he even was able to scam free shit from ORVIS. The thread is here: http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/index.php?threads/88506/

    I have no idea who you bought it from on this forum but just a fair warning that just because someone is a member here means nothing.

    Best of luck recovering your rod/$$, that really is an unfortunate situation. If I can help in any way let me know
     
  6. snarlac

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    To answer OP's question (original post):

    No. This hasn't happened to me, and I've bought plenty of rods by mail (though not Canada yet) - some left on my doorstep where they sat all day (or more) unstolen; but most with signature confirmation delivery to a work address in a locked mail room. I do not suspect a scam for your experience (there is a scam - used on EBAY - where the package is sent empty to any old business address in the same zip code, so as to obtain confirmation delivery; EBAY's buyer protection program does NOT cover non-receipt or "not as described" claims if there is DC, but you got nothing to prove otherwise).

    But you got an empty package, rather than nothing at all, so this doesn't sound like a scam - at least not a smart one. Could it have been opened/inspected at the border and misplaced there? Was the package open, or open and resealed, on receipt?
     
  7. Michael Morris

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    I guess you're right but as I said earlier I give people the benefit of the doubt. That is definitely crazy regarding the other member screwing people over. I've never understood the need to rip people off, especially in the manner to which he did it. Funny enough it was my first transaction on here, but I am sure it will work out in the end one way or another. I have done plenty through craigslist, ebay and other forums for stuff and never have had an issue, so I will continue to purchase items that way. As of now, I am just waiting while they see if it was mistakenly taken out and not put back in, if it fell out or if for some other reason it was lost and found in the mail. If not, I believe I should be able to collect the insurance in full. I have also filed a claim through paypal just incase, and will wait to resolved that until I get a confirmation from USPS. With that being said anyone selling a 8'6" 5wt or a 9" 5wt Sage Z axis ? Thanks for the feed back and the offer.