I sometimes have trouble with sellers making mistakes throughout every step of the transaction. I have these problems because I often buy cheap lots of books on eBay that are not described well. Those types of lots are often sold by sellers who are careless and do not package well.*
One such package arrived recently. I guess I should consider myself very lucky that the package arrived at all. The problem is that the seller wrote the wrong house number on the address label.
At first, I thought that the package was delivered to the neighbor, who opened it and then gave it back to the carrier. The package was opened, at least partially, from the right edge. Apparently, what actually happened is that the carrier recognized my name and determined that the package had the wrong house number on it. He verified that the package was mine and left it at my house instead. At least the carrier was paying attention and noticed that the name did not match the house number.
Since the box was smashed, I knew before opening this package that I should document it with photos.
Also make note that the seller was
careful to make certain that everyone who saw the box knew that it
contained Nancy Drew books. I think that was a nice touch.
I opened the package and was not surprised at what I discovered.
The package contained nothing to pad the books, which is why the box ended up smashed. Also interesting is how often I open these types of packages and the books are upside down with respect to the direction of the address label. I flipped the remaining photos over to make your viewing of them easier.
The Hidden Staircase dust jacket was folded under at one corner and loose in the box. Why wasn't it on the book? Why do I even ask?
I hope you enjoyed reading about this package situation.
*Note to my sensitive readers: I am not stating that all sellers of cheap books are careless, just that some of them are.