Well, I would not have thunk that I could be scammed, but I had a very close encounter! I'm posting this as a beware for those of you out there that sell items on the internet!
Here's the deal. I have these darling chairs for sale in my etsy shop.
(Yes, a shameless plug for my shop while telling you about what happened to me!)
And I received this correspondence inquiring about the item:
Am Walter katharina,I came accross your item on ETSY,i will like to buy the item,is it ready for the immediate purchase, before i proceed with the payment i will Like to ask about the item.
1) Is the item still available for sale?
2) What is the present condition of the item?
3) Do you accept PAYPAL as your mode of payment?
4) what is the final asking price?
kindly get back to me with your reply to my private email:
To which I replied:
Thank you for your inquiry.
The chairs are still available for purchase.
The condition of the chairs is 'vintage' and they are in good condition. They show minor wear as they are vintage items.
I accept paypal for payment.
Before I quote you a final price, can you tell me what city and state you live in?
Then, I received this response:
Thanks for the response,i am an oceanographer and am currently on the sea at the moment, i am buying the item as a gift for my Mother,i want to make it a surprise gift for her,she won't know anything about the gift until they get delivered to her.Soi want you to reassure me that the item is in good condition as you have described.I can only pay through PayPal. So please kindly get back to immediately so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done,i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the item up immediately after payments.
Hmmmm, I said to myself, .....oceanographer....something'sfishy here.....
first....really bad grammer by the buyer (but I was willing to overlook that)....second.....I really didn't want some 'pick up agent' coming to my house....and third....the whole 'surprise for my mom' deal sounded unusual.....
Then I did some google-izing. Turns out the 'oceanographer' scam is prevalent on both Craigslist and Ebay.
It's all about trying to get 'you' (the seller) to front money to the 'pick up agent' (which is really the buyer!)
First, no biggie. I received a large order of fabrics (yes, from Bill, the UPS driver!) and one of the fabrics was not what I ordered.
I had ordered this:
But instead, I got this:
Oh goodness, no worries, I just called the vendor (and they were very nice) and told them about the mistake. Problem solved!
Then, I set up my air compressor to get ready to work on some upholstery (on the driveway) as it was a beautiful day! I had purchased the compressor at a bargain price and had been pleased so far as to how it was working.
But eeeegads! It wasn't working today!
So off I went to the hardware store to invest in another one!
But, ugh, I decided to purchase a 'bigger' one in hopes that this one wouldn't break as easily.
(Exhibit 1: going broke trying to save money)
Then I busted out my new staple gun! This is my third staple gun, by the way. The first one I got from the local hardware store, but I dropped it and it broke. The second one I also got from the local hardware store, but I didn't like the size of the staples (note to self: read staple size information prior to purchasing). Now, I've got myself the bomb-diggity, big upgrade, staple gun from an upholsterer supplier!
(Exhibit 2: Going broke while trying to save money)
But I couldn't get the 'thingy' off that was attached to my old staple gun, in order to attach it to my new staple gun.
Aaaargh, so back to the hardware store I went to purchase a new 'thingy'.
(Exhibit 3: Going broke while trying to save money)
And then everything was going smoothly, until my new staple gun stopped working.
So I read the directions and it said to 'take the gun apart'. But it took me 10 minutes to get the little tool that you are supposed to use to take the gun apart! Seriously! I had to use a screwdriver!
Then I used the little tool to take the gun apart:
But guess what? The gun doesn't come apart! It's welded together!
So then I took a breather and threw the gun on the ground.
And I looked at the directions again.
Hmmm.....maybe there's a staple jam.
So for the next 30 minutes, I tried to dig out this eensy-teensy piece of remnant staple that is barely visible to the eye:
Yay, the little piece came out and I was able to start work again!
I started working on placing the fabric on the back of this chair:
But, oh no, oh no, uh oh........
I realized I am about 2 inches short on the fabric fitting!
Oh come on! You've got to be kidding me! Now I need to order more fabric!
And a crafty ebayer snuck in at, literally, the last minute and outbid me by $1.00!
Who does that? I mean, who has the time to actually do that?
Hmmmph. I was bummed.
But never fear!
While on a girls trip this past weekend, (definition of girls trip: middle aged women boondoggle at a beach house, visiting antique stores, walking on beach and consuming adult beverages), we spotted this little funk-a-licious stool:
And, I got it!
It's perfect for a reupholster/upcycle project and will be very cute in a family room as extra seating or in a bedroom as well. Plus, it's so much cuter than the one I originally wanted on ebay! And plus, plus, -- it was less expensive!
I'll let you know what fabric I decide on!
I saw some other cool stuff while we were 'antiquing' :
A cool upcycled stool! Can you believe it?
A cool upcycled chair, can you believe it?
I stopped in my tracks when I saw this gi-normous mirror backed by vintage shutters:
There was a little note on this that said 'do not sit', but I was so tempted! It was down-filled and scrumptuous! But at $895, I walked right on by....
Sweet little pillow made out of vintage asian fabric:
Hawaiian Barkcloth Baby!
Bee - you-ti-ful upcycled chair and ottoman....elegant!
This takes the saying "i'll have your head on a silver platter" to a whole new level!
Thank you to my friends for a great weekend and the whole shebang!