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When eBay Sold Longing And Loss

Back in the late 90s/early 00s, when eBay was young and most packages were sent without tracking, buying stuff online was a risky affair.

Auction winners sent in their payments, generally in the form of a money order, then sat around praying their package would arrive, preferably unmangled, in the next two to four weeks.

Some of these packages contained the stuff dreams are made of, and as this comic from The Odd 1s Out shows those lost and otherwise unreceived packages full of happiness will haunt us for the rest of our lives. AND NOW MY COLLECTION WILL NEVER BE COMPLETE! WAAAAAGGH!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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yeah, I try to be understanding about stuff getting lost in the mail, i have certainly had stuff I shipped that never got to it's purchaser. But it was entirely the seller's fault, he even admitted it (and then failed to send me back my money)
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I bought a crystal ball for a girlfriend from a reputable online retailer. I was advertised as being 80 mm, but was only 60 mm when it arrived. It took months to get a refund. In the mean time, I found a 160 mm quartz crystal ball on e-bay for half the price.

She was thrilled and amazed! Made her the envy of all her new age friends.
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Out the money and the relationship? Ouch.

Also, stuff still gets stolen off porches and all that. Only lost one item this holiday season, so it could be worse. Ebay certainly isn't the only place selling stuff that doesn't arrive.
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It's been nearly 15 years but I will never get over the $150 I spent on a gift for my ex that never arrived. And to top it off I broke up with the ex a month later.
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