- 7 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
I moved to Japan in the summer of 2008. In February of 2009, my college had a big pottery sale to help fund the students’ trip to a big ceramics convention. I am a potter, and I love collecting ceramics, so when a friend I’ll call C offered to pick some up for me, I jumped at the chance. I told her I couldn’t afford anything more than $200, and I would pay her back as soon as she told me how much I owed. She also told me she would ship it all to my parents’ place in Ohio if I just paid her back.
After the sale, she sent me an email to tell me about the awesome pots she had bought for me, but she didn’t give me a price. I asked a few more times, but she never gave me a dollar amount. She finally did, but she never responded to my emails asking for an address. I finally told her I would just pay her when I visited that summer.
In July of 2009, I came back to the US for a couple weeks to visit. I saw C a couple times. Three days before I was supposed to leave, she started trying to give me my pots. I told her that I couldn’t take them because I had nowhere to put them. I didn’t have any family here, and there was no way I could bring them back to Japan with me. I didn’t have a car to get myself to a post office to send them to my parents, and almost every second I had left in my trip was scheduled already. I simply couldn’t take them at that time. I asked her again to send them to my parents. I paid her $250 for the pots and for more than enough to cover shipping.
Two weeks later, she moved to Australia. She never shipped my pots. She told me her mom would do it. She never did.
I moved back to the US in the summer of 2010. C told me to call her mom to get my pots. I did, but her mom kept flaking out or not returning my calls.
Right now, C is visiting the US. We made plans to see each other tonight, and she said she would finally bring me my pots. I already wrote off the money I paid her to ship everything, but I wanted these bowls. I excitedly unwrapped the pieces…
There were three of them. One of them kind of sucks, one of them is okay, and the last is decent. None of them are great. Moreover, I’m almost positive that she previously told me there were more pots, and I think the ones she showed me two years ago were better. I know how pottery is priced, and I know the artists who made these pieces, and even if they were priced to be the most expensive they could possibly be, I can only see them costing $140. Where’s my other $60 of pottery?
C says she doesn’t remember what she got me because it’s been so long, but these are the three her mom gave her for me. I’m so mad because it wasn’t her mom’s responsibility. It was hers. It was her responsibility to ship the pottery OVER TWO YEARS AGO. And now I’m not even getting everything I paid her for.
I’m really annoyed with her now, and I just had to rant. Ugh.