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Oy! I left feedback for the company I ordered new cookware from. The shipment was slow and fairly loosely packed such that the content shifted in transit. Nothing was damaged so I gave them a 3 star rating for "fair" which, in my mind means "fine" or "Okay."

I've subsequently gotten two phone calls and a voice mail from the company. They want to refund my money or some such because it "is very damaging to [my] company." Um.. 3 stars is damaging? Why? As greedy as I can be, I see no reason for a refund even if the packaged arrived slowly - which I ultimately don't care about.

Scratch that. TWO voicemails. He said that I ordered on Jan 30 and it shipped on the 31st so the issues weren't his. Ok, fine. I'm going to continue ignoring these calls adn see if they leave another. if so, I'll send an email to the seller and be all, "Dude! calm down!"

Otherwise, day two of "having a morning" succeeded. I even ate a healthy breakfast of an egg and green beans. I did, however, forget my lunch AGAIN. I must resist Noodles because I am weak for their cookies. I've had way too much sugar in the last week, thankyouverymuch.

Dear iTunes,
Please rip audio books faster and stop crapping out. It shouldn't take three tries to rip 1 CD.

Um.. THREE phone calls and, I'm guessing, another voicemail.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed
Current Music: ieeg - 53 GG In Essence It's an Egg Sample

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lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: February 13th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your breakfast smelled good. :)

Yay NPR mornings.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
My nutritionist said that she recommends vegetables for breakfast but she has a hard time convincing people that she's not crazy. We refuse to eat anything but carbs and protein in the morning for no apparent reason.

lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: February 13th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
People are crazy?

Yeah. Breakfast food kind of sucks anyway.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: February 13th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
(Are vegetables not carbs all of the sudden? Though I support with thumbs up veggies for breakfast. Egg+green beans sounds wonderful.)
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: February 13th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait. What? Did I just hear you say "blah blah blah they want to give me a free kitchenaid?"

If so, you should take it, and give it to me. I'll trade you 100lbs of free lamb for it.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: February 13th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
ABM, this is totally a good deal.

Give nathan_lounge a kitchenaid in exchange for 100lbs of lamb...
Do it....
abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, I'm not that American. I should probably leave the country for not taking advantage of this business.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be dishonest. Everything that went wrong with the order wasn't their fault. Why should I penalize them?
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: February 13th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
They hurt your business and thus your lively hood. Imagine if you had served food out of that poorly packed mixer? People could have gotten sick or died in a firey jihad. And it would be your fault. So you need a new, good mixer, and I need your old jihadist mixer.

Which one of us had a degree in ethics here?
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: February 13th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
In all seriousness...

Matt just pointed out something that I hadn't thought about. This has become less about your shipment and more about a star-money negotiation. See, the seller doesn't actually care about your well-being or the goods. The seller cares about long-term reputation and his ability to sell batches of goods. So he wants to trade capital for stars. Which puts you in a position to haggle over star-worth. It's in your best interest to get some kind of value for your opinion. For example, lets say that your mixer had shown up broken but with a thousand dollars in cash-moneys in the box. How many stars would you have left then? So it is worth talking to the seller, figuring out what you'll trade for in a stars to value ratio so that he gets what s/he wants and you get something in return.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: February 13th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm assuming this is a small company that has a foothold on eBay. The people there tend to get insanely scared about anything aside from full marks. I still remember this pissing match a seller had with me because I gave him positive feedback but remarked that the item did not look new. He complained to me in return about how it was and how such remarks can potentially ruin his business. This from a man who was shilling his shipping cost by doubling the necessary cost.

Further elaboration: I checked out those forums they have there and people are scary. They think 4.85 is bad in terms of feedback rating. They also remark on how defenseless they are when buyers can rate whatever they like but they can't. OCD obsession is lord of all over there.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 13th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about eBay but they're an Amazon seller. 3 stars is considered positive but waht I said was mediocre, I suppose.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: February 13th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
You never know. Personally, considering how dumb some of the feedback I've seen can be (someone gave a buddy of mine low marks because of the shipping issue as well, not to mention another who complained that it wasn't the version they were looking for despite how he detailed it as such in the item description) I would not worry about it much.

Actually, I don't even know who looks at the ratings on Amazon to begin with. Hell, I've been selling on and off on it for a few years and I have yet to get a single rating!
jinxedkisses From: jinxedkisses Date: February 14th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Change their rating to two stars and add to your comments that they won't stop harassing you via voice mail. See what that gets you. Probably less voice mails.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 14th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is the LAST thing I want. I dislike that I can't add feedback after removing a comment. That's silly.
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