I admit it. I got cocky.
Everything I’d ever ordered from eBay showed up — even when I forgot to change our address and the package had to be forwarded.
Unfortunately, that luck ended with this last purchase. A pre-ordered box of Magic the Gathering cards was delivered to our old address. Apparently, it was a new carrier and so he didn’t see it was supposed to be forwarded.
The tracking number shows it was delivered to our old apartment. It would have been put in a parcel locker and the key would have been put into this person’s mailbox.
We called the post office who did at least take the effort to go to the actual complex and even leave a note on the person’s door. Still, nothing. The guy is going to try one more time, but beyond that… the package is just gone.
And, despite there being a tracking number which PROVES that the post office fouled up, USPS holds absolutely no liability unless there’s insurance. Lovely.
I did call the main office and explain to them that their tenant had taken a package that didn’t belong to her (I learned from them it was a “her”) and that was, you know, a federal crime. And that the post office had even come out and left a message and she had neglected to do anything to contact them.
The office person said she would send a notice to the tenant and leave a message with her. I admit to a small kernel of hope — especially since the postal worker is also going to try one more time — but I really shouldn’t hope too much.
It’s likely that we’re just S.O.L. and it’s all a tad ridiculous.
On my part because you always, always, always get insurance. A quick message to the sender would probably have meant the item would have been insured for an extra two bucks.
On the post office’s part because there’s a record of its screw-up and yet we have no recourse.
On the new tenant’s part because it’s INCREDIBLY unlikely that it just happened to go to a fellow Magic player. (Especially because the person is a female — not to stereotype, but the numbers are against it.)
Just out of curiosity, I even checked Phoenix Craigslist to see if anyone listed a Magic box too cheaply in the past couple of weeks. Nothing. Which means it’s likely that the package is just sitting around in this person’s apartment, waiting to be returned and probably never will be.
Which is why, kids, you always get insurance.