A few months ago I made a series of works on paper, mixed media, with some fun with masking tape and spray paint
The smaller ones proved to be very popular on facebook, maybe because they were quite approachable, easily accessible, landscapey
So I offered them for sale
2 of the smaller ones were snapped up and were quickly on their way to Yorkshire in England. Sent by ordinary post, in an ordinary envelope, their arrival was quick and problem free
The other two, well here’s the tale:
They were headed for Virginia in USA
Problem number 1 : after an hours exchange on facebook messaging with the customer and the bank teller, it was decided that an online transfer of funds was too difficult. So a counter cheque was dispatched from Virginia to Ireland
Problem number 2 : after receiving the counter cheque in Ireland, the paintings were dispatched by post, in a recycled envelope with an address label attached. After a whole month the parcel had not arrived. It was discovered in Ireland that tracking the parcel was impossible as the postal receipt had been mislaid ( note was made to self to ALWAYS post items personally and retain receipt!)
Problem number 3 : after 2 months with no paintings, the purchaser in Virginia, quite rightly, wanted a refund. The bank in Ireland was unable to send a counter cheque for such a paltry sum (320$) and suggested I try the post office
Problem number 4: the post office are not able to transfer funds directly time USA. Try Western Union
Problem number 5: Western Union charge a hefty fee! Money successfully refunded to customer in Virginia
Amazing discovery: a friend calls in for coffee. Her sister, 100 miles away, has received a parcel marked Liz Doyle on the back, containing 2 paintings! It was the recycled envelope, from which the label addressed to the customer in Virginia had become detached!
Problem number 6 : on being g informed of this discovery, the customer in Virginia no longer has the available funds for the purchase. I am not at all surprised! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Moral and pledge
Post will always be registered. New packaging will always be used. Maintain and open mind and a sense of humour
A good story and lesson for us all
hahaha, indeed yes Richard 🙂 thanks for blogging too 🙂
I don’t normally blog on Saturday or Sunday so I decided they would be the perfect days to reblog posts that I like and yours was the first.
Reblogged this on richardhustonart and commented:
Here is a lesson for us all…and you get to see some great paintings too
yup, I’ll definitely be more careful, registered post from now on is a. must
We all have horror stories!
I once lived in a small town in the Cotswolds. I was walking my dog one evening, and the route took me through the railway station. Anyway, at the far end of the platform I spotted in the gloom a small parcel so went to investigate. The addressee had a highly unusual and familiar surname; so I called my friend 80 miles away in London who shared this name. She immediately said ‘Oh, that’ll be my sister Jenny’s knickers’. And it was. Jenny, so I learned, lived in a village a few miles away and together we deduced the package was chucked out of the through-train in the expectation of it being collected by the postman the following day. Quite what this story has to do with paintings I’m not sure . . .
haha, thanks for that Hariod!I too once lived in a small place in the Cotswolds. The vagaries of the postal system!:)