Most of Vince’s bargain hunting turns out to be amazingly great. This deal wasn’t one of those kinds of deals.
I had never seen a doggie playpen but it worked so good for Rita at my uncle’s at Christmas. She could see out. Vince could put his hand through and pet her. She seemed fine with it. Sometimes, it’s good to have her confined, not only so she can’t bother others, but so she can’t hurt herself if she’s in a strange place.
Vince ordered a playpen that was a bit bigger and more sturdy. The one my uncle has is smaller since they have dainty little logs (a Yorkie and a tiny chihuahua with serious heart problems). Rita was a bit rambunctious for that one. Vince found one that was a “deal” from the Amazon warehouse, which meant it had been returned but here’s the description.
Condition: Used – Like New? Really?
The box looked a little rough and I wasn’t real sure about it’s condition so I suggested Vince open it and check it out. I wan’t real thrilled about a used dog playpen but Vince was sure it probably one someone bought and returned before ever using it.
He opened it and some electric cord was the first thing he pulled out. I said “It’s electric?” Vince said “I don’t know what the heck this is .. some kind of cord!” He had a very puzzled look on his face. He said . . this is not what it’s supposed to look like.
He pulled it out of the box and it was an electric blanket! Not only was the electric blanket in the box, but the purchaser who returned it had inserted a note, including his name and address.
When I called Amazon last night to return the electric blanket, I told them this didn’t seem very secure. The person wasn’t concerned. This morning, I called back to talk to a supervisor because I think it’s pretty weird, not in a good way, that (1) there was an electric blanket in a playpen box which may or may not be how the original purchaser returned it but still, Amazon or their contractor should have opened this box to inspect the contents and (2) someone’s information was in the box and should have been removed before shipping this item out to someone else! As an Amazon customer who occasionally returns things, that’s a concern to me but no one at Amazon showed any concern.
Lesson learned . . don’t put a note with your name on it when returning a package to them! I understand that with the volume they do, things slip through but it still seems weird to me.
Of course, this guy’s name and address is available on the internet (I looked and he seems quite interesting . . in a good way. I think Vince wants to talk to him about his wood working and Vince will probably write him today) but my feeling is . . if someone wants to find me because of my knitting or my quilting or my blog, they can google my name . . not find it inside their Amazon box! But, I guess that’s the days in which we live. If we don’t want our information out there, dig a hole and get it in. Hmm . . I wonder how deep I can go with my hole and still have internet??
I’ve always told Vince I want to be a recluse. I want to live deep in the woods without interaction from other people. He tells me I cannot be a recluse because a recluse cannot have internet. I want to be a recluse with internet! 🙂