Surprise Mail

@CRK109 (14419)
United States
March 15, 2017 6:05pm CST
Mail can be so boring sometimes. I don't get bills in the mail anymore, but I sure do get tons of advertising. So when something different arrives, it perks me up! Today I retrieved my mail and a small envelope was there from Michigan. I didn't think I knew anyone in Michigan who knew my address, so once I got back to my apartment, I ripped into it. And it put a smile on my face. I've been selling rubber stamps on ebay for a couple of years now, and through that little side business, I've met some nice people. Well, imagine my surprise when someone put a complaint through ebay about me because they didn't receive their stamp! I couldn't imagine what had happened, but later that very same day, I got an email from another customer in another state who said they had received the stamp by mistake. And she wanted to buy it from me. I explained my dilemma and asked if she could return it to me. I even sent her money to cover the return postage. And eventually, I did get the stamp back. Because of my blunder (some days my printer has a mind of its own), I sent the stamp to the original customer free of charge. I felt so bad about my mistake. Well, today I received a thank you card from her along with money to cover the purchase! Total surprise! It's so nice when we all try to do right by one another, isn't it? Suddenly, everything seems right with the world. We need to keep this kind of thing going! Claudia
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@Happy2BeMe (74406)
• Canada
15 Mar 17
Well that was nice. At work I make rubber stamps, one of my many jobs there.
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
I used to love rubber stamps so much! I would spend much of my day making cards and calendars and being as artsy as I could muster! But these days they take up so much room that I'm selling them off and sticking more to knitting. Do you work for a rubber stamp company?
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@Happy2BeMe (74406)
• Canada
16 Mar 17
@CRK109 our company does many things. We do rubber stamps, printing, all types of awards and signage, vinyl lettering , sandblasting and the list goes on and on. I make rubber stamps pretty much every day for people and businesses all over Atlantic Canada.
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
@Happy2BeMe Wow! That's pretty fascinating, isn't it? Are they easy to make? Is the rubber smell very awful?
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@JudyEv (119065)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 17
That was lovely of her but then you tried hard to do the right thing too. Are you still selling stamps?
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
yes. I don't know how many more boxes of stamps I have in my closet, but I'm sure I'll be selling them for a while to come. Of course, I have some stamps that people seem to hate! I'll try those off and on for the rest of the year and if they don't sell I'll just toss them! lol
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@JudyEv (119065)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 17
@CRK109 What sorts of stamps do people not like? These are for making cards and so on aren't they?
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
@JudyEv oh it's just a few specific ones that no one seems to like. One is a large Victorian fan with cherubs on it. I made a lot of cards with that one back in the day and they were great. But I guess the thrill is gone. I have some frame stamps that have been sitting forever. And anything with the word "God" on it seems to have a very small audience. It's really interesting to see what sells and what doesn't.
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@Morleyhunt (19539)
• Canada
15 Mar 17
Some people are thoughtful and considerate.
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
they sure are, and I appreciate the efforts! I had to go to ebay to write a proper thank you to her thank you! lol
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@Morleyhunt (19539)
• Canada
16 Mar 17
@CRK109 I've never sold anything on eBay. I just opened an Etsy store today....we'll see how it goes...hopefully by next week I'll be ready to promote it.
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt Oh I suspect you're going to do huge on etsy! I have a few friends who sell there and who do pretty well. What will you be selling? What's the name of your shop?
@marlina (71303)
• Canada
16 Mar 17
It would be wonderful if things would work out so well all the time.
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
I know! At least I've proven that the possibility is there!
@Lucky15 (33427)
• Philippines
15 Mar 17
And it put a smile when i read that part of getting that thank you card. Hoping to get even a mail with an explanation on it and a refund from a seller too ;)
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
It still makes me smile to think about it. What a nice thing that was to do when she didn't have to! She completely made my day!
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@RubyHawk (21875)
• Atlanta, Georgia
17 Mar 17
What kind of stamps do you sale? Or they for mail or what?
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
17 Mar 17
They are decorative rubber stamps that crafters use to make cards and calendars and other pieces of art. They come in all sizes and some have become real collector's items.
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@RubyHawk (21875)
• Atlanta, Georgia
17 Mar 17
@CRK109 Sounds neat, I don't know if I have ever seen them.
@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
16 Mar 17
Glad that all worked out, sometimes you get nothing but tales of woe from ebay and that has certainly coloured my thinking on it
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
I don't buy much from ebay, although I've only had good luck there. I enjoy selling because I'm an honest seller. I just sold an old Beatles' import to a guy who kept pushing my buttons, asking if I was trying to sell him a CDR instead of a CD. He finally did buy it and I had to laugh. He's getting an honest product but obviously he's been hurt a lot on ebay in the past. Makes me wonder why he keeps buying, you know?
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
16 Mar 17
@CRK109 Yes, while I've not been burned the I collect speclist board games and they can be rather expensive as they are fairly rare and I feel a bit dubious about spending that much on a game
@epiffanie (9913)
• Australia
16 Mar 17
Oh how nice that you received a thank you card .. ;)
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
I always send my customers a thank you card for buying from me. Most don't seem to do that, so it's become a nice touch. I guess she decided I needed one back too!
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@epiffanie (9913)
• Australia
18 Mar 17
@CRK109 that's a nice gesture ;) ..
@BelleStarr (37118)
• Portland, Connecticut
16 Mar 17
Yes, play good things forward for sure. I think the majority of people are good and honest but that small percentage of evil people make it hard for the rest of us all the time
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
Yes, and they can color our lives so that everything stops. When that happens to me now, I keep reminding myself that they are the minority. I can't let them get to me.
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@jstory07 (65384)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Mar 17
That was nice that she send you the money for the stamp. That was a really nice surprise.
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@CRK109 (14419)
• United States
16 Mar 17
It was nice of her to do, especially when I'd told her she could have the stamp for free. There are some really nice people out there!
• United States
17 Mar 17
Its nice when things work out and people thank us for our efforts. Glad your mail brought a smile today