Ok, Let me climb up on my soap box for a second here.
All right. Everyone here? Can you hear me in the back?
(tapping on mike)
I'm not sure about the niceties, or legalities of bitching on a blog, so let me change the names to protect the not so innocent.
To keep the blog interesting, and my blood pressure low, here's some pictures of Princess Petunia.
I had joined a site. A fabric - buying site.
It rhymes with Slab-Slanatic.
Let me tell you, I was so excited about this site. They billed themselves as a "Costco" for fabric. You would place an order, and once they had enough orders they would buy a bolt, and divvy it up amongst the people who had ordered, passing the savings on to you!
Sign me up.
I ordered some fabric, it came, life was good.
I joined the "Stashbuilders" club, where they would automatically send me eight half yard pieces each month.
I was in heaven. I made a quilt out of the fabric they had sent.
Then one day, I accidentally ordered a big bundle of fabric. I say accidentally because I was never all that comfortable with their website, and one day was checking out what was available, and put some in my "cart". I clicked
to the next page, thinking I would find a summary, or an "Are you sure" page, but no. I had just ordered $52 of fabric.
Now yes, it was Dolce, which I loved, but $52 is a lot of money for something I wasn't sure I wanted.
Don't you go through the sites and pile things up in your cart, only to cancel it all out at the end?
So fine, I had accidentally ordered a big chunk of Dolce, but at least it was fabric that I loved, so no harm, no foul.
I'm rambling, I know. Bear with me.
So I had ordered this fabric in FEBRUARY.
And it never came.
I emailed, politely requesting an update, and didn't get a response.
I emailed again, and again,
and finally got an email that said "Will send it right out."
But no fabric came.
Now, in the meantime, my April auto-delivery came, money was taken out of my account for it, but no fabric showed up.
Now, I am a patient woman.
I really am.
If they had just answered my emails, I would happily wait forever.
But with no answers, I started thinking scam, and shadiness, and bad thoughts.
AND RIGHTLY SO!
Because I never did get that fabric, and I never did get my April shipment, and I never did get an answer to my emails!
I disputed it through PayPal, and they got me the money for the April shipment returned, but told me that since it had been longer than 45 days, I was out of luck with that $52.
Well THAT would have been a good thing to know up front.
So for my patience, I was rewarded with losing $52 and never seeing that fabric that I had ordered, and I now have an unfair hatred of Dolce, (which is totally wrong, because it wasn't the fabric's fault, and it really is a beautiful, beautiful fabric line), and a mistrust of ordering things online.
A couple of weeks ago I was sick with the stomach flu. The night before. I had been drinking a lovely Riesling.
Then I barfed.
Last night I tried to drink that same lovely Riesling, and the smell took me immediately back to the bathroom.
That's how I feel about buying fabric now.
Thank you, Slab-slanatic.
Thanks a lot.
So here is my public service announcement.
You may now resume your regularly scheduled life.