This has happened twice now. I just don’t get it.
As I’ve mentioned occasionally, I’m learning Spanish so I’m on the prowl for Spanish-language books. And, being the compulsive book-collecting soul that I am, I am not satisfied with only with the run-of-the-mill books that can be found in the USA, I want more obscure ones that are only available outside of the USA.
So I got a lot (“lote”) of a bunch of Spanish books off of eBay, from someone in Spain. The auction was very specific. Had scans of all the book’s covers, titles and authors. The whole thing. Very detailed.
But when the books arrive, 2 are missing. All the other books are there, but one that I most specifically wanted (it was extra-special) and another book are just gone. I wrote to the seller about it but haven’t heard anything back.
I am happy that I got the books that were sent and they’re all in good condition, but why did the seller bother to be so specific with the auction (going to the trouble of scanning the front and back covers of each title) if he wasn’t going to send them all out? I know, it probably was a mistake. Oh well.
So, I bought some more books, 18 of them, from someone in Argentina. I took a big chance with this one. Just trusted that this person would send me the books. (The price of shipping was eye-popping, too.) I figured that it was worth taking the chance—I really wanted the books.
And so they arrived today. Yay! I am really pleased. Part of me was worried that I just got soaked and would get nothing. But they arrived. Promptly, too. (Of course, the packing was abysmal, but they arrived!)
But once again, books are missing. I was very specific about what books I wanted, what titles I wanted, and 3 are missing. What the hell?
What is this? Is this what I have to look forward to when I order books from overseas? That the amount of stuff I am paying for won’t really be what I’m going to get? That the number of items I paid for were merely a “suggestion”? Is that it? I am so confused.