I am writing to let you guys know about the order experience that I had with www.athousandapologies.com. You might have heard of the website because CurseTheSeen is on these forums and is always posting about sales and whatnot. You might remember back in December he posted about free shipping for Vivisect Playset Preorders. I decided to go ahead and order a few blind boxes from him and try my luck on this series. I placed my order on JAN. 26th. This is a very important detail, so keep it in mind for later.
I spoke with CurseTheSeen several times before and after making the order, and was told that some problems had happened with the StrangeCo release date. It sounded legit and I'm sure it was. I kept patiently waiting. A week or so ago I was told that my order had finally shipped. That's all, "Yes, it has been shipped out." I received it this morning.
It came in a padded envelope and the first thing I noticed was that the boxes had been damaged. But the note that accompained my order was much more important. On my invoice was a hand written note.
On this note it said that he was sorry for the delay. He said that he was suppose to receive 3 cases of the Vivisect series, and he only received 2. Because he got 2 cases, and not 3, and because my order should have been from the 3rd case... he was FORCED to send me boxes that had been OPENED for open box sales. No big surprise here that the figures in the order were commons. Just to place emphasis here, my blind box order was filled with boxes that he had opened and gone through. Not just the boxes, the foil and everything. Figures had been identified, then sorted I'm sure, and then sent to me.
Now, of course, I am angry. Not only did he have ample time and opportunity to discuss this issue with me before mailing me out his open box leftovers, but when logging into the forums this morning... of which I've been absent lately because of my workload, I find this thread started by him:
Lets look at it together, shall we?
Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:42 am Vivisect Playset blind box for $8 FREE SHIPPING
The Vivisect Playset is back in stock at A Thousand Apologies.com for only $8 per blind box. All Vivisect Playset orders include FREE shipping.
Hmm, interesting. So... he didn't have blind boxes to send someone who placed their order back in Jan. But apparently he has ample blind boxes to sell to whatever john or jane wanders into his store on Feb 18th. I might add, it still shows that he has blind boxes in stock on his website. An interesting note, it does not show ANY open boxes for sale on his website.
Obviously, If I had wanted to buy open boxes I could have done so on this forum several weeks ago. I could have bought ones that I actually wanted, and only those. I could have had them by now. Matter of fact, stores in my local area have had the series since a week after the release. But I didn't buy any because I had already ordered them from this guy. Now they are sold out here as well.
I just want you guys to know, because I'm pretty sure there isn't anyone on these forums that wants to order a blind box and receive an box that has been opened with a common figure inside. There is definitely something retarded going on here, and since there are recent posts from this fellow, I am posting this immediately after receiving my order to warn you guys before you run over there to buy his stuff.
I will be sending him my two cents as well.