I should have known better. I have a “No Ebay” rule for a reason – because Ebay sellers rarely pay any attention at all to my packing instructions and the shipping companies seem to have a personal grudge against typewriters.
I was so excited to find this Signature 511D on Ebay that I just went ahead and broke my rule on impulse. It looked really clean and in good shape, so I even paid quite a bit more than I really wanted to. I love my little 440T, and really wanted a matched set of the Big and Little Brothers.
I even immediately sent an email to the seller with packing suggestions, which if he’d followed them, might have saved the typewriter. I received no response, but I figured the seller was probably a busy person. As long as they did pack it well and it arrived safely, they’d still get my highest recommendation despite the lack of communication.
So I’ve been waiting this past week, soaking in the good vibes of my thrift store hunting successes and highly anticipating the arrival of this fine machine. However, the box that arrived this morning held nothing but heartbreak and disappointment.
Unwrapping the box just made me hate myself for subjecting this fine machine to the cruel treatment of the postal service and the stupid, useless packing of the seller.