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    Featherweight from eBay

    I recently 'won' a bid on eBay for a Featherweight. The excitement was like waiting for Christmas! Well, 5 weeks later I am still waiting on my Featherweight to arrive.

    I wanted to pass along a lesson learned maybe to help someone else. When ordering from Canada the item may be stuck in customs until they get ready to release it. If I had it to do over again - I would pass on such a 'deal'.


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    I'm so sorry. I hope you get your pretty FW soon.

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    I hope you get it soon, I know its hard to wait!!

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    Good things are worth waiting for...you'll forget the wait when you get her.

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    Thanks for the encouraging words. I really am looking forward for "Annie" to get here. I have named her Annie because she was purchased at an auction....she was orphaned...thus the name Annie. She looked good and the seller's comments were positive.


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    I buy alot on ebay and has taken stuff a long time to arrive but always get them.

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    I think if I were you I would inquire thru EBAY to find out why it is taking so long. soon you won't have any recourse should the machine never arrive.

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    So sorry. I bought 2 featherweights from Ebay but I passed on the Canada due to the shipping being so high and worries that would happen. Anything I get from out of the states is slow boat. Hope you get it soon.

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    I totally agree with amyjo, I would definitely inquire to the status, not only with ebay, but with the seller as well. I purchased one of my FW's from ebay, my first purchase from ebay, and was concerned there might be a problem, but mine arrived on the time schedule the seller gave and was packed very well. No damage. Good luck hope you receive Annie very soon.

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    I live in Canada and understand where your coming from. What I discovered that that if an item is shipped by courier across the border and its over $40 there is a surcharge of at least another $40. Therefore Canada Post or USPS are the only way to go for less shocking shipping, (still not cheap). It's called snail mail for a reason! hope it shows up soon!

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    I will let everyone know when Annie arrives. I have sent an email to the seller....good idea to contact eBay too.


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    Keeping in mind if it passes 45 days (or maybe 90?) you haven't got a leg to stand on with PayPal for a refund.
    Do you have tracking confirmation numbers? If it ever was shipped they will be listed with your purchase information at Ebay. Click those numbers and see if it was ever shipped and where it is currently.

    If no shipping confirmation to track with APPLY TO PAYPAL FOR A REFUND
    Five weeks is ridiculous ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    Keeping in mind if it passes 45 days (or maybe 90?) you haven't got a leg to stand on with PayPal for a refund.
    Do you have tracking confirmation numbers? If it ever was shipped they will be listed with your purchase information at Ebay. Click those numbers and see if it was ever shipped and where it is currently.

    If no shipping confirmation to track with APPLY TO PAYPAL FOR A REFUND
    Five weeks is ridiculous ...
    Yes, I do have a tracking number. Have verification that it was shipped and that it has been processed through the Chicago Postal Center/International Parcels. Contacted the post office and their reply was that they did not know when package would clear customs...it "usually take several weeks".

    From everyone's input, I feel sure that it will arrive in time. I will stay in touch with the seller.


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    My experience is different. I shipped an expensive ($120) metal candleholder from the U.S. to Canada. It arrived damaged, and because the box was ok, I suspect it was dropped by customs when they examined it. International insurance claims are processed through NYC. It took almost a year to get the insurance claim payment, because the U.S. insurance claims office waits a set period of time for a response from the Canadian post office. They never responded, so the claim was finally paid.

    This was an Ebay transaction, and I was the seller. I was glad to have had understanding buyers. I won't ship out of the country unless it is not breakable and of very low value in case I have to eat it.

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    My first FW came from Canada. I needed to purchase a converter to be able to use it in the USA.

    Maybe someone with more knowledge about electricity can explain it better than I can but U.S. electrical current and Canadian electrical current are not the same. I can't remember if I needed a "step up" or a "step down" converter. The one that I purchased (from ebay) was both.

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    Thanks for all your input.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    My first FW came from Canada. I needed to purchase a converter to be able to use it in the USA.

    Maybe someone with more knowledge about electricity can explain it better than I can but U.S. electrical current and Canadian electrical current are not the same. I can't remember if I needed a "step up" or a "step down" converter. The one that I purchased (from ebay) was both.
    It must have been an original British FW. Canada/USA current is he same.

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    I live in Canada also. I hope that you don't get burned on your purchase. I do think its highly likely it is stuck at the border in customs.
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    Wow, that's a little scary. How would you even track it, I wonder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linda faye View Post
    I recently 'won' a bid on eBay for a Featherweight. The excitement was like waiting for Christmas! Well, 5 weeks later I am still waiting on my Featherweight to arrive.

    I wanted to pass along a lesson learned maybe to help someone else. When ordering from Canada the item may be stuck in customs until they get ready to release it. If I had it to do over again - I would pass on such a 'deal'.
    I ship and receive from Canada and it has never gotten 'stuck' in customs!? I would email the seller and ask for tracking information. Also, I bought one machine from England and it got here real fast! Was surprised how fast it came. Sooner than one shipment from California took.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    My first FW came from Canada. I needed to purchase a converter to be able to use it in the USA.

    Maybe someone with more knowledge about electricity can explain it better than I can but U.S. electrical current and Canadian electrical current are not the same. I can't remember if I needed a "step up" or a "step down" converter. The one that I purchased (from ebay) was both.
    US and Canadian current are the same, must have come from across the waters , England or E. Too bad they didn't post that on listing.

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