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Nov 04, 2010 20:54 |  #1

I purchased a lens from here. I ordered and paid through paypal gift. Now, today, was delivery day. I was expecting to come home to find a note to pick up the lens at the post office. Instead, I find the box on my door step in the poring rain. It has been raining all day. It was wet this morning when I left. Now, I found out that the seller did not include insurance on the package. I am not sure what to do. I have not opened the box as yet. I was hoping he had insurance. It has been 4 hrs since I have picked up the box from my door step, and the box is still very much wet.

I am lost now, because I know it is not the seller's fault for it being left in the rain, but it is not my fault either. It is the post office fault, but there is no insurance. What should I do?


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Nov 04, 2010 20:56 |  #2

Why don't you just open the box...you never know.

Then we'll go from there. =]


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Nov 04, 2010 21:00 |  #3

I dont want to open the box yet, and its "accepting" damaged product.


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Nov 04, 2010 21:02 as a reply to  @ tnguyen600's post |  #4

A. It might not be soaked through.
B. I always put such things in a plastic bag or tightly bubblewrap them to prevent abrasion in the box--that seller might have done the same thing.
C. The seller might have inner-boxed it in the original box, including the original Styrofoam container, which would protect it from the rain.
D. Most lenses can shed quite a bit of water.




  
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Nov 04, 2010 21:02 |  #5

professorman wrote in post #11226947 (external link)
I dont want to open the box yet, and its "accepting" damaged product.

If you've made up your mind, why are you asking us? Contact UPS.




  
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Nov 04, 2010 21:06 |  #6

FWIW I would open the package and you'll probably find it wrapped in bubble wrap nice and dry and all of this worrying is for nothing.

EDIT: Then again, it may be soaked because you let it sit all day in a wet box allowing the humidity to permeate into everything. Ah, paranoia, it will destroy ya! OPEN THE BOX. <<Damned kids>>


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Nov 04, 2010 21:11 |  #7

I am surprised no one has mentioned the Pay Pal gift mistake. This is why I ONLy pay PAy Pal normal.

That being said, open the box ASAP. The longer it sits the more moisture that could damage the lens.

Let us know how it turns out.


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Nov 04, 2010 21:36 |  #8

I asked him if he wrapped it in plastic, so I will see what he says.


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Nov 04, 2010 21:41 |  #9

man, i would be tearing that box open as soon as i saw it soaked in attempt to rescue the lens from getting wet lol.

just open the darn thing. longer you wait, the worse like people said.




  
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Nov 04, 2010 21:49 |  #10

What's the other option...You don't open it up, refuse delivery, they come back and get it and ship it back to the original owner. I wonder what the USPS policy is on leaving packages where the weather can get to them.




  
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Nov 04, 2010 21:55 |  #11

Addicted2EOS wrote in post #11226993 (external link)
I am surprised no one has mentioned the Pay Pal gift mistake. ...

There were a few basic mistakes made in the course of this deal. How about a Sticky-Thread with buyer's and seller's checklists?


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Nov 04, 2010 21:56 |  #12

That was terrible. he could have left it inside the front porch.


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Nov 04, 2010 22:03 |  #13

I don't really think you can refuse shipment now...it's been delivered. Whether you open the box or not, you can't say "I'm refusing this shipment" at this point.

When I last shipped a lens, it was wrapped in so much bubble tape and then put in a plastic bag, then surrounded by more bubble tape. I think you probably could have dropped in a lake (well maybe that's exaggerating a little bit).


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Nov 04, 2010 22:42 |  #14

Any person with common sense would've wrapped the lens in bubble wrap or plastic bag of some type, so open the box already :)


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Nov 04, 2010 22:59 |  #15

He only used packaging peanuts. I opened it up. I do not see any visible water on the lens itself. It feels very cold. I was about to give it the thumbs up, when I noticed that there was significant wet spot inside the lens hood, about 2" long water mark.

Should I put the lens in rice? Like this (external link)?
I would worry about the rice dust getting down into the zoom ring and stuff.


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