Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Oh bleepity bleep bleep bleep!

The hot ticket item for kids this year seems to be Zhu Zhu Hamsters. Up until a couple months ago, I had never heard of them. In fact, when a friend posted on facebook that she was looking for a Zhu Zhu Hamster ... I really wondered how she was going to have a live hamster shipped to her!

Then I googled them ... and found out they are just a toy. Ha.

It is in my nature -- I guess -- to have the hot ticket item. You gotta play the game, right?

So in my search for Zhu Zhu Hamsters this holiday season, I ended up with two 3-pack hamster sets ... but I only needed one. I listed them on ebay and sold them since I had no other use for them.

The buyer paid. I marked the item as shipped. Done deal.

Until today.

Today I got an email from the buyer asking what day I shipped the item. I checked in my shipping account ... but I didn't see that buyer's shipment.

Crap. What in the heck?!

I racked my brain trying to figure out if I did indeed ship those hamsters or not. They were not sitting on the counter where they had been, so they must have gone out.


But where is my proof of shipment? And why is it that my brain cannot think?!

I figured I better check my hiding spot to make sure I didn't stick them in there on accident. After all ... I had just gathered up some of gifts to stash in there. Did I accidentally grab both 3-packs of hamsters?

Sure enough ... two sets of 3-pack hamsters sitting right there in front of my eyes.

Oh bleepity bleep bleep bleep!

What am I going to do?! I'm positive this buyer needs these hamsters for Christmas ... they are the hot ticket item! And tomorrow is Christmas Eve! What in the world am I going to do -- she is going to be soo mad at me!

So I sent her this email ...

Umm ... hi. I am so sorry. I'm gonna be honest here and tell you how much of an airhead I clearly am. I thought for sure I had sent this, but after receiving your email and not being able to find your shipment in my shipping
account, I just looked where I have my kids gifts and there they sat.

*smacks forehead*

I had two sets, one of which I kept for my kids and the other I sold to you. When I was shipping everything out, I must have grabbed these thinking they were the ones I needed to put away ... and instead they were yours. :(


Ugh. I have a feeling you are going to tell me you needed these for Christmas, but I'm really hoping that is not what you are going to say so I will feel a teeny bit better. Please let me know so I can figure this out. :(

I have not heard back from the buyer yet. I am so nervous she is going to yell at me. Seriously ... am I the only one who has a brain of mush?

I think I need to refill my Gingko ... now.


  1. Oh crap! Wow, even if you overnight them tomorrow they won't arrive til Sat. Pray they have to celebrate Christmas late due to family conflicts! Sorry that happened!

  2. Ooooh, man, that's a toughie. I think I might offer her a refund and tell her they are still on their way.... she can make up whatever story she wants for her kiddo about Santa having to deliver them late...
    Good luck.

  3. Oh no!!!!! I feel bad for BOTH you and the buyer!!! Ok, I live down the road from two UPS stations. (UPS is based right up the road from us.) They are open 24 hours right now. Maybe the one buy you is too???????? I agree with Kristin though. I think I'd offer a full refund and ship anyway.

    That said, I bought a hamster and all the accessories for Angela, and I've been playing with it. You I could show Dean how it works and stuff.

  4. The buyer could do what my parents always did after a night of wrestling with everything for 5 kids to be under the tree, completely put together..... Blame it on the Little Unknown Elf..... Forgetful! That's right my parents made up an elf named Forgetful and he was "always" leaving gifts or even full trash bags of gifts on the front porch. My poor dad worked 2 and sometimes even 3 jobs at once to keep the family finances going, this made him dead tired most nights so I can't even imagine him trying to put things together until wee hours of the morning when we would always go to the 11 pm church services and not get home until 12:30 AM! Then on top of that he would either get the sleigh bells out and run around the house ringing them. One year he totally outdid himself and went to the top of the house and put skiis on the roof and let them slide down the roof to show that Santa had indeed landed on our front yard while going over the roof. He would go out and make tracks for the deer as well, they weren't perfect and honestly do kids really know exactly what a deer print looks like all the time??? LOL What a dad, we miss him so much.

  5. Oh frickity frackin snapples!!! DOH!

  6. maybe she could give them to her kids (if they are for christmas) on january 6th and say they are a gift from the three wise men??? :)

  7. Yikes! I agree about the refund and send it out asap...that's what I would do. Hope the buyer isn't too hard on you.

  8. I'd go with a full refund as well, I think we need to buy these they look like fun

  9. Happily, my kids have no clue about Zhu Zhu pets!!! I'm Ellen, just found you through KnowledgeSafari. I'm mom to Max, who's 7 and has mild cerebral palsy, and Sabrina, who's 4 and has a big attitude. Merry Christmas to your beautiful family!