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Tiki Mug Misfortunes
GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2014-07-03 2:25 pm   Permalink

The GROG Moai Mug survived the glaze fire. GROG take it out last night for a test drive at the Tonga Hut, and no leaks. It performed great. It has been officially resurrected from the dead. Yay!!!


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lunavideogames
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Joined: May 09, 2012
Posts: 1302
From: San Diego
Posted: 2014-07-03 4:32 pm   Permalink

YES!!!!

That sure is some great news!


 
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Philot
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Joined: Apr 04, 2003
Posts: 200
From: The armpit of Florida
Posted: 2014-07-22 8:26 pm   Permalink

whoa, that's not good...


Doesn't that grinding clanking sound just send chills down your spine?

I'm starting to think it was a bad idea to mock that Gypsy fortune teller.


Does this look familiar?


Yeah, that's right, I'm 0 for 2 on these )&#$#^ Drei Moai volcano bowls.
I contacted the seller before paying and explained that I wanted extra packing because
I had one of these arrive DOA before. She assured me "oh don't worry, I pack things good".
I'm starting to wonder if these bowls are cursed.

[ This Message was edited by: Philot 2014-07-23 18:22 ]


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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 4471
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-07-22 9:13 pm   Permalink

Grog- that's cool
Philot- dat sux, sorry


 
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RyanTheTerrible
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Joined: Jun 20, 2014
Posts: 33
Posted: 2014-07-25 11:28 am   Permalink



poorly packaged Don The Beachcomber rum barrel. Not expensive, but I really wanted it.


 
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TikiTacky
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Joined: Nov 23, 2010
Posts: 1311
Posted: 2014-07-25 11:51 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-07-22 20:26, Philot wrote:
whoa, that's not good...


Doesn't that grinding clanking sound just send chills down your spine?

I'm starting to think it was a bad idea to mock that Gypsy fortune teller.


Does this look familiar?


Yeah, that's right, I'm 0 for 2 on these )&#$#^ Drei Moai volcano bowls.
I contacted the seller before paying and explained that I wanted extra packing because I had one of these arrive DOA before. She assured me "oh don't worry, I pack things good".
I'm starting to wonder if these bowls are cursed.

[ This Message was edited by: Philot 2014-07-23 18:22 ]


I always ask the seller to use both bubble wrap and packing peanuts, no newspaper (and offer to pay for it if necessary).
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 6489
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-07-25 12:06 pm   Permalink

I am always amazed at the lack of shipping skills
most eBay sellers show, Newspaper does not absorb impacts during shipping
and tends to settle and compress.


 
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lunavideogames
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Joined: May 09, 2012
Posts: 1302
From: San Diego
Posted: 2014-07-25 12:15 pm   Permalink

You need to pack these bowls/mugs in a box inside a box with lots of bubblewrap and peanuts. It sucks that people would be so lazy to just throw it into a flat rate box with some newspaper.

 
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Sunny&Rummy
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Joined: Jun 13, 2013
Posts: 545
From: Melbourne, FL
Posted: 2014-07-26 07:39 am   Permalink

I have only recently started collecting mugs and have yet to make any serious investments in the rarer older items, but this thread has opened my eyes to a reality I never really thought about. Beyond just being a little corner of TC where collectors can co-miserate over mug tragedies, the thread highlights how easy it really is for some of these already very rare pieces to become even more scarce due to incompetent and lazy packing and shipping by sellers who usually care very little about the item being exchanged beyond the quick cash they may make.

 
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Loki-Tiki
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Joined: Nov 05, 2007
Posts: 312
From: Like...The Valley
Posted: 2014-07-26 10:15 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-07-26 07:39, Sunny&Rummy wrote:
I have only recently started collecting mugs and have yet to make any serious investments in the rarer older items, but this thread has opened my eyes to a reality I never really thought about. Beyond just being a little corner of TC where collectors can co-miserate over mug tragedies, the thread highlights how easy it really is for some of these already very rare pieces to become even more scarce due to incompetent and lazy packing and shipping by sellers who usually care very little about the item being exchanged beyond the quick cash they may make.



I've been an eBay member for 15 years (January 1999 geez has it been that long?). I've seen everything you could possibly imagine in packing, from the gold standard double-boxed with peanuts and bubble-wrap in between, to a single sheet of newspaper inside the box. S&R you are absolutely right, it is heartbreaking to receive a vintage piece that has been damaged or destroyed, they're not making them anymore!

To be fair, I have to say, some people honestly think they've done a good job with the packing. It's not always about indifference, that they got their money and so what happens after that. As with anything, the quality of the job is subjective. When I've pointed out the sub-quality packing, they honestly think they did a good job. I've learned for precious pieces, to tell them how I would like it packed, most people will take some extra effort, if you emphasize how valuable the piece is to you, and I offer to pay any extra shipping cost.


 
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wizzard419
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Joined: Jul 10, 2013
Posts: 313
Posted: 2014-07-26 10:57 am   Permalink

I swear cardboard boxes must be getting less durable or the machines they are using in sorting have decided they hate packages now because every box looks like it has been sat on.

One of the times a seller put a ceramic piece in a box with no packing, the box comes (looking sat on) and amazingly the piece was not damaged at all.

I'm not sure if anyone here has ever filed a claim with the postal service, but it is actually really easy. I ordered something and the seller required 2-day USPS shipping, it took over a week to arrive from shipment and the box was squashed again (contents were fine). I was more pissed at how long it took so I sent a claim in and they paid the shipping cost.

I don't know if they have been forced to change how mail is routed but it seems like everything is taking longer than it used to for delivery. In the past I send a box out to someone in NorCal and it will be there the next day, now it takes at least two.


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-07-26 12:19 pm   Permalink

One time i bought a mug on eBay & the seller just put it in an non-padded manilla envelope
no packing materials, newspaper, no anything, yet I received it miraculously undamaged!

Although the seller did charge me a premium for packing & shipping...


 
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mikehooker
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Joined: Jul 17, 2014
Posts: 182
From: Austin via Mai Kai town
Posted: 2015-01-20 5:15 pm   Permalink

OK, so it's not a mug... and it's not exceptionally valuable but I sure wasn't pleased to find one of my two new Lemon Hart shot glasses shattered.



To the sellers credit they were wrapped in bubble wrap and the box was loosely stuffed with extra paper but obviously not enough. On the bright side, I now have one Lemon Hart shot glass...


 
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Tiki Nate
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Joined: Feb 13, 2015
Posts: 8
From: Maryland
Posted: 15 days ago; 11:06 am   Permalink

Ok, here's my sad tale. When I purchased my very first home, I was sprucing up the basement, making it the delectable tiki hide-a-way that it is today. One of my aspirations was to finally have enough wall space to display my huge collection of mugs on a series of shelves lining the walls (shelves placed just below the ceiling).

After having the shelving all mounted and the mugs on display, I walked downstairs one evening and almost tripped over an entire 10 feet of shelving that had worked itself loose from the wall, creating a nifty sliding board that dumped almost the entire contents into a broken pile at the end of it. I can only imagine the horrible sounds that must have accompanied this accident - I was thankful I wasn't home when it happened!!!

Turns out, my carefully mounted shelving, attached to what I thought was sturdy wooden molding, was lacking any type of "bite" beyond the thin molding and the cheap particle board is was attached to, the weight of the mugs actually split the molding - and I'm very handy with repairs/tools, etc. but NOT this time.

I would've loved to have seen my face at the "moment of recognition" I yelled "Oh no!" and fell to my knees, running my hands through the wreckage to assess the damage. My favorite Mark Thomas Outrigger Moai with a beautiful glaze variant smashed, blue orchids surfer guy smashed....I began the sad task of throwing out mugs, and making piles of mugs I felt I could glue back together.

Some mugs split right in two, some horizontally, some vertically, others became intricate puzzles made of several shards both big and small. Some cracked but remained whole, some chipped (some of the newer Tiki Farm ones, obviously made a little more sturdy).

I rescued most, although they are now valueless, replaced my Mark Thomas with an inferior one whose glaze isn't quite as nice and it has the infamous "hairline crack," and I have yet to replace the blue surfer guy mug (arm down) from Orchids of Hawaii which was an early run and had exquisite detailing. I still have that pile, and the Outrigger pile, just can't part with them........

I shook my head and marveled at just how delicate these mugs are, they obviously were made with the cheapest of materials to keep costs down, and it's remarkable that as many as there are have survived without chips, cracks, etc. WHY am I collecting such touchy stuff!?!?! I asked myself.

BTW, I've mastered the repair aspect, using glue, caulking the chips, cracks, etc. and paint matching the mug colors to paint over the caulked areas. A lot of my mugs, from their perch shelf-side you'd never even notice as "Wounded in Battle!"

-Nate


 
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