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Old 10-10-2015, 02:07 AM   #1
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Awkward Situation

So, I pretty regularly order from Amazon. I ordered a few things last week, and they came a fairly large box. It was a cat bed liner that the Amazon packers chose the size for, but the other three things in that shipment were fairly small - maybe baseball sized.

I got home last Friday and it had been raining, so I grabbed the soggy box from my porch and left it to dry out a bit just inside the door. Finally decided to open it yesterday...and it was heavier than I expected. And it had more taping on it than Amazon usually does. I figured it was because the 3 smaller items were bouncing around inside the large box (with no real padding, either, unless you count the cat bed liner )

At that point, I couldn't exactly remember what I'd ordered, so I just opened each thing as I pulled it out. And the first and heavy box I pulled out ended up being 12 copies of a recently released hardback book! I was grumbling that here I'd have to return something to Amazon that they'd shipped by mistake....turned the box over and it had a UPS label from Penguin to Barnes & Noble! The address was for a nearby shopping center.

I suspect my box was inadequately taped, and the little items bouncing around in it broke the initial seal. The UPS guy just picked up the 'little loose packages' and shoved them back in....and included one that didn't really belong to me.

So what was my "awkward situation"?

Since the B&N store is very close to where I work, I decided to drop it off myself after work, rather than arrange for UPS to come pick it up and deliver it themselves.

I walked into B&N and had to say, "So I got this package from Amazon...."

Oops!

(Actually, I called the store when I first got into the office to let them know I had the package. The guy I talked to was very nice, and he laughingly ended the call to say maybe I should give the B&N website a chance next time. )
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:45 AM   #2
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Didn't happen to have a copy of Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together in that box, did you?
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:47 AM   #3
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Great story! But it would have been really awkward if B&N purchased the books from Amazon
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:06 PM   #4
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Didn't happen to have a copy of Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together in that box, did you?
Ha! It was Patti Smith...I think it was called "My Train". I have to admit, I was tempted....just for a moment....to sniff one of the books. And it felt good in my hands (not a large hardback). But I still wouldn't give up the extra conveniences I gain with ebooks. However, I pretty much avoid bookstores because I'm still tempted.

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Great story! But it would have been really awkward if B&N purchased the books from Amazon
That thought did run through me head for half-a-second..."Barnes & Noble is ordering from Amazon???"! That would have been a story for one of the blogs, wouldn't it?
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I get packages from Walgreens ALL the time! There address is 101 Forbes Dr. Mine is 216 Forbes Dr Apt 101. Apparently Reading is Not required by the PO. Worst that I Received so far been a Huge Box filled with Trojans!! That was the one time my son took them to Walgreens & even he did it in the middle of the night!
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