It all really started with the shoes. Not just any shoes. I'm talking about the most important accessory that any woman and maybe a metro-sexual man could relate too... My freaking wedding shoes.
I started my wedding list with "Shoes" . I knew it was important, because of my ridiculously small, cute feet. Finding proper fitting shoes in the style I wanted was probably harder than finding the Groom (sorry Mike). In case you care to know how happy a lady can be when she finds the right pair, read this.
I found a great pair online, but most websites did not have my size. However, one website did list a size 5, so I excitedly ordered the shoes. When they arrived (from China), however, they turned out to be a size 6.
I should have known this one magical website which listed the shoes in my size was too good to be true. I should have questioned when the seller started asking me why I wanted to ship the shoes to an address different than my billing address (How many times do online shoppers ship to a work address instead of their home??? almost every time, right?). Another warning flag should have been the sellers curious complaints about how expensive the shipping would be. I mean, come on, your the seller, if you don't want to pay the shipping costs, you require on your site that the purchaser pays for shipping.
However, i did account for the fact I was buying from a small seller in China who maybe wasn't experienced with our consumer customs.
Here is a sample of the many emails regarding these shoes:
Unfortunately, not only is that pair a very large size 6, but it still sits with shipping box under my office desk supporting my feet as a foot rest. I even offered to pay the shipping costs to return the shoes, just to try to get some money back- but I think the guy spent most of the purchase price on shipping them here.
The guy's main idea to rectify the situation was for me to give them to a friend. Really?? If I wanted to buy shoe for a friend, I would have done that. He couldn't wrap his head around the idea that I only purchased the shoes because I thought they were my size, and that I was totally un-interested in paying for shoes that are marked size 6.
After that, I decided to purchase domestically only, I settled on a pair from e-bay which the seller claimed were only worn once. Right... But that's another story.