“The Twilight Zone” (an Amazon.com company).

An email from a eBay vendor.

Dear #########,

Hi John,

Thanks so much for ordering your Seal-All 380112 Contact Adhesive and Sealant - 2 fl oz from us! We're reaching out to ensure that 
everything arrived on time and you're happy with your purchase. 🙂

If any part of your purchase was not up to snuff, please send us a message on 
eBay and let us know what's going on so we can do our best to 

My reply.

This is going to be a trifle long but bare with me.  First, know that I originally was going to order this from Amazon.com.  (I pretty much only get stuff from Amazon when I need to use ‘points’ that I get on a credit card I still have)

I made out the order; this item and two others to get it all over $25 and get free shipping.   Now when you place this kind of order with Amazon, they always try to slip the more expensive (2 day) shipping option over by making that choice come up by default.  So I always make the edit and select the free shipping for over $25 option.  Except that Amazon got even trickier by putting the “Free shipping…..with 30 day trial of Prime” where the over $25 free shipping button should be.

I didn’t get it until I got an email ‘congratulating me’ on joining Prime.  Then I figured it out and canceled the whole order and attempted to cancel Prime.

Here’s where you come in.  I took the one item (the adhesive) that I needed and ordered it on eBay from you.   Also with free shipping and the earliest delivery on Thursday.

It took two exchanges with Gunda Din in India to finally get them to understand that I refused the ‘free’ 30 day trial of Prime and to deactivate it immediately.

End of story?  No.   On Tuesday I received a Amazon box with the one item I had canceled inside.  Also inside was a card from Amazon indicating this was a gift.  I thought that this was a customer service freebie from Amazon until I received an email from eBay on Tuesday letting me know that my order had been delivered.  It’s Thursday evening now and I haven’t received any more packages, so I didn’t get two of these.

There is no indication on my Amazon account that anything was shipped.  The delivery notification (from eBay) was (to all indications) triggered by the Amazon box in the mailbox.

I would love to hear your thoughts or explanation of this mystery.   I’m having another drink.

????? (To be continued?)

Update: Mystery solved.

Hi! I know this can be confusing. We sell our items on eBay, but we use 
Amazon Fulfillment for shipping and packaging purposes.It’s one of the 
quickest and most reliable forms of shipment that helps us ensure you 
receive the item safely and quickly. So it sometimes looks like the item 
came from Amazon, but that’s actually us! 🙂 Hope this helps!

About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. New girlfriend at sixty-five. Was a Tea Party supporter. Today a follower of the Last American President to be honestly elected, Donald J. Trump.
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