You remember that t-shirt I told you guys I bought a while ago? I think it was on Boxing Day actually. Well anyway, that shirt turned up yesterday. Does this mean I'm now the proud owner of that shirt? Apparently it does not, thanks to the magic of UPS. They have my package, valued at a grand total of $25 dollars (remember I paid $40 for it though because of shipping) and are holding it until I produce £21 for them in VAT and taxes. That is $33.80. Overall I will have paid over twice the value of this shirt just to own this shirt.
This was mostly due to an oversight on my part. The shirts are sold with tax excluded, which I guess isn't a big deal if you're shipping to America, but becomes one if you're shipping to the UK. While I have bought shirts, and even other clothes from Hong Kong and I've never run in to anything like this, I guess it means that they people I bought from took care of everything, and in this case the sellers did not. It doesn't really make the matter any less distressing or annoying however. I can't believe I was actually almost reduced to tears over it.
I'm going to have to ask my dad to pay for it when it comes tomorrow, which sure won't be fun. To him it's not so much, but to me it's still a big deal to ask him to do it. I'll pay him back, sure, so he'll be better about it.
Assuming I get the shirt, ever, I'll have to post a picture of it after all this.
If I have to pay extra duty for my plushie I WILL just kill the UPS man and take it from his cold dead hands.
In the end though my dad did agreed to pay the UPS man. When he saw what a good job I had done cleaning (more on that in the podcast tomorrow) he offered to buy me another game so I asked him for something I actually wanted. It wasn't even awkward to bring up because he brought it up, yay. It's confusing however because We Love Fine have two shipping options, UPS, and another one that costs 50 dollars less (that's right, sixty dollars for shipping O_O) so I would have picked that one, which confuses me as to why UPS brought my shirt. It seems this fee is a pretty normal thing, I'm lead to believe, which makes me much less hesitant to buy a shirt from there, but I'll probably end up doing it eventually. I'm just not really the kind of person to spend £40 on a t-shirt, no matter how much I want it. So everything has been worked out and everything will be paid for.
Another update because the UPS man came just that early. I do in fact have the shirt, I'm even wearing it now, but pictures will have to wait for now. Despite everything I do love the shirt and it's pretty good quality (except for a mass of brown hair on the back O_o I'm not ruling out the possibility of that being mine somehow though) so yes, despite everything, I probably would buy another shirt from them.
Just, when I have the money to pay taxes, as well as for the shirt. So I guess either when I have more personal money, mayhap through releasing a book, or when I feel like I really deserve something, which again will probably only come about when I release a book.