I and many others a few years ago were ripped off by a WW2 militaria dealer. We (some were as far away as Australia) all filed a complaint with the USPS and it went nowhere. The USPS appears reluctant to get involved unless it involves huge amounts of money. In fact they never responded to my own complaint. Unless you are located in the same state as the "dealer" and can take the dealer to small claims court the money is as good as gone. In my particular case the best we could do was get the dealer fined for operating a business without a license ($50.00 fine). Otherwise he kept the money.
My advice to anyone buying over the internet is check the person or business out before engaging in a transaction. Avoid using personal or bank checks or cash. Try using paypal as a means of payment. Paypal has fraud protection and other means of getting your money back. I am fortunate that since getting into CW reenacting I have always dealt with reputable dealers and individuals.
I want to complain about my draper, Ross Lamoreaux. His
custom hand sewn shirts are too handsome and well made.
They make my non-period Hart, Shaffner & Marx suits look
like rags by comparison. Like a good divorce lawyer, Lamoreaux
shirts are expensive but worth it.
Now, that's how you b-tch about a sutler.
Your check's in the mail....
Chalk this up to experience. If it happens again, guess whose to blame?
Forget the check, I would just blow it on cigars, black powder
and Yuengling. Send another shirt. A Lamoreaux shirt will take the Pepsi challenge with anything made by anybody. I am the envy of
all the park service Civil War volunteers at STRI. Even Landrum
and you know you can't tell a cajun anything.
By the way, I broke a button on the last shirt you sent and I
have not quite been able to find an identical replacement in my box of
odds and ends. The top one at the collar. Do you have an extra
Broke a button?
That's what you get for not sending it out to a competent laundress.....
Men, always think they know the womens sphere;)