You can tell a lot about a person’s moral character…

You can tell a lot about a person’s moral character by the way they respond to issues in life. In late June, I bought a little bag of “Chinese Coins” from a shop on Etsy. They were very inexpensive… only $1.50 plus $1.50 shipping, but they were exactly what I was looking for as an embellishment on my newest quilt “Over the Celtic Rainbow.” I paid using PayPal, and waited for them to arrive. A week or so later, I got a small, plain envelope in the mail… you know the kind you use to pay bills with? It was placed in a plastic bag by the postal service, it had been ripped open and was seriously damaged. No contents inside, of course. No note, just the envelope. I didn’t know who it was from, so I dropped the little envelope into a larger envelope and put a note with it. I returned the damaged envelope to the sender.

Another week went by, and it occurred to me that maybe the envelope had held my purchased coins! So I contacted the seller on Etsy and asked. Yes, it was her/him. Here’s the response I received:

“Yes I am in florida and the envelope was taped up. I go to the post office so, it wasn’t mailed from my house. Oh sweetie I am so sorry about this. What would you like to do?”

That response was followed by this one:

“Sorry I thought I got back with you I mailed them out July 3rd. I have looked thru my stuff and those were my last set of those. If you don’t get them tommorow which has already been plenty of time. I will refund the money unless you see something else you want for the same price in my store and I can send those out instead. Just let me know.”

Of course, I didn’t receive the coins, and asked for a reimbursement. It never arrived. So, following Etsy protocol, my feedback for the seller was negative.

Then I received this:

“I am sorry that this happened. I already mailed you the money back and put in a couple of item for your trouble. Went out in a nice secure envelope. I don’t think I deserve negative feedback. What else do I need to do to make you happy????”

So, I responded that all I needed was the refund via PayPal and I’d be a happy camper. The reply?

“I offered a refund but, you decided to ruin my feedback with the negative.”

So, apparently the comment “I already mailed you the money back and put in a couple of item for your trouble” was a line of crap. She didn’t just offer, she said she SENT the refund!

At this point in time, the issue ISN’T about the money. It’s about the principle of the thing! And it clearly shows the character of a person who would lie and deceive someone else, all for $3.00.

Keep the money. It will make you feel as if you have won a huge battle. Actually, it’s not a battle you have won. It’s a battle Satan has won at your expense. I’ll more than triple that amount and make a donation to my local church to help further the kingdom of God. And I will also be in prayer for you. It seems as if there is much more work to be done in the name of Jesus.

Happy to be His servant.

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One thought on “You can tell a lot about a person’s moral character…

  1. Hi Caron,Sorry to hear about your bad etsy experience. Reading through your post reminded me to a similar situation that happened to me when I purchased I set of silver candelabra on ebay for which I paid an arm and a leg but never received the items. It’s a mixed bag – sometimes, you meet really nice seller; sometimes you meet the not so nice ones.You were justified in leaving the negative feedback.


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