5.01.2014

Coffee Talking... Let's talk coffee tables this morning

So, it's a stretch on my blog theme... but coffee talk, coffee products... coffee tables.  It kind of goes together, right?  And besides it's on my mind.


When we moved to this house the walls were recently painted a wheat-green-yellow ish kind of color.  A nice color.  It was also uniform throughout the entire house.  It also just so happened to match our current living room furniture, so we went with it.  Except we had to buy new coffee tables and side tables.   Considering we also had to purchase 4 mattresses, 4 beds, washer and dryer, refrigerator, formal dining room set... yada yada... a coffee table for the formal Living Room fell lower on my priority list when it came to finding the funds for everything.
Fast forward!  With some Christmas cash in my pocket I set off on a mission to venture out into the city and not return home until I had found a table that went with the living room.

And I did.  Photo above.  (You can actually buy this one from Amazon if you want by clicking the photo link - it's Norcastle by Ashley and is dark brown wood with iron scrolls and a glass top insert.)

And then my Christmas cash was gone and I had no funds to buy end tables or whatnot.

Life went on.  Then I decided I needed to make an end table priority because I bought 2 lamps for that room and they were sitting on the living room floor waiting for a home.  Looking online I found THIS option for a coffee table... apparently the same designer and series as the oval table I purchased except this one is rectangle and I love it SO MUCH MORE.  But alas, none of the furniture stores I visited when I was looking for 'my' table had this one!  I've only seen it online. 


Sad me, because I really like this one better.

But that is neither here nor there to my coffee table tale this morning.







So I tracked down the matching end tables to this particular series.   Hmm.  They are round.  They are not my style.  But it is what it is.  I went to 2 semi-local furniture stores and they did not have them in stock.  (They did have more of the oval coffee tables... just not the matching end tables).    No worries.  I went online and found them at Amazon.



I hesitated for 3 days because I really did not want to order this round end table.  But I really needed to find 2 tables to put my 2 really cool lamps on.

  Then I spied this guy.  A sofa table.  Hmmm.  Now THIS I could do.  Buy one (1) table, I could put a lamp on either end of it and although I still don't like oval (in preference to rectangle) it's a quick and easy solution!

So I ordered it on April 13th.  Bought and paid for immediately.

Happily I got a notice immediately from Amazon that it was shipped!

And on April 15th I got a notice from FedEx that it was shipped!

I waited and watched for the truck to bring me my loot.

No truck.

In the meantime I ordered 4 other items online from not only Amazon but another company.  All four of those orders shipped and made it here and yet... still no table.

I clicked through Amazon 'track this' and no tracking available.

I clicked through FedEx tracking and no tracking available.  How is this possible?

Well I read it a little more and it says;  "April 15th - received shipping information from seller"

Wait.

They received shipping "information"?  And it sat there for 2 weeks showing "in transit to FedEx from Seller".

Interesting.

Although I pride myself on being a somewhat patient person, I had to cave.  I contacted the seller through Amazon.  

I asked about the strange 'shipping information' sent to FedEx and yet... no table?  Where is my my table?  When might it appear in my driveway?  Oh please tell me kind sir!

(Ok, I didn't phrase it that way but you get it....)

He responds that day (yeah!) but his response:   "Thank you for your patience.  I am getting 100 of them on the 10th. I ship yours the day I get them."  

Really?

He doesn't even have them yet?
He WILL ship it on May 10th?

So WHY did he report to Amazon it was shipped April 13th.
And WHY did he report to FedEx it was shipped April 15th.

Oh, I get it.  To cover his butt and make him look good on paper... even though he DID NOT SHIP MY TABLE.

Mr. Liarpants.

So...  awaiting my table still.   Let's see if Mr. Liarpants really does ship it on May 10th or if he strings me along.

I'll let ya know.