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Flat Eric Doll

Sometimes you find things on Ebay that really get you fired up. A great find. You win the auction. Things are a little wishy when they start requesting more shipping (from the UK to the US) and then what you've been anticipating, arrives. And the gap between reality and bidding seems pretty far apart.

We've been fans of Flat Eric, the doll puppet from the Levis ads from around 2000. We found this puppet in near mint condition on Ebay from a UK seller (The Seller in Question is "chris n jane" and their email is: janewhitehurst@ntlworld.com ). Seems that Flat Eric was big in the UK and there's lots of swag still floating around. So we went for it. The picture above was what was portrayed.... and I quote from the auction:
FLAT ERIC VIVID IMAGINATIONS YOU ARE BIDDING ON A LARGE FLAT ERIC BOXED SOFT TOY HE HAS NEVER BEEN USED OR OUT THE BOX SO I WOULD CLASS IT AS NEW THERE ARE SIGNS OF WEAR ON THE BOX BUT THERE IS NOTHING BAD, AS IT HAS JUST BEEN IN MY CUPBOARD...
Fantastic! So. We finally get our prize in the mail. You'd think, with a mint collectible, that you'd box up the item and ship it. No, not this person. They wrapped some paper, saran wrap and taped the hell out of it and shipped it off via International Post. It's kind of like buying a rare stamp and having the person lick and stick it to the envelope to ship it to you.

Needless to say, it's a FAIL. It's safe to assume that this seller got less than stellar feedback. Next time use a freaking box if you're going to ding someone for extra shipping. And if you're advertising it as "New", take the time to remove the blonde hair that's covering it and air it out a bit. Smelled like it was doused in cheap perfume.

Here's how it arrived:

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 05/12 - MadCow 
   

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