I spent a good portion of the weekend negotiating a miniatures trade involving my new on sprue Tyranid army, new on sprue Tau Riptide, new Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Game for a used/built/primed Hordes/Warmachine lot that includes the Gatorman Sacral Vault, Croak Raiders, Retribution figures, Khador figures and Trollblood figures. I was pretty excited about the trade because I'm really getting into Warmachine/Hordes, and with the job situation, can't afford to buy the miniatures. We both shipped U.S. Priority Mail on Monday.
My trading partner got his package in good shape yesterday, and I excitedly went to the mail room of my complex to get my box after work. I picked up the box and could hear lots of parts shifting around. Not a good sign.
I opened the box and to my dismay, many of the miniatures were broken. Some were broken beyond repair...
We went back and forth with e-mails, and he feels really bad about the situation and is willing to help me in any way possible. I spent well into the wee hours this morning completing a damaged mail claim on the USPS website. I'm absolutely exhausted this morning.
We'll see how the process goes... I need some sleep.
Update: It continues Here.