Shipping from India: did I get robbed?

#1 Feb 14th, 2012, 01:29
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Hi all. Just returned from a lovely trip to India 3 weeks ago. 4 of us traveling together had attended a wedding in Goa and decided to do a bit of traveling afterwards. In Fort Cochin, weighed down with suits and saris, we decided to ship our wedding clothes home to the USA. We asked our homestay owner for advice (Walton's Homestay on Pricess Street) and Walton advised us on where to find boxes and tape and a tailor to package it all up for us.

We bought 3 boxes and a roll of tape and packed everything up, wrapping the cardboard boxes over and over with packing tape, then headed off to the tailor to have cloth covers made. We left our boxes with the husband/wife tailor for an hour while we grabbed lunch, then came back to pick up our newly stitched and wax-sealed boxes to lug to the post office. Mailing went without a hitch and our boxes have just arrived. The cloth, stitching and wax seals were totally intact but the cardboard boxes themselves were in pretty rough shape-- as if they had been crushed.

One box had a tear in the cardboard and we are missing a sari and a pair of women's high heels: we can't imagine that anything was taken en route since the cloth was totally intact-- could it be that the tailor opened one of our boxes and stole some items from within? Has this happened before to anyone, or is it common-- and if so-- what we might do about it? The sari was a loan from a friend in the USA so I'm quite beside myself as you might imagine...

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? THANK YOU!!!
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Seems as if the tailor didn't put all the pieces in the package. Not much you can do about it without going back to wherever you had it packed.
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it is quite likely the tailor took advantage of your absence. the question is - why did you trust a stranger in the first place? perhaps because he was recommended by person where you stayed. in that case, i would call up that person & just inform him what happened - just requesting him not to refer other tourists to that tailor in future. if he was part of the scam, he would just laugh it off, if not, at least he'll give him some trashing in the right language...
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Originally Posted by ashped View Post ..., wrapping the cardboard boxes over and over with packing tape, ... We left our boxes with the husband/wife tailor ... The cloth, stitching and wax seals were totally intact but the cardboard boxes themselves were in pretty rough shape-- as if they had been crushed.

One box had a tear in the cardboard and we are missing a sari and a pair of women's high heels: we can't imagine that anything was taken en route since the cloth was totally intact-- could it be that the tailor opened one of our boxes and stole some items from within? Has this happened before to anyone, or is it common...
Yes, that was a case of theft! Could I suggest you to contact the HomeStay managers and complain to them regarding the tailor-couples, and ask them to help you out in retrieving the things.
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Originally Posted by wonderwomanusa View Post Seems as if the tailor didn't put all the pieces in the package. Not much you can do about it without going back to wherever you had it packed.
No that was not the case as the packets were sealed by the OP! If the boxes were perfectly packed by the OP then it was a case of pilferage.
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Originally Posted by paramiyer View Post ... the question is - why did you trust a stranger in the first place? ... if he was part of the scam, he would just laugh it off, if not, at least he'll give him some trashing in the right language...
In stead of blaming OP, we should be alert of such helping people, I believe!

I don't think, the homestay people were part of this scam!!

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