Worst present

I sent a big package as a gift to my brother 2 weeks ago for his upcoming birthday (the Nokia N80 cellphone, bluetooth headset, Bluetooth for the car, USB DVB card, 20GB PMP, VoIP phone) and he still hasn’t receive it. I sent another package the same day to Germany and that package arrived there last Monday already. I am worried that the package to Greece is either stuck in customs, or a Greek employee has snatched it (I was forced by the US law to write down what’s inside the package — I had things stolen from me in a Greek airport by its employees in 1998 too so my trust level is low).

Today is my birthday (I am now 34), and I am in a constant mode of worrying, especially because I didn’t get any insurance when I sent the package (stupid, I know).

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Luis wrote on May 24th, 2007 at 11:27 AM PST:

Happy birthday !

I’m also Gemini, just one year younger :)

I’m sure the package will arrive. I don’t think that stealing packages by airport employees is a common practice in the EU. It’s just that sometimes it takes time (I recently had to wait almost 4 weeks for a package from Norway!).


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Eugenia wrote on May 24th, 2007 at 11:29 AM PST:

Thanks. :)
It is weird that my brother and I have our birthdays a few days apart, his bride one day before me, and my father in law exactly the same day as myself. And my father’s name day was just 3 days ago (name days are more important than birthdays in Greece). The last few days of May is one big celebration for me…

>I’m sure the package will arrive

Crossing fingers! :)


Edwin wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 2:33 AM PST:

Happy belated birthday… And if it is of any consolation, my gf’s parents sent her 2 packages over 2 months ago that finally arrived here last week. This is from the USA to the Netherlands. No clue why it took so long, hasn’t happened before but I guess sometimes it does :(


Mark Papadakis wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 5:07 AM PST:

Happy Birthday Eugenia, may each day bring more excitement than the one before it.

I can’t remember how many times things were lost during transit (from anywhere to Greece). A couple of other times, the post office personnel simply forgot to deliver them, so I had to ask them to look for them in case they misplaced them. Chances are your brother will never get to receive this gift.


Sugar wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 6:42 AM PST:

What a coincidence…

I sent a package almost a full month and a half ago from Greece to US, a faulty memory DIMM to the company I purchased it from to check and replace, and the package still hasn’t arrived in US. I don’t think it’ll ever arrive. And I’m left here with one working DIMM and a grudge.

I sent it too without any kind of insurance through the greek post.

And I don’t mean to scare you, but “missing” packages with mobile phones are an everyday matter in greek post office. Noone sends packages with valuables through the post, especially mobile phones. I’ve known two stolen packages cases myself.

I cross my fingers for your present to get through though. All the luck. :)


Vassilis 'vasper' Perantzakis wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 8:01 AM PST:

Happy Birthday :-) (a little late). I am 2 days older than you!!!


Shelley wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 9:35 AM PST:

Hey, happy birthday to you! (Though a day late)

Sorry about the package. I just hope it’s a delay. But you just can’t trust postal workers anywhere in the world these days (speaking from experience) :-(


Moulinneuf wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 12:23 PM PST:

Happy birthday !


Phil wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 12:30 PM PST:

Happy birthday, you’ll need a big cake to hold 34 candles. ;)

I have bought quite a lot from the US (live in the UK) and you can never be exactly certain how long the postal system can take …


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Eugenia wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 12:34 PM PST:

>Happy birthday, you’ll need a big cake to hold 34 candles.

Thanks guys! JBQ is on a diet, so no cakes today… but we will have sushi and a donut for me. I am really not a very demanding woman in my personal life (but I can be a pain in the ass when it comes to product reviewing)… :)


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Eugenia wrote on May 26th, 2007 at 8:37 AM PST:

I didn’t write down the IMEI. :(


chris wrote on May 26th, 2007 at 8:07 AM PST:

Happy Birthday…

Sorry about your package..
You know how ********* are the employees of the Greek postal..

I would advice you, to report the IMEI of the phone to every Greek GSM provider.


chris wrote on May 27th, 2007 at 11:00 AM PST:

Just look at the purchase invoices, the IME/serial nr. may be written there!


Alex Forster wrote on May 31st, 2007 at 9:50 AM PST:

Oh, happy birthday!


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