I’m a little obsessed with eBay (those darn China sellers and their free postage!!!) but since losing one income some time last year, I’ve managed to curb this addiction and not order cute and unnecessary stuff. I was in eBay rehab for close to 12 months and I was doing pretty well holding on to my hard-earned money.
Until the day before Typhoon Glenda hit Metro Manila. I was done with my work deliverables and I was feeling restless. I had money sitting in my Paypal that was too small to cash out.
What did I do? Hit up eBay.
The Starfish Hair Clips were too cute to pass up and at less than PHP50 each, I immediately ordered two (big spender, I know). I mean, LOOK AT HOW PRETTY THEY ARE:
LITTLE MERMAID VIBES, AMIRITE?
Today, I went to the post office to pick up seven parcels which I tore open as soon as I got to the office. I was most excited for the iPhone tripod (which turned out to be a regular tripod but that’s another blog entry for another day LOL MY LIFE) and these hair clips.
They came individually wrapped and I immediately noticed that one of the clips had a leg that was starting to tear off. That’s okay, that’s why I ordered two. I took the broken one out of its little plastic baggy to see if I could glue the leg back on. I noticed it was strangely soft.
IT ALSO SMELLED TERRIBLE.
LIKE A DISCARDED USED UP SANITARY PAD.
Or as my co-worker said: parang bagoong.
I checked the other clip and saw that it, too, was broken. I gingerly pushed the broken leg to inspect and found it odd that there was something inside. Aren’t these things supposed to be made with, IDK, resin? It sure looked that way in the photos!
So I went to the original listing to read the description. Nothing odd.
Searched eBay for other listings. Maybe I can order four more and have at least one clip arrive in perfect condition, right? EXCEPT……………………
What in god’s name… Material: Starfish.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME LOL.
Those poor starfish.
If anyone can direct me to a non-China seller where I can order MAN-MADE/SYNTHETIC STARFISH HAIR CLIPS, that would be great.
First two images not mine.