First, housecleaning: I’m back from vacation and it was wonderful and it’s ridiculous, now that I look back on it, to have been so stressed about going to Disneyland. I mean, talk about First World problems…
I’m a little embarrassed, truthfully, by my last post, but it came out of who I am and while I’m taking inventory of myself that’s one thing that I have to remember to note.
So I’m back from vacation, back to the grind.
On the doorstep upon return was a new APBA Soccer set: 2011 MLS.
I was disappointed in the packaging, especially since (as you’ll notice) it was $9.62 to ship the darn thing.
In their February 25, 2012 newsletter, APBA announced changes to future Shipping & Handling charges.
Shipping and Handling Charges
Beginning March 1st, APBA is going to change how it charges for shipping. With the recent increases in postal rates and UPS increasing its fuel and residential delivery surcharges to a combined $4.50, APBA is forced to make changes. The new charges will be based on weight and delivery distance. APBA’s intent is not to make or lose money on shipping but recover the actual costs.
I was only charged $7.00 for S&H for this package, which I appreciate, but I expected better packaging even for that price. The company has been aware of its deficiencies with packaging at least since I spoke with John Herson in October, when he noted to me that packaging needed to be improved. At the time he specifically cited the Soccer game, stating that the packaging needed to be sturdier to survive the trip overseas.
In the picture below you can see the condition of the cards themselves upon arrival.
In this case, fortunately, the cards were not damaged in shipping. Even if they were, however, it probably wouldn’t have diminished my enjoyment of the set much, if at all. I am not a “collector,” per se; I play with the cards and I expect them to get fairly beaten up.
On the other hand, I do understand that many tabletop-sports hobbyists are collectors, and can be extremely particular about the condition of their cards. Some of them might have suffered a near cardiac arrest were their precious APBA cards to arrive in such tattered garb.
Tomorrow I’ll discuss my first project with this set – a tournament involving all 18 teams that I’m going to start tonight! Look forward to that and a newly designed oneforfive.com scoresheet to be used in the game and available for free download soon.