Hello everyone - just want some input from the community on whether or not you think this issue deserves a "trade with caution" warning and/or bad trade feedback for the person involved. I've withheld the username so as to not unnecessarily give the person a bad rap in the trading community. Background - I won a fantasy football BIF where at the beginning of the year we all said what 3 bottles we were putting up with winners getting to draft the bottles they wanted after the season was over. Here's the gist of what happened at the end of the season: - This BA contacted me after the bottle draft and offered to ship his 3 bottles soon thereafter, including offering up a replacement bottle for one he'd originally offered up that he accidentally already drank and thus was no longer available to send... kind of a bummer, but the replacement bottle was great, so all good so far. - Box arrives a few days later but only 2 of the 3 bottles were in it. The box and all contents inside are in perfect condition - no indication whatsoever that it had been damaged/repacked/etc... - I messaged him to let him know that only 2 bottles arrived, assuming that he just made a simple mistake and forgot to include the missing bottle (coincidentally the one bottle form the entire BIF I was most looking forward to). - He replies and insists that he is 100% sure that he sent all 3 bottles, so I asked him what the box he used looked like, thinking this would clue us in if one bottle had broken in transit and the others repacked by FedEx in a new/different box. - He says it was a (white) USPS Priority Mail box. Problem is, the box I got (as you can see from the photos) was a plain brown unmarked cardboard box. - I send him the photos and he changes the story and says "nope that is the exact box I sent" - so at this point I'm confused because before seeing the photos he'd said it was a white USPS Priority Mail box... when I ask him about this he says "oh no I made a mistake and the USPS box was one I sent to someone else that same day..." - seems reasonable enough, except for the bit of doubt already creeping into my mind due to the Elderberry already having to be swapped out. - Regardless of this he insists that he sent all 3 and since there was no sign of any damage/leakage his is not liable for any replacement, etc... I sent more photos of everything, and even weighed the two bottles (3.1 and 3.4lbs respectively) + box + packaging materials which came out to about 7.6lbs. The shipping label says the package was 9.8lbs... another head scratcher because if there actually was another 750ml bottle in there it should have weighed well over 10.5lbs. Now I'm REALLY confused. I'm not simply making all of this up to try and squeeze an extra bottle out of someone, and I have no real reason to assume anything malicious was going on from his end, but there are 3 aspects of this that make me question things: 1) Accidentally drinking a bottle you've offered up as entry to a BIF - OK mistakes happen, but that is generally a no-no. 2) The white USPS priority mail box suddenly turning into a plain brown cardboard box once he saw the photos. Again - a seemingly reasonable explanation on this mixup was offered, but still a bit odd. 3) He mentioned that from a photo I sent he can see that I cut through the shipping label to open the box, proving that I'm the first one to open it - the issue here is that the seam/opening of the box is along the SIDE (see photos here) due to the flaps being full width and not just meeting in the middle like on most other boxes - something he would likely know/remember if that is indeed the box he used. The shipping label was torn because I just assumed this box was like most others and began cutting down the middle to open it... hopefully this makes sense when you see the photos. Anyway - not sure how to resolve this - other friends I've spoken to say the onus is on the shipper, but he is insistent that he sent all 3, regardless of the fact that I only received two... Apologies if this is a bit mundane/boring for everyone but I'm just not sure how to handle this or if anything can even be done at this point. I don't want to say the guy is a bad trader or give bad trade feedback unnecessarily, but the fact is that I didn't get what I was supposed to get and he has done nothing to rectify the situation. If anyone might find it useful you can check out a PDF of our convo (w/user info hidden) here. thoughts?