The One Where Lauren Didn’t Get Scammed.

January 20, 2020


Oh, those darned robot overlords. The Facebook algorithms know just what ads to dangle in front of me so I’ll click. Last fall I kept clicking on an ad for a steel tongue drum. Its meditative tones were so lovely and rhythmic…. plus, if I ordered soon, it was half off! I waited several days before I ordered, but boy, howdy – did I order!

……. and then I waited for confirmation of my order. It took longer than a week, and then another week to say that it was going to be shipped, then much, much longer than a couple of weeks to actually ship. In the meantime, I Googled the ‘company’ and read all the terrible reviews about how people never received their goods. Stupid Lauren – I’m supposed to be more savvy than that!

After I went around admitting to people that I had been suckered, I finally got wind that my package was making its way across the ocean from China. For many, many days I tracked that package, learning its tracking number by heart: LS194396475CN. I’ll be whispering that number on my deathbed.

Anyway, it finally arrived! It looked exactly like a package that had been ordered before Thanksgiving and arrived long after New Year’s should look: battered and smashed.

Fortunately, the actual drum is made of very thick, heavy metal that could withstand the neglect. It’s not as lovely-sounding as the videos made it seem (again, I’m a sucker), but it is safely in my hands. I’ll take it as a win.

About Lauren

Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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2 Responses to “The One Where Lauren Didn’t Get Scammed.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Congratulations on your success!

    It looks like Big Hero 6


  2. Deborah Said on:

    Ha! Whispering that number on your deathbed. Ha!


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