I just had the most unfortunate experience with the company in New
York called “Metalliferous.” They sent me one tiny spool of fine
silver wire in a single envelope and charged $6.95 for shipping. It
would probably cost 50 cents at the post office. So, this little bit
of fine silver wire is costing me one-fourth more than it should.
When I called the company, I was told that this is the way that all
backorders were processed, and I should have been asked when I
placed my order if I wanted it on backorder. But, no one did ask me.
I would never agree to such outrageousness! Since I spent $500 with
them on my original order, I would think there could be some
Also, I ordered some brass and copper sheet because I am learning
how to combine metals with sterling silver. Unfortunately, I ordered
each in quite a few different gauges. Many of these sheets came with
so many scratches, and some of them so deep, that hours of work will
be added to my jewelry pieces. When I mentioned this, the company
representative told me that they are base metals, so that should be
expected. I told him that I ordered them to make jewelry (as was
obvious by my order), and I doubted that Rio would send things in
such poor shape. He informed me that Rio would charge more. Well, it
would be worth it to save the hours of filing, polishing, etc. I
will have to do. He hung up on me!
Should I have known better than to order from, or deal with, this
company? I did place one small order with them in the past - for
thick-walled sterling silver tubing that I couldn’t find at Rio, but
I had no problems with them for that order.