I don’t know the individual personally, one David Pradana, and he is
choosing to pay via credit card. To add a bit of suspicion, he
originally failed to send me his bill-to address, although I have now
queried him for it.
From the sounds of it, I probably will not be sending this piece out.
I just had enough headaches with a piece that “disappeared” between
customs and delivery in Puerto Rico. My cash flow equation is slim
enough that I can ill afford to lose the cost of materials down a
rabbit hole. The Post Office scared me enough when they said that
"illegal" shipments (ie Jewelry) can be seized by the goverment and
are NOT returned to the sender! I see insurance problems there for
As a adjunct to the shipping issue in general, I have had 100%
results in having problems on each occasion (4 tries) that a shipment
is labeled “jewelry” by UPS, Fedex, and USPS, usually on a customs
label or form. But if I call my work “artwork” it gets through
without loss. My big worry is that the less specific label will get
me into insurance difficulties or customs irritations when a shipment
does go awry even though my “camoflage” efforts are not to thwart
legitimate organizations or departments. It is not even a
quibble…they are works of art,if I do say so myself!