The question is, am I being petty?
A brief history.
In early April, I ordered ten marked queens from a breeder I have never ordered from before. The lady told me it would be late May before they could get them to me. I then received a conformation letter informing me that I should expect the queens to be mailed on May 23rd. Great. So I wait.
May 26 comes, I receive a package from the breeder. I open the package and to my disappointment, only nine of the ten cages contain live queen bees. The tenth cage contained one dead queen bee with three of the six attendants dead as well.
Okay, then. These things happen.
So. I then call the breeder and told her the condition of the package. She puts me on hold for a moment and then proceeds to tell me that I should fill out a form with the post office to claim my $15.25. ($14 for the queen, and $1.25 for the marking)
This I found odd. In my fifteen years as a beekeeper, I have ordered numerous queens from several different breeders. And each time I ordered a certain number of queens (keep in mind, I never order less than ten), the package always contained one or two extra queens. My guess is for this very situation. No?
So I was surprised that the breeder didnÂ’t wish to accommodate me with an immediate shipment of one queen bee.
Okay, then. Whatever.
Since I had desired ten queen bees, I told the breeder that I wish to order another queen to fulfill my ten queen allotment. I then realized that I may wish to order two queens lest one of them arrives dead, and if they both arrived alive and pipingÂ… then great, I can always find a home for her.
The breeder then tells me that it would be $34.50 ($16 for each queen and $1.25 each for the marking.).
Now, the rate this breeder charges for queens on orders numbering more than ten is $14 per. The rate for orders numbering less than ten is $16.
The $34.50 she quoted me was for two marked queens, $16 each for the queen and $1.25 each for the marking. I politely suggested to her that I should be charged the rate for queens on orders numbering ten or more, since my original order had not been satisfied. ($14 for the queen, and $1.25 for the marking)
One week later, I received a package from the breeder containing two cages with live queens with attendance. Hooray!! But much to my annoyance, the credit card receipt displays the charge of $34.50 ($16 for each queen and $1.25 each for the marking.).
Not what we had agreed upon.
Okay, hereÂ’s the rubÂ…
This $4 discrepancy, on itÂ’s face, does seem like a petty situation to be complaining about. Especially since the second shipment contained live queen bees. However,
If one were to look beyond the surface, one would discover a substantial financial increase.
Had I received that tenth queen bee alive and piping, no future transaction would have been necessary. So here we have an additional order for two queen bees, one to fulfill the intentional order and one for fear of experiencing receiving another dead queen. Charged at an increased rate not agreed upon; add an ADDITIONAL shipping charge that wouldnÂ’t have been necessary in the first placeÂ… and the total amount comes toÂ…
Now thatÂ’s one expensive queen.
She better be good.