Re: buying Queen??? what would you do?
The mistake was unrealistic expectations. In an ideal world the vendor would have the right number of packages and queens sitting on a shelf, ready to be dispensed exactly when the purchaser wants them. In the real world this is impossible. Breeders can seem uncommunicative because they have so many people wanting to talk to them there sometimes just is not enough hours in the day to do it. Poor service? Well maybe. But queens and bees sell for what the market will pay, and margins can be tight. A few days ago somebody called me and said she was thinking of buying bees but wanted to know if it was suitable, could she come over and look at a hive to see if she liked it. So I said yes, she came, I opened a hive with her, and then she just kept talking. For me, it was a working day. More than an hour after she arrived I had to be almost rude, walking her to her car and opening the door for her, to get her to leave. She didn't buy anything.
To expect the vendor to send you one package, on the exact day and not one day later, is expecting too much. When I have customers like this, I sometimes recommend they go elsewhere, can save me a lot of drama later.
Not that you are at fault, but you pushed your luck, and it didn't work out.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).