I had been struggling with a hive since early may. no queen, laying worker, declining work force. you name it. they built queen cells, queen hatched out, I saw her as a virgin., then she disappeared, I have been robing brood from my other hives and still no progress, I got rid on the laying worker, and figured I would just buy a queen for two reasons. one My two other hives were beginning to suffer from the constant robbing of brood and bees. and My lady and I were going on Vacation and would be gone for nearly two weeks, there would be no one to manipulate the hives. We were scheduled to leave the 15th AM. On the 8th I ordered the bees online from a grower in New York. The grower advertised the next shipping date to be the 10th. and the 12th. When I ordered I specifically stated that if the queen could not be shipped on 6/10/2013 then to cancel the order. I also stated that I needed the package to be marked for the postmaster to call me upon arrival and provided my cell phone number. The post man leaves the P.O. at 7:00 am and does not deliver to me until 5:00 PM or later and I did not want the queen in a hot truck all day. I also stated I would call the seller on 6/10/2012 to confirm the order and shipment.
I called on 6/10/13 at 7:00 8;00 9;00 10:00 AM. and left a message with my phone number. The seller never returned my call. I emailed the seller on 6/10 and never received a return email.
so on 6/12 I had a queen sent overnight from Georgia. introduced her and by Friday AM she had been released. so we headed for the airport.
Today I got an email from my girlfriends mother saying the dogs, horses, and other critters were all doing well. Oh and you have a package, it is on the table.
To make a long story short. after investigation, it contained the queen I ordered. it was shipped on 6/13 and arrived who knows when after we left. Mom found it today in the mail box. I am sure the queen is dead by now. and my credit card company says I was charged for it.
Any ideas on how to handle this? beside not ordering anything from this guy again.