Not at all, its just easier to track down miscreants here in the states. I have had one other deal with a Canadian, took several monthe before he got off his duff and mailed a camera to me. At least he stayed in contact. Now you know the why of my reluctance.
I would say anything over a month would raise a red flag. I generally allow for about three weeks for a parcel to get to me from the states, so I would imagine it would be about the same going the other way. The time to worry is when the seller stops responding - as has happened with you.
I hope it all turns out ok in the end.
Thank you everyone for your concern and good wishes. I think I just needed to vent in public about this fellow. I was a starving college student once upon a time, tho I never did rip anyone off, I worked and attended classes. God bless all, and thank you again, especially those who sent PM's and offered special help(and a little private eye work), it is much appreciated.
I've ordered a couple of things from Canadian sellers on ebay and both took about 6 weeks to get to Ireland. I'd consider that about the limit of my patience for waiting for the postman. I know Canadian customs are a bit Nazi-like, so that may be some explanation.
I'd rather have a mountie deliver it though! I'd probably steal his horse and his uniform, heh heh.
Isn't there a suitable escrow service people could use if they buy and sell through the forums here? That's what happened with the last present I bought for my nephew. The money gets released to the seller when you get your goods.
Sometimes you have to learn the hard way and next time insist on a tracking number or insurance. (Something I should have done with my last camera purchase, because the lens was so damn heavy and broke the 100 year-old dry, cracked lensboard).
I used PP and they are "looking into" the transaction. The bloke refuses to respond to PM's from here or his personal email. I left a message on his blog site, he then removed the comments portion of his site so noone could see he was a scoundrel.