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.
It's SO SAD that some people can do this to others - take money from others and not follow through with the other half of the deal. It's even worse because seller wanted to sell his items so that his own financial crisis could be averted. He couldn't care less if someone with limited resources were paying.... As far as he is concerned, his problem was solved so the life was good. I don't know what to think here.
I'm just glad this kind of things are rare on this forum and most transactions are honest kind. It happened to me once, too.