Unfortunately for some, this year hasn't always brought GAS fulfillment, primo gig events, or thrilling NBD purchases, to name just a few. So to honor a recent TB thread regarding the best bass "thing" of this year, I offer its antipode. As for me, one was a not-so-well-thought-out sale of a Schecter Diamond J5 I posted on Reverb a while back. It was already priced to sell as it was (with shipping included), and one Saturday morning I woke up to my iPhone chiming a notification that it had been sold. Eagerly I perused the Reverb app for more info, only to find that the buyer was from another country. Australia. Despite the ever-growing pit in my mid-section, I went to the UPS site for a shipping quote. $800. Now it was full-blown panic, as I considered cancelling the sale but since I had already been paid for it, I felt I was on the hook for the whole thing. Fortunately I was able to purchase USPS postage via PayPal for just over 1/8th the cost of the UPS quote, and though the box was half a foot too long I was still permitted to print a postage label. So off I went that very morning to the local PO, box in hand, eager to ship the bass out when the window clerk there gave me a hard time because of the excessive package size for customs. Regardless, he did accept it but made no promises it would progress unhindered to Down Under. Imagine my anxiety as throughout the next ten days I checked USPS and Australia Post tracking at every possible delivery hub, that perhaps I might divine for myself a snag in the shipment...yet none was forthcoming. It was delivered to the seller ten days later in excellent condition and I got a positive review on Reverb, the buyer noting that he was "very happy". This near-disaster of a transaction has caused me to permanently reserve a part of my brain exclusively for the use of the phrase "Memo To Self: No International Shipping!" Another is this: I am missing my Levy's leather strap and if it doesn't turn up I will have to pay threefold the price I paid for the original in order to replace it. What say ye, TBers?