I have purchased TWO decants recently that came to me with no labels whatsoever.
Now I don’t mind if someone sends me a decant without a label if they’re doing me a favor. If it’s even a split, I can hack it; hey, I’m getting juice for cost, it’s OK.
But when I have shelled out actual cash in a transaction on eBay, I expect the person doing the selling to treat me like a customer, not a pal. I don’t mind being an informal customer; but even an informal customer deserves to receive a bottle with a freaking label on it. When you receive a bunch of decants and samples often, an unlabeled bottle is the road to insanity: you can very quickly forget where it came from once it’s separated from its envelope, and God help you if you can’t identify it by smell.
(When I make decants to carry around for myself, I always tell myself that I can identify them by smell, it’s OK if I don’t label them. And 9 times out of 10, I can, because it’s a scent that I’m wearing often enough to want a purse bottle of it, which is why I’m decanting it, and I have learned the scent. Sometimes I come across bottles from years ago that I can no longer identify, though, and that is hell.
But these are things I don’t have and have never worn. Therefore, I cannot identify them by smell. And am quite capable of mixing up what is what based on just the scent.
Also, never use roll-ons. They evaporate.)
But I digress. Back to the cranky:
PUT LABELS ON, PEOPLES WHO SELL ON EBAY.
If I have paid you an egregious price per milliliter for some precious juice (or even some not-particularly-precious juice), and you are going to take the trouble to pack it up and send it to me, then by all that is holy stick some sort of a label on it – even scotch tape with some ballpoint pen on it will do, I don’t need anything fancy. If I have to look in my purchase history and try to guess which transaction this return address matches up to, I will be irritated.
I don’t have any high moral road to stand on – I’ve sent people unlabeled samples and decants. I even have two small decants in my box that I canNOT identify but that I know that I made. (Eventually I feel I will be able to identify them, even if only by the color of the juice – one of them’s pink.) But I feel guilty as hell when I don’t label something, and usually at least manage to stick a file folder label with my crap handwriting on the thing – or at least sharpie on the baggie that it’s in! Something. Throw me a crumb.
OK, I’m done now.
Image is ontem – yesterday, by Lau Sew, via Flickr; used under Creative Commons license, some rights reserved.