So against my better judgement I signed up for Afterpay. On the weekend I was able to get 20% off Realfight 9.5 Software with Interlink controller on eBay via Ultimate Hobbies in Parramatta. I was a little nervous about foregoing PayPal buyer protections, and I'm not a fan of having lots of credit accounts going but the saving was over $75. Ultimate Hobbies has excellent feedback on eBay, so I took a punt, and I may have lost.
Little did I know what would derail me was Australia Post delivery, or I should say mis-delivery. It was sent via Express Post, and the fail has certainly come quickly. The tracking shows the package delivered several suburbs away. When I created an enquiry on the AP website, I was shown an image of the parcel dropped at a "safe drop" location…on someone else's property. So yeah, they've definitely delivered to the wrong address.
What are people's experiences with misdelivered packages? Has anyone had one recovered by AP, or should I just assume it's gone? It's tough to swallow paying instalments for something I never got. Is a chargeback with Afterpay viable, or is that just going to stuff my credit? Any other options to pursue? Is it worth sending AP a follow-up message on FB Messenger?
Another big annoyance is that was the last copy of the product available from the store. I've contacted them already but haven't yet asked what happens if they don't hear from AP soon. They said it was their first package in many thousands…Not sure if that's a bad sign, but hoping their solid reputation plays in my favour.