View single post by Darryl Hudson
 Posted: Tue Apr 24th, 2012 09:26 pm
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Darryl Hudson

Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: Aiken, South Carolina USA

Sorry to hear about the base. That's part of dealing with ebay sellers. A better way to acquire fans is at regional fan meets or from other AFCA members. The average antique dealer just does not know how to pack a fan, especially an Emerson since most of them can't figure out how to get the blade off.

As for your broken base. If you have the broken pieces and it broke off clean, it can be repaired fairly easily. If you are missing chuncks, it still might can be saved, only will require a little more time/effort to do so. So you have two options: repair or replace. Either can work, but not likely overnight. Sometimes it takes a little while to find a replacement base that's in same condition as the rest of your fan, but I assure you, one will come along. Or you might find one a little quicker that would have to be refinished. Same for the repair....there's several handy repairmen in the AFCA that can fix that base, and you'll never know it was broken. I could repair it for you, but I can't just drop what I'm doing and put it ahead of other work that's been here a while. I think you'll find that any body who is good at what they do will have a longer wait time, and you'll want to get this done right, so be patient, and don't make any decisions today. Talk to a few folks, preferably those who have been around for a while. Meantime, chalk it up as a lesson learned, although I know you can't pack the sellers fan for them, but try not to be upset about it. We can fix it. I would take photos of the broken base and the pieces and email to the seller and request a partial refund. Not sure how the seller may or may not want to work with you on this, but you can always contact the carrier (UPS, Fed Ex, who ever handled it) and see if they will help, and thirdly, contact ebay if the seller will not compensate. It is a pain in the butt for sure, but don't let it get you down. We'll get you back up and running again.