I have a cautionary tale for you today and a moral.

I was looking to decorate a corner of my basement in a Godzilla theme about a month back. I got autographs from Haruo Nakajima who played Godzilla in the original and many subsequent movies as well as Tsutomu Kitagawa who played the Big G in Godzilla 2000.

As part of that redecoration I ordered a nice looking wall sticker from SmackMyTeeUp.com that featured a silhouette of the Tokyo skyline with everyone’s favorite lizard stomping through it. I was excited. It was going to look awesome.

It never came.

I did some digging after a month had gone by with no sticker. They said it was supposed to be there in a week or so. They sent me a tracking number that never ended up tracking anything. And in doing that digging I realized that the website was a fly by night operation that had already gotten in trouble and closed up shop under one name before opening SmackMyTeeUp. There are numerous complaints out there about them doing exactly what they did to me to other people as well.

I tried getting in touch with them but they didn’t answer emails. Go to their website now and it’s a parked GoDaddy domain. Obviously they were looking to hoover up as much money as they could from people before disappearing and starting over again at a new site.

I initiated a chargeback with my bank and the lady there sent them a few emails that they never answered. I got my money back through the chargeback, but it’s annoying to have to mess with that in the first place.

The moral of the story? Always check out the reviews on a retailer before you order from them. It’s not something I’ve had to think of since I usually order from older established sites with a record, but a simple search in this case would’ve revealed I never should’ve ordered from those assholes in the first place and I would’ve saved myself some time.

Always do your research online. Especially where money is concerned!