I recently purchased a DW Exotic bop kit (used) from a small, but well-established online based drum business.
I live in Canada, so i shipped them to my mailbox in the States across the border and brought them into my homeland.
As soon as I saw the drums, I did not like it. (Finish, condition, sound, how it's functioning....etc)
I decided to send them back to seller since he offered 30 days returns.
The kit was originally shipped in three boxes for individual drums (12, 14, 18)
I did not want to use three boxes especially from Canada, which will be a lot expensive and tricky when crossing the border.
I packed the drums again using the boxes he used to ship the kit.
I tried to "nest" 12" into 18", to use one box for two drums. And also this is a method I learned from an older threads regarding shipping the drum kit.
I used some thinner cardboard to shield the inside of the kick, re-used packing wraps to make cushions for each sides of head. I put 12" inside and it wasn't wobbly or anything. This was my first mistake.
I then bagged the kick, put into the box, which was then filled with styrofoam "packing peanut" the seller used.
Because I didn't want it to end up getting huge customs fee/taxes, I put way lower declared value thinking that it will get away with additional charges. That was my second mistake. (I sent it as "warranty/repair/refund" in case. I thought I'd play smart.)
I shipped the drums, customs clears it without any delay, delivery was made today,
I contacted the seller to let me know if he's got the drums alright, he was outside and will get back to me shortly .
Soon after, he sent me a message, "bad news, hoop came totally broken"
I got pictures of damage. The seem on the hoop was completely snapped out, looks like it has been under excessive amount of pressure. IMG_8709.jpeg 104.8KB 0 downloads IMG_8716.jpeg 87.08KB 0 downloads
He and I can only guess that stuff insider the kick drum caused so much pressure against the head.
And some kind of impact was made from outsider like a fall or drop (probably by USPS people tossing the shipment?), the seem on the hoop must have not been able to hold the pressure and snapped.
We both don't know how to handle this. I was hoping to take partial money off of the original refund amount, but not sure how much will settle this cause.
I have never thought of "nesting" drum inside the drum would cause this issue. Now that I regret that should've used individual boxes for each drums.
But I can;t blame anything other than myself. It happened, I was the one who packed the drums that way, I was the one who didn't insure the drums. I was the one who had buyer's remorse in the first place.
*BTW, the drums were limited edition exotic quilted maple kit, which I was pretty confident that DW can make the same one..