Thursday, March 18, 2010

Winners, Losers, and Pedicures

Above & Below: I couldn't publish a post about Winners & Losers without having some kind of pictures to add, so this is the Pedicure part of my post title! Yesterday I had my first ever professional pedicure, can you believe that? My hair salon recently built a new building, so when I was getting my hair cut last week, I thought I'd make an appointment for a pedicure. This is their new pedicure room--I would love to have a little corner room like this in my house! The soaking bowls are plumbed right into the floor, and I just love the colors they chose. I'm not too big on posting pictures of my toes, but I took along Rescue Beauty Lounge Chinoise and my feet look very nice now and are ready for Spring/Summer!
I have lots of winners to announce today, so let's get started! The winners of last week's FFF were: Stephanie, Tierney, Augusta, Peripatetic33, and Nihrida! I use Random.org to pick the winners of all of my contests because it's quick, easy, and involves little imagination on my part! The winner of yesterday's Luck O' the Irish pressed mineral eye shadow giveaway, which was done in conjunction with Bella Sugar Cosmetics, was: Sarah! And our Grand Prize winner today of my March St. Patrick's Day Greens Monthly Contest, is none other than Gildedangel! Wow, that's a lot of links, isn't it? I tried to link to the blogs of the winners if it looked like they had active ones, otherwise I linked to their profile. I'll be eMailing you all later requesting your shipping addresses, but please feel free to eMail me that information now if you'd prefer. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered.

Now we'll move to the 'losers' portion of my post. I know many of you are aware of the recent eBay scam by one of our own, so to speak. I'm very sorry to hear that something like that took place, and it shakes the foundation of trust that we all have in one another. I hope that those involved are somehow able to recoup their loss and I imagine that one day, the person whose behavior instigated the whole mess, will have to face the music. I had a little ordeal with eBay earlier this week that I would like to briefly recount, and that involved the all to common stealing of pictures. I get eMails from some of my readers alerting me that they've seen a picture of mine being used on eBay and in the past, I've simply sent the seller an eMail asking them to please remove my photo. This has always worked, so when I was told that an Australian eBay listing had some of my photos, I followed the same procedure. Only this time, it didn't work out the way it always has before. She eMailed me back and said "Your pictures? You have no idea where I got my pictures and I have never even been to your site. No, I will not." I never mentioned that I had a site, I simply said "Please remove my pictures from your auction. ~Mary". Now I'm usually a very non-confrontational person and I realize that the Internet is folly for all sorts of activities, both good and bad. But this person was so rude and how dare she attempt to make a profit off of my efforts! I wanted to get into a war of words with her, but I thought that probably wasn't my best option. My reader that contacted me sent me a link to file a complaint, which only took me about 5 minutes to fill out and fax (to Australia, mind you, so this person is costing me money now on top of being completely rude). I'm happy to report that eBay handled the situation very well and sent me an eMail a day later stating that they had contacted the seller and the photos--which she added her store name to after I asked her to remove the photos--had been removed. Actually, the entire listings are gone. She also had one of Kelly's pictures from VampyVarnish up, so I let Kelly know and she is in the process of receiving even ruder eMails than mine from this seller. Hopefully, Kelly will succeed in getting her photos removed also. Like I said, had she not been so rude and simply removed my images, it wouldn't have bothered me that much. I don't watermark my photos, and that wouldn't necessarily stop the theft anyway, but perhaps in the future I'll start doing that.

17 comments:

  1. awww too pretty!is the pedicure expensive?i usually do cheap pedicure so the place isnt as nice as urs!hehe

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  2. That is a gorgeous pedicure room. I want one! LOL
    Congrats to all the winners!!
    Sorry that you had to deal with that ebay issue. Im glad it was taken care of for you.

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  3. I WON!!!! Wooohoooo! Thank you SO much, Mary!

    Sorry to hear about your troubles with that Ebay-er. It's just sad to see what an as*holes some people are. Unbelievable! =)

    P.S. I never had a proffesional mani or pedi...so... =)

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  4. Sorry that you had to go through troubles to get the pictures removed. At least ebay was helpful this time

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  5. Gosh people are so rotten and rude. Don't they realize what wonderful people read these blogs and also shop ebay. What a wonderful reader to recognize your pictures and let you know. Rotten sellers and jerks. I don't go on the nail board so I don't know who the person was to do this to fellow polish lovers. How stupid can you get? I believe that everyone watches out for each other which is comendable so why try to cheat others. Congrats to all of the lucky winners! Hope you get great enjoyment out of your winnings. Okay Mary, be brave and show your pedicure.

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  6. Love the pedicure place, the tubs are awesome! Too bad about the e-bay scam, I rely on ebay to get "longtime lemmings", and when an "evil-bayer" is a nail blogger (i heard), that's even worse

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  7. Mary, that room looks like a little slice of heaven! I think that's one of the prettiest places I've seen in a long time. I've never had a professional pedicure either! I keep saying one day I will treat myself to one. Maybe this summer! Those bowls right on the floor are really neat.
    Congratulations to all the winners! :)
    You know, I wonder if this is the same seller that Nixxy dealt with! She said that the seller was incredibly rude. Thank goodness Ebay handled it!

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  8. I got a toe infection right now that is why I can't get a pedicure. Too bad!

    Anyway, congratulations to all winners!!

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  9. Wow! Congratulations to all the winners! I love that pedi-place. I wanna go! Sorry to hear about ebay fail, but glad you got it sorted out. Again: CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!!!

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  10. Congratulations to all the winners!! :D
    Yuck, that email mess sounds horrible. How dare people steal other people's photos and dare to talk back to them.

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  11. Congrats to the winners ^^
    I'm sorry to hear about that problem with an Ebayer, some people are juste completely stupid ! But I'm glad it ended well :)

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  12. :o :o :o

    Oh wowza, I won! Thanks so much!!

    And I'm sorry about that horrible seller. I just don't understand how some people can be so rude to others.

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  13. I hope it's not too late to enter! I _just_ got the email! I'm a follower..rhondaw2009@gmail.com

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  14. That ebay scam is horrible, as is the picture stealing >=|

    But on another note, I simply adore the way they furnished that pedicure part of the salon!

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  15. Vanilla~it's $40.00 for a spa pedi, but I enjoyed it!

    L~wouldn't it be nice to have your own room like that? Of course, I'd require someone to come in and do the work for the pedi!

    Nihrida~congratulations! Well, this was my first pedi, but it's not something I'd do more than once or twice a year because of the price. But it was really nice!

    Halifax~that's the first time I had to file a complaint and I was impressed with eBay's handling of it.

    Twister~yes, congrats to all the winners!

    Denny~isn't it pretty? There was even a Lava Lamp on one of the shelves~ha-ha!

    Lucy~not gonna be brave this time! Yes, sadly there is lots of picture swiping that goes on, but it's very nice to have others who look out for you.

    Jackie S.~yes, I rely on eBay every now and again, but luckily I haven't had problems with any purchases. I just love the colors of the pedi room and the tubs are so eye-catching with their color!

    Nicole~I'm really glad I finally had one done! It was very fun and relaxing. Yes, I wonder if it's the same one. I couldn't believe how rude she was :/

    Mommy Rubz~oh no! I hope it heals up quickly for you :)

    Elizabeth~I just love the pedi room! The whole salon is really nice, some beautiful decorating.

    Skulda~I know, I wasn't mad about it at all, just wanted the picture removed. But once she got so rude, that's all it took for me!

    Ayuu~I'm glad too, it wouldn't bugged me for a long time if she got that lippy and them left the picture up!

    Tierney~congratulations! I don't know wither, I could never be that rude, especially if I was the one at fault.

    The Frugal Fashionista~I'm not sure what you're entering for :/

    SilhouetteScreams~agreed on the eBay issues. I love it too! I know I could get it done for less elsewhere, but I feel very comfortable with the staff here.

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