Buying Rhinestone/Crystal buttons

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I am writing this to fair warn about buying rhinestone/crystal buttons from a particular seller on Ebay.

The seller claims to be in the USA - according to item location.  He is actually in Hong Kong.

I must admit that the buttons are absolutely beautiful and are reasonably priced. 

The problems I encountered with this seller is that the items took forever to arrive and considering their relative delicateness arrived in a small paper envelope sealed only by a piece of string wrapped around two discs on the envelope.

I purchased quite a lot of buttons on this occasion and he charged me US $27.00 for postage which equates to GBP13.67 and Hong Kong $210.22

The total of stamps on the envelope was Hong Kong $17.10 which equates to GBP1.11 and US $2.19 - so this guy charged me over GBP12.00 for a tiny envelope - yeah right!

I am just glad that I didn't pay the additional charge for insurance (which he charges for separately and is optional!!!)

For reference all of his buttons are listed as Rhinetone/Crystal and each design is given a different alphabetical reference.

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