And of course, as I'm SURE you can imagine, I'm talking about Fleabay sellers.
I realize of course, almost all of them aren't pen people and don't know a Parker 51 from an ironing board. I THINK I Already take that into account when communicating with them with questions.
I am trying (TRYING!) to find a P-51 for a member here.
This is usually my wording of the length question. "Would you please Carefully measure the pens length for me with it capped in the closed position. ("in the closed position" was added long ago as I Already knew they didn't know "capped" from an Avocado.)
I've had TWO sellers this morning come back with, "It's 5 3/4" long".
My ass it is.
At first, my poor brain did a 8 point roll just tryng to figure out how.in.the.hell they could Possibly get 5 3/4" with the largest most apparent closest real length being a full 1/2" less than that.
Of course, once I moved the safety cover off the STOOOPID switch and clicked it to ON, it came to me. They measured it in the Posted position.
Please refer back to exactly how I worded the question. I ask you, how in the World could Anyone Possible construe "in the closed position" as being the same as "in the ready to write position".
How?! (See thread topic?)
Now, the Real insane part of this error is there is even LESS difference in the lengths of the two difference size pens Posted than Capped. So, the manner in which they erred makes the measuring they are already completely Incapable of even More critical than it was to begin with. ACKKK!
Sigh. I guess I will need to change the qualifier part of the question to "in the capped, closed, as you would put the pen in your pocket, position."
So sadly, the stark raving mad, foaming at the mouth rabid part is that I'm Still Actually having to wonder if That will be Clear Enough... Again, I'm not trying to convert these folks thinking to Penese, I just want them to tell me how damn long the pen is. This Should Not be That tough.
Ok, I'll go double dose on my meds now.
Bruce in Ocala, Fl-And of course, *I'M* the one who so hard ass to the sellers. Sheesh, I wonder why.
Edited by OcalaFlGuy, 19 July 2014 - 12:58.