A good storm is good for the heart… and the collecting world in general…

Is it just me or do natural disasters bring out the best in humanity???  We all know that organizations like the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders and even the Salvation Army travel the globe doing good for those impacted by nature’s fury.  What strikes me of late is the compassion of the average “Joe” when this sort of happening takes place.  I see it in my neighborhood, my town and even my post office.  Folks are lending a hand and busy cleaning up.  We clean and rebuild to regain bits of our lives that were torn to shreds.  We clean for sanity.  We clean for money.  We clean because we should.

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This past week, those of us on the eastern US were hit by Hurricane Matthew.  Matthew spared many by staying offshore a bit.  The damage was done though.  My town, St. Augustine, took one in the chin.  A1A is hardly recognizable and the old town area was left battered and flooded.  While we give thanks that we were left unscathed, those of us with small businesses know that the show goes on.  In the middle of the winds and the rain and the falling trees, the questions and purchases kept coming in to our little websites and eBay type outlets.  Those of us with small businesses that sell things were in trouble.  We have deadlines.  We have shipments to go out and tracking numbers to enter.  I have been left more than one negative comment on eBay over the years for being a day late on getting the Post Office.  We have all been sick before!  THIS TIME WAS DIFFERENT…

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A natural disaster brings out the best in us…  As you might imagine, my first instinct when it looked grim was to email everyone who had something coming to tell them there would be a delay.  I emailed and/or called nearly a dozen people who were owed something from me.  To my surprise, I got no backtalk.  I got no negative.  I got no pushy replies demanding satisfaction.  I WAS GIVEN TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE UNDERSTANDING AND EVEN EMPATHY.

It was the eBay of old… 

It was the internet of the Clinton years… 

Customers were emailing to say things like, “keep dry” and “don’t worry about it, just stay safe.” 

While I have had my fill of rain and “storm surges” for a while, I will miss the congenial nature of man in times of trouble.

Can we all just pretend like there is a Hurricane looming all the time???

THANKS TO ALL THE CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS FOR SUPPORT OVER THE PAST WEEK OR SO!  ALL THE PACKAGES ARE IN THE MAIL AND BUSINESS IS BACK TO USUAL.

Mike Cotter

“THE TRANSFORMING WORLD OF COLLECTIBLE”

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