Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Force Wasn't With Me

While looking through eBay listings a week ago, I found a complete set of Star Wars Episode 1 Pepsi cans from 1999, including the rare Gold Yoda.  But first, a little information on the set.

In conjunction with the 1999 release of the first new Star Wars film in over fifteen years, PepsiCo had the rights to release the Star Wars Episode 1 set of collector cans.  The set was different from country to country, but the United States base set consisted of twenty-four cans; eight Pepsi, eight Mountain Dew, four Diet Pepsi and four Pepsi One cans.  In addition, there was the rare Gold Yoda can.  At the time, you could redeem the Yoda can for $24 cash.  Also, there was a word hidden on each of the twenty-four cans that created three hidden messages.

Finding the complete 24-can set isn't too hard, but the Gold Yoda is rare.  So I was excited to find on eBay a complete set of twenty-four cans PLUS the Gold Yoda.  The price was a bit high for what I wanted to spend, but for that money I would have the total complete set of unopened cans.  The seller said it took him a year to collect them all from buying 12-packs and saving one of each can.  A perfect collection!

I bought the set.  He shipped the set.  When I got home from work two days ago and found the box (which looked a little small to hold twenty-five cans), I opened it and this is what I found:


There were only eight cans inside and they were smashed and dented.  Some of them were empty, a couple of the others were about half full after leaking soda on the outside of the other cans and on the plastic bags used as packing material.  Immediate fury.  Had I been scammed?  I emailed the seller.  He said he took pictures of the twenty-five cans in the box before he shipped it in case something like this happened.  Still, had I been scammed?  After discussing the situation with a co-worker yesterday, we realized what happened.  The seller had shipped the cans with soda still in them, one or more had leaked on the trip, probably ruining the original box, so the parcel service threw out most of the dented, wet cans and reboxed the remainder.  And that's what I received!

Damaged cans 1-4
I emailed the seller and explained what I thought had happened and suggested he refund my money and take up the battle with the parcel service, if he wanted to, for the value of the cans.  I explained the correct way to bottom-open a soda can (I use a small nail and punch two holes in the bottom, one to drain the soda and one for air to go in) before shipping.  He wrote back yesterday, just as angry as I was at the situation, and said he refunded my money, asked that I return the 8 cans, and he said he learned his lesson!  When I sent him pictures of the cans, he said he laughed because the cans were so beat up.  He told me to save my money and not return them to him, just throw them away.  

Damaged cans 5-8
He had worked hard at putting the collection together for someone to enjoy.  He lost a lot of time and money and I lost a good Star Wars can collection.

19 comments:

  1. steveleeostafin@yahoo.comFebruary 8, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I have a gold yoda can which came empty from pepsi after I redeem one for twenty dollars years ago still in original package from pepsi

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  2. I finally ended up with a gold Yoda too. http://sodacancollection.blogspot.com/2012/10/gold-yoda-and-storm.html

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  3. I have a 25 year collection of Pepsi cans I have decided to part with. Please let me know if you are looking for anything in particular. I may have what you need!

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    1. Do you have a list or pictures of what you have? You can contact me at avatarmud@gmail.com

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  4. i have the full set including the yoda can, i tried storing them full (i was 14) most of them poped open but they are in good condition. plus the posters that were released the same time. email me if your interested and how much would you give me for them? crydancreation@email.com

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  5. I have a gold yoda can. Looking for a buyer...

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  6. I have a gold yoda can from pepsi. Whts ur offer

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  7. I have the Pepsi/Mountain Dew 1999 Star Wars collection with black display (not the silver bi-fold case I have seen before) with the logo "Pepsi" on the display. All cans are unopened and empty. My sister's ex had a good friend give her one since he was a rep for the company and brought it to my dad. If anyone is interested, let me know. My father has been wanting to sell it for some time. Please note that some cans are dented because of a tornado that had passed through their home last year. Nothing crazy, but a few dents are visible. Will post/email pics if interested!

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  8. I have several gold cans , empty , but in awesome shape , also many other cans as well , 5 gold cans , anyone interested in buying gold ones ,
    Send me a reply and an offer , ill send pics ,

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    1. Do you still have any of the gold cans?

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    2. Do you still have any of the gold cans?

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    3. I have the gold Yoda can.
      http://sodacancollection.weebly.com/1999-star-wars-ep-1-cans-36.html

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  9. I know this is old but I had to say something. If the box was damaged and the Parcel service had to repack them, they would have included an official document to explain there was damage incurred during processing, something along the lines of an apology and a phone number for you to contact them if you had additional concerns. Further, they would not have used grocery store bags as a space filler but bubble wrap or some other standard packing material.

    I'm not sure what happened to your package but I doubt it was the fault of the shipping service. I'm glad you were able to get a refund but I still question the seller on this one.

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    1. It's hard to say what really happened. I didn't see the original package. I didn't see how it was handled in shipping. I just know it worked out in the end and made for a good blog post, haha. Thanks for the response.

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  10. If anyone is interested I have a complete set of the Pepsi cans that came straight from the can factory! No soda was ever put in them. Also I think I have 2 of the gold Yoda cans and 1 of the full color cans also straight from the factory. And a box that might be a 2nd full set.

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  11. Fuck the Buyer On EBay

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  12. I have a half empty mountain dew can. The writing is also misprinted. Never been opened. Is it worth anything?

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  13. have a gold yoda can empty but pretty dented anyone interested?

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  14. Hello, I am really in need of a Diet Pepsi Free can. I’m looking for one of the cans that has the "NOW NO SACCHARIN 100% NutraSweet" on the can. I can send you an email with pictures if you need it. Would you please let me know if you have any of them? Please let me know. Thanks,

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