I'm a fan of Shasta cans and I'm not sure why. But I've got over 100 different ones. So when I saw this tonic mix I knew I had to have it. Not only do I not have a tonic mix can at all in my collection, this was an old steel can with a funky color palette. It was also in great condition.
But the clincher on the deal was the weird opening mechanism. I don't have anything quite like it. The listing said it was a prototype Stay Tab test lid. So I placed my bid and waited.
The auction ended and I won. Yay. I knew this can would make a good blog post. But then I got a real apologetic message a couple of days later that the seller had sold the can in a previous listing and accidentally re-listed it. I got my money back, that wasn't an issue. But then I had a decision... raise a stink or move on?
Everyone makes mistakes. This person had almost 16,000 transactions and a score of 99.3%. I agreed to cancel the transaction and replied that mistakes happen. I was a bit disappointed, but you have to take the disappointments with the victories when collecting.
What I really lost was an opportunity to blog about a cool can. Or did I?