On September 17th, I bought my Holy Grail Watch, the Seiko SBBN017, on Amazon, via a Japanese seller. This was a reward for selling 8 watches on eBay.
The watch was supposed to be shipped in 2 days. Five days later the watch still hasn't shipped. I emailed the seller and inquired about the delay and he said he would check the inventory and get back to me.
This is puzzling because on the Amazon webpage, it said there were 5 Tunas available from this seller. But the seller doesn't know what he's got.
Discouraged, I requested an order cancelation, but received no reply. Unlike items purchased from Amazon, a cancellation doesn't occur automatically on unshipped items. In my case, I have to wait for the seller to respond.
I would like to buy a Tuna, to arrive in time for my birthday in October, from another vendor but I can't until the current Tuna matter is resolved.
I suppose I could wait till tomorrow and if nothing happens, I could call my credit card company and cancel the order.
Jonny made an interesting point when informed of my dilemma. He said a lot of these sellers look for the cheapest deal they can get before selling it to the Amazon customer. I don't know if that's the case, but it wouldn't surprise me.
Meanwhile, my Grail is in limbo.