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...when something like that happens, and your vendor is really helpful and communicative and understanding, right up until the money arrives, and you continue sending emails in good faith for a month or so while he either stalls or never sends you another word in response, without even trying to mail a bag of baking soda or something to pass off as what you ordered.
Or when you do receive said bag of baking soda (talcum powder, in my case, with maybe 10% MXE thrown in for the hell of it). When you order from vendor after vendor, all of whom at least seem well reviewed, and what you receive is never anything like MXE, just a sort of sad joke that at best is off-putting, and at worst life-threatening.
When the vendors whose reputations do look unassailable go private or get busted, or get robbed or decide to stop shipping to the US, or simply run out, just before you discover them (from what I can figure out, one guy actually died).
When you send a bank wire to somewhere like Cyprus, which has to be routed through another Stateside bank, and no one at your bank knows how to do it, so you try your best to sort it out, and walk the bankers at each stage through the process, and weeks later finally get the money to the foreign bank, but nobody there speaks enough English to do more than get frustrated with you, and they keep hanging up, and eventually just return it. And THEN the vendor does one of the aforementioned things, negating all possibility of a future order, and you realize you have wasted a ridiculous amount of effort without even being scammed for your trouble.
When you secure a few grams of pre-ban purity on the final day of UK legality, and your well-meaning housemate finds and discards them before you even get a taste.
When you realize that at one point you could find a reputable website on the first page of Google (more of them reputable than not), vouchsafed by the industry, pay instantly in real money, and have your order shipped, but now you have to deal with this. As a side note, I also have to wonder how many health issues have been caused by "MXE" since the ban, vs MXE beforehand, when there was more than a pretense of quality control.
I feel you, OP…
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