Years ago here I knew a few guys who worked for UPS (maybe 1975) and they told me that things get "lost" all the time. If they suspected something was nice in a box, it would be opened, looked at and could be redirected to an address of a 3rd party to be picked up later. That was then, before all the tracking that should be in place now. I work with a guy, he ordered a fairly large guitar amp and it was to be delivered by the US postal service. It doesn't show. He makes all sorts of inquiries, a dead end.. no amp. Puts in a claim and he's reimbursed and buys another, had FedEx ship it. Over a year later, what shows up on his door step... the original amp. With all the safeguards in place, stuff still falls off the radar, big and small. I have over 1000 eBay transactions under my belt, coming and going. Never had anything out and out lost, maybe a few days of delay now and then.