Upload & Sell: Off
I'm sincerely sorry this situation has occured to you. I also am a College student and I also was pming IJTalbot about a trade proposition in late March of 2013. I'm hopeful this incident works out in your favor. I have some things to say, with a grain of salt - of course - because this incidence has not been completed. I mean, who knows if this was an honest mishap that just needs some time to fix or if it was a bad action by IJTalbot. Therefore, I will now just attempt to share some of my experiences and thoughts in an objective manner, which doesn't imply Ijtalbot to be a bad person, etc.
For the record, I was told by IJTalbot that he was in the military and required the package to be shipped overseas. (I'm not sure where you shipped your package.) He said shipping fees were essentially the same, so that didn't much bother me. We were going to do a partial trade, where he would trade two leneses + some cash for my 1Ds2. Initially, he wanted to pay the cash difference once the camera arrived as decribed via PayPal. I convinced him to pay the cash difference prior to purchase via PayPal. He said the following:
"I suppose I could send the pay ahead of time. I'm just a bit neurotic =) I will need a paypal email from you though.
Basically on the customs form you will write your name and address, my name and address, the contents of the package, and sign/date it. That's all. I think there is one for items <$200 and a larger one for items >$200.
My address is:
... [note I can include his address upon Fred's request, but otherwise not - for security reasons]"
To validate his legitimacy, he previously said:
"I should mention that I have over 150 positive feedback on eBay under the same name."
I checked this claim, and he had 50 positive feedbacks. For some reason, I did not private message him on eBay, although I pm'd other users who used that way to validate themselves. I'm not sure why I overlooked that safety procedure.
One thing is that the hospital may not have found the package yet. Also, they may not have opened it yet. Or, the person you spoke to was not aware of it. I would recommend you ask the hopsital periodically. Also, the hopsital may not be talking about the mailed package due to privacy reasons - not sure of the laws there, and/or the representatitves understanding of laws/practices of the hospital.
Another thing, IJT said he was active duty military. So, your inability to reach him may be due to an assignment or something. As a military person, I'd imagine him to be good for his word and honorable. Hopefully he's just unable to respond at the moment.
Also, I'm a College student going through a debacle with Amazon, where I may lose the value of a Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*. I've been dealing with that stress for the past few weeks, after I found the Amazon user filed a claim during my Spring Break, which I didn't respond to. In lieu of me not responding - even due to my ignorance of the fact - Amazon granted their money back, with no promise of my return. You can message me to talk about the situation. I mean, I can sympathize with you on *possibly* losing money as a struggling College student. The Amazon user *may* send back the Zeiss lens and IJTalbot *could* be a good guy and this thing could just be a mix-up in the process of its resolution.
Futhermore, if Fred Miranda wants to see the record of my conversation with IJTalbot, please contact me; or if Fred wants to talk to me about anything, may he feel free to message me. I'll do all I can to contribute to resolving this issue on FredMiranda.com. This is my new favorite website and I want to make it a good place for everyone.