I was wanting to share my first experience and hopefully get some input as well.
I was researching absinthe for Christmas gifts. After finding this site and reading through it, I decided to order from Markus. I ordered 2 sets of 'pack 25', which includes Kübler, Duplais and a spoon. As I was splitting the orders, I also added a third spoon.
Markus was very helpful. I accidentally chose the wrong (more expensive) shipping choice; it is important to note that the cheaper shipping method was explicitly called 'courier'. When I noticed this I emailed Markus and he refunded my cash.
When the package arrived the box was curiously lightweight. When I opened it, all it had was the spoons, packaging and 2 empty Kübler boxes. Needless to say, after getting nothing for my 1st try and 200 bucks, I am weary.
So I note that, in reference to someone worrying about their shipment, Hiram had stated:
Also, I have seen information mentioning: those who seize 'destroying' the absinthe or Markus no longer insuring shipments; so the combination of this quote and these other instances are somewhat contradictory.
Also, I see information stating the petitioning is useless.
I am simply disappointed and will be more so on Christmas when I have spoons and empty boxes to offer my loved ones. I would like to order again, but currently I don't have another 200 bucks to throw away. I'm unsure that I will order from Markus again. Don't get me wrong, I was very pleased with him as a merchant and read nothing but praise about him, but I don't want to risk taking another loss.
I look forward to your replies.