Countess Galina / Vintage Studio — Theft / Fraud
This woman is a THIEF! She stole $230 of my hard-earned money, promised me a gorgeous, hand-made hat for my very first Red Hat tea. After exchanging several emails, she said there would be no problem with delivery in 2 months in time for the tea, so I ordered & paid with Paypal. The week before the tea, I emailed because I hadn't received delivery info. She responded that I would receive my hat in time. I asked for shipping info. I got no response and tried several more times to reach her. I then contacted Paypal who said she had strung me along just long enough that I could no longer dispute the charge (too bad she didn't take VISA!). I tried contacting her over the next several months, she ignored my emails. One of my friends contacted her, she responded, said she'd make her a hat--my friend replied she'd heard that Galina didn't deliver--no response! This is the ONLY time I have EVER been burned on the web!
Be warned: If you want to lose a lot of money, deal with her. Otherwise, steer clear! If you take the risk, do all you can to protect yourself, and be very aware of how long you have to get you money back from whatever method you use to pay regardless of how long she says she needs to produce the merchandise. Don't let her process the payment until you are within the time frame that you have protection!
BTW, her other 2 websites: www.vintagestudio.com & www.countessgalina.com (which is the one I actually used) are no longer active