Harris, onepryotec, ghost:
I am really just happy to be part of this great online community. You guys are really something and I want all of you to know how very much I appreciate being a part of this group. You are true brothers of the briar.
To oneprytec: I am positive your case made a difference with PayPal. Almost like Storient, they gave me the hard line that I was out beyond the 45 days. Then after reading your post, I insisted that I talk to a supervisor. She at first said the same thing. I asked her to look up the date on my first complaint. It was just a few days beyond the 45, so she opened the case. Thank goodness.
I am so thankful for your information. If I get my money back, your informative post will be a major part of the reason why, as well as some of the others who have provided information here.
IMO you simply cannot find this kind of knowledge, experience, know-how and support for pipes and tobacco anywhere else, other than right here.
I want to thank all of you, especially Harris, Z, Peck and others who said they were willing to chip in for me. That is just so generous.
And to alert others out there who are thinking of purchasing a meer: Do like ghost says. Stay with a reputable U.S. pipes and tobacco retailer. I have also heard from Sinan Altinok, who filled me in a little more about Storient.
I won't go into that, but it's worth noting that Storient's associates are also very wary.
Thanks again, guys. As I said before, you are the best!