Sigh. To make a loooong story short, I bid on and happily won a small item that I have been searching for for months on *bay from a lovely seller in Alabama. I paid immediately via PP, and the seller shipped the item shipped quickly to me via US Priority Mail with tracking. After three days or so, I happened to check the tracking number and it said that the item had been delivered the day before (late last Friday afternoon, to be precise). However, I never received it. It was a small padded envelope with my correct address on it (I verified this with the seller), and since then I have looked for it every day with no luck - we live in a row house that's connected to three other residences, and none of those received the package by mistake, either. Since the envelope easily would fit in our mailbox, I doubt that someone in the neighborhood stole it. Yesterday I went to the local PO and consulted the manager and he took down the tracking information and told me that he would talk to the carriers on that route and call me if he heard anything. He also asked if the package was insured (it wasn't). I am concerned, however, that since according to the USPS system the package was supposedly "delivered," I have no recourse - it's literally my word against that of the USPS/my carrier/whoever made the mistake here. So I will be out $75 and an item that I have been looking for for a good while... Any suggestions? Am I just out of luck on this one? TIA!!!