UPS is now showing the package it's in transit! Should be here Monday or Tuesday. Phew. While I wish this has gone better, I'm just glad to be made whole and not out the additional cost to replace parts.
Big thanks to everyone here! Hopefully new fanatics will learn from my mistake, haha.
"When makin' a questionable decision, sometimes the only way to find the answer is to shut your eyes & mash the pedal to the metal, you guys."