Another day, another post to write.
My sister recently told me about a visit to the bank where they now expect you to establish your place in the queue by use of a QR Code. Modern phones have them, as do modern phone owners. I haven’t bothered to connect my five-year-old phone to the internet and still think that the late 19th century had a lot going for it, It’s almost superfluous to add that I have never used a QR Code and intend, if at all possible, never to use one. I have reached 63 without them and don’t see why they are suddenly so popular. I feel the same way about bungee jumping, incense and colonic irrigation too.
We went on the Ashmolean Museum website a couple of nights ago. Not for any intellectual reason – Julia had seen something she liked in the shop. I ordered it and pressed the button for postage. – nearly £9. I swallowed hard, but it was a Christmas present . . .
Then Julia came to life.
“Nine pounds, you’re not paying that. I’ll look for something else.”
It is a bit high for P&P, but having just paid a London Auction £12 for postage and packing I am toughened to this sort of thing.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I searched the internet and found the same item £2 cheaper and with P&P £6 cheaper. Not only have I secured her Christmas present, but I have saved £8 – a true win-win situation.
Sorry about this turning into a post of postage and packing but we’ve just been told off by an eBay customer for our high postage costs. It’s been a burning topic since I first did mail order, in a time well before eBay. People don’t like paying for it, and they certainly don’t like paying for the materials and time that goes into packing things properly. However, they don’t like it when things get lost or broken either.
And with that thought, I will go and have my tea.
Sadly because covid I cant do my hobby 😦
Yes, I can see how you will have struggled with travel as a hobby.
Ever since Amazon came along, we all think we should get things tomorrow (even if it’s Sunday) – and for free. As a seller AND a buyer, I see both sides. Unfortunately, once you have been spoiled – even by something absurd – you tend to expect it.
Yes, Amazon even changed eBay from an auction site, as people prefer instant gratification and “Buy it Now”. That’s real power if you can change eBay!
Postage has gone way up here, too. Our main problem has been mail being delivered to the wrong house, as well as receiving mail intended for others, including bills, medical and legal statements. That seems to have gone down a bit, though I will be calling a magazine publisher on Monday as I have not received their publication in a while. We also had to request packages be held at the Post Office for pickup. Privatization seems to have crippled the postal service and increased rates.
Yes, I’m afraid privatisation often seems to work that way. Ours is not as good. I have two poetry magazines stuck in the pot at the moment, but that is also due to covid and Brexit. And it used to be so simple. 🙂
Covid here has added to the problems, for sure. Yes, it did use to be so simple. 🙂
Win-win is right! Postage is high here, too.
Postage to the USA recently went up when Mr Trump pulled out of the International agreement on postage charges. It now often costs us more to send a parcel to USA than Austyralia.
Higher prices, lower incomes, they story of my life . . . 🙁
🙂 But we still shine like beacons in the gloom . . .
Oh, my! Everything he touched turned to…
Hate paying for postage
Well in that case you are welcome to pick things up from the shop and just pay your travel costs. 😛
On my way…
We might even make you a lovely English Coffee – instant, and in the summer the milk tends to have small lumps in it. 🙂
I don’t drink coffee….bleh…
Sorry, I remember now. I doubt you’d be impressed by our tea making standards in the shop either. 🙂
No, the sweepings of factory floors sewn up in neat little bags. 🙂
Dust tea…how delightful…
We Brits are renowned for our love of fine dining. 🙂
QR code. What’s one of those?
It’s a new fad. I refuse to have anything to do with the abhorrent little dotted boxes.
They are quite popular over here too. They may be unavoidable before long.
Easy to disrupt with a simple black marker pen though. Just saying . . . 🙂
Any bar code is susceptible to the old Sharpie marker. I reuse envelopes and boxes a lot, and often have to do that.
I am really pleased you have been able to buy the present Julia wants but at more reasonable price. Postage and packing does cost a lot especially when it is done properly and I pay it without too much complaint.
You are my sort of customer!
You are quite right about people not wanting to pay the true costs of postage. A certain massive river based company with its drive to eliminate all competition by predatory pricing may not be helping matters.
Agreed. We unfortunately, don’t have their economies of scale or ability to avoid tax.