The curse of on-line shopping

IMG_0232I am waiting for a parcel to be delivered.  Thoughtfully, the courier has sent a message to say it will be ‘delivered today between 7:00 and 20:00 – Just the thirteen hour window for me to spend waiting then. Thanks.

I didn’t get this message until about 7:30 this morning, so just got up at my normal time 6:50.  I didn’t rush to get showered and dressed. Then I saw the text.

I am now afraid that the doorbell will ring as soon as I:

  • step under the shower.
  • settle on the loo for my morning poo.
  • Give in to the dog’s pleading looks and go and play in the garden with her (she’s not getting her morning walk, that’s just asking for trouble)
  • I get on the phone to any of the people that I promised I would get around to ringing today
  • Try and do anything that requires more than a minute of concentration – it’s a wonder that I’m typing this.

I guess you’ve got the picture.  Much as I love on-line shopping an’ all, the waiting for parcels bit is a such a bore.  Why can’t they give you at least a morning or afternoon slot? Or better still, an hour or two time slot?

My daughter was telling me that in Cardiff Amazon have set up lockers in some shops where you can pick up your parcel whenever you like. This seems a step in the right direction.

But hey, we’re trying not to shop at Amazon – remember the tax stuff? Well, I’m not succeeding anyway, let’s face it they’re cheaper than anywhere else, AND they’ve given me a free trial of Prime, that’s free delivery over the Christmas period, can’t go wrong. I’ll stop using them after my three months honest (except for kindle stuff) (oh, and other things I can’t get cheaper anywhere else…) Oh god, I’m Kaye and I’m addicted to Amazon….

However, I’ve not heard of any scheme like that ‘round these parts, some of the villages around here haven’t even got broadband yet for goodness sake.

What happens in your part of the world?  I hope it’s easier.

Anyhoo, I think for today, I’ll sit and do quiet things, and treat it as time out from the world until the nice man turns up. Lovely.

But boy, do I need that poo…

6 thoughts on “The curse of on-line shopping

  1. I too hate the long hour waits… When when ? can i have my lunch, can I take a nap etc etc along with your reasons and at evening 7pm,they will send sms,’due to heavy load your parcel will be delivered tomorrow’ …grrrr 😦

  2. My partner Steve & I sell books, etc. on Amazon (also eBay & other sites…Scholar and Poet Books is our business). We get deliveries on our porch or at our Post Office locker. Steve used to be a postal carrier, so he knows both ends of the process. I can’t imagine scheduling my day around it, though. Do you have to sign to get the parcel dropped off?

  3. Fellow Amazon addict here.. It sure does make holiday shopping easy. And I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for a few years. Between the prices and the free fast shipping, I’m hooked. I like the text notices although sometimes I will get three or four texts telling me where my package is….

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