Shops, supermarkets and online stuff.
It is said that one in every eight pounds spent in shops in the UK, is spent in Tesco. That's 12½p out of every pound goes in to Tesco's tills. And that's just one supermarket. There's Sainsburys, Asda and Morrisons to consider as well.
Don't know about you, but I think that's scary and have done for a while. Supermarkets in general are dominating our lives. And they're spreading out like wildfire.
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I was hoping that my third post about Dell would be a positive one. I like positive things. Positive is good. I'd hoped I'd find some amazing Dell person on Twitter or something who could make it all happen; sort out the mess and make me a happy customer. Or at least someone who would be able to make me say "yes, well some parts of Dell clearly suck. But they have some good staff."
Well I was hoping.
So to recap what you may have missed…
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Today (Tuesday) Walsh Western (Dell’s couriers) will attempt to deliver my PC to a completely wrong shipping address.
If any retailers near me sold 14” laptops with an Intel Core i7 processor, then this wouldn’t be a tale I’d be telling. But they don’t which meant I couldn’t just walk in to a store and buy what I needed.
When it comes to shopping, the internet has changed the world a lot. No more do you need to wander aimlessly round shopping malls and high streets. Rare goods can be purchased from specialist retailers based around the world. Just click the mouse and get it delivered straight to your. Well unless you’re out when it arrives…
It’s now been two years or so since we went back in time and got a milkman. And it’s lovely. The satisfaction of holding those chunky glass pint bottles. The celebration as you press down on the foil top… And that’s just the start for having our milk delivered is providing financial benefits to our household.
I’ve been working at home today after breaking part of a tooth off by biting into a bit of stone in my muesli resulted in a quick repair job at the dentist. And no, I never thought I’d say such a lame excuse for not travelling to White City either.
So you decide you want to get milk delivered to your doorstep. Like how it used to be in the good old days. How do you go about it then?
Ah yes, the milkman. Glass bottles, foil tops and electric milk floats silently trawling the neighbourhood.
I hadn’t expected to go into a Woolworths before “the end” but I found myself having just left the Halifax in Tooting and decided to visit the one other the road - a one last time event.
I feel I should go and mourn. The demise of Woolworths is an end of an era.
Thank you Curry’s. You have reminded me why I don’t do much of my electronic based shopping in stores any more. It makes me annoyed. You have made what should be a pleasant experience, a plain awful one. You have made me annoyed.
Turns out that in the end, the £8 had never been refunded to the credit card in the first place - they’d refunded it as a gift certificate instead, mainly as the original purchase had been mostly gift certificate based.
I have an internet retailer that wants a fax, and a bank who don’t know what paper is.
What is the market like in the UK for bundled packages of TV/phone/broadband? Could I go start bundling my TV, broadband and phone and save some cash?
Whatever your view on chicken welfare, there’s obviously something going on in the market place. Demand for free range and organic chicken is clearly up. And demand for cheap chicken is bound to have gone down.
Please place your item in the bagging area
The new TV has arrived which is good - watching episodes on Futurama on your laptop PC just isn’t the same if you ask me. It’s an IDTV - integrated with digital. I did contemplate going for a cheaper model without the digital element (actually in the clearence range) but due to delivery issues (i.e. they couldn’t tell me when it would be delivered), decided to get the digital one. Analogue TVs are getting harder and harder to find now - and it has to be said, rightly so.
What happened to the days when things lasted? I’m sure they existed. I remember owning a TV for about 12 years - and it got transported around the country a few times to boot… Sadly it doesn’t seem to happen very often any more. Just two months short of being five years old, and my TV has decided to give up the ghost.
A couple of weeks ago, I invested in a PVR - one of those digital video recorder things. It had been bubbling in my mind for a while, especially as I seemed to have a never ending pile of VHS tapes floating around the room with stuff on them, that had to be watched in strict order lest anything get missed.
Only a complete simpleton would put the stuff they’re trying to steel right in front of the cashier in the first place.
I’d like to say I got a coherent excuse for not getting my PC delivered, but whoeever it was that I spoke to at the “delightful” Walsh Western had the worlds worst phone line possible, and about the only coherent thing I got out of the conversation was a question about whether I have a brown door. Quite why, who knows, cos every time I tried to get anything useful, I ended up on hold.
Well it’s 21:42 and still no PC.
lodosinternational.co.uk proudly boasts that Turkish electrical equipment manufacturer Lodos is "Exceeding expectations in the home electronics industry"
So after it being initially perfect and then very bad indeed, my Goodmans GDB3 DTT (Freeview) set top box went back to Argos last night.
Last September I bought (and raved about) a new Goodmans GDB3 set top box. It was a good box. Until a few months ago…
Well you can’t beat a sequel sometimes, so to follow up ‘Bods Tries To Use mycokemusic.com’, here is Bods ‘uses’ mycokemusic.com! And what an ‘experience’ it was…
I’ve read a lot about myCokeMusic.com - yet another bandwagon jumping music download site - so I thought I’d try it out. And this being my blog, I’d better tell you how it went…
I’ve got a new digital set top box. It’s great. But the customer service is even better.
When is a 24 hour phone line not a 24 hour phone line?
Record company attempts to tide the stem of illegal downloading of MP3s, will do little more than increase it.
Fopp are a small chain of wondeful record stores who manage to persuade me to part with money far too easily…
Changing electricity supplier revealed some appalling bad corporate websites from the giants of the electric industry.
From amazingly small to ridiculously big! When will they get the right size carrier bags at Sainsbury’s in South Ealing?
It’s hot. Yesterday was the hotest day in London ever. Even worse, we have no fan in the flat and Argos are too busy flogging models of Father Christmas with flashing lights.
The (rather pointless) mystery of the amazingly small Sainsburys carrier bag.
DMs are great boots. So why is it so hard to find them?
Better late than never - a tribute to my old indie music shop, Hyde Music Centre.
Switching electricity companies is supposed to take less than a month. So why did it take one company I tried over eight months?
Same company, two shops, 4 minutes apart. Same prices on the same product? You’d think so….
Online grocery shopping the way it should be.