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Supermarkets - and avoiding them

Posted on 1 February 2013 in Food and Drink, Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Depression "bread wars", corner store on Bourke & Fitzroy Streets, Surry Hills, Sydney, 21 August 1934 / Sam Hood

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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Beware Dell: when it goes wrong, they’ll be no use at all

Posted on 30 March 2012 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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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Dell Utter Hell

Posted on 6 March 2012 in Computers, Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Today (Tuesday) Walsh Western (Dell’s couriers) will attempt to deliver my PC to a completely wrong shipping address.

Oh Dell

Posted on 22 February 2012 in Computers, Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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.

How do you get your parcels at the pub? Well, Useyourlocal!

Posted on 14 February 2011 in Pubs, Shopping (2 comments)

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…

Get a pinta on your doorstep to save £££!

Posted on 24 November 2010 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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.

Festive Signage. From 2005. And at Christmas. Err. Yes. Well, better late than never I suppose…

Posted on 26 March 2009 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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.

Using milk&more

Posted on 6 January 2009 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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?

Glass bottles on the doorstep - getting a milkman

Posted on 5 January 2009 in Shopping (5 comments)

Ah yes, the milkman. Glass bottles, foil tops and electric milk floats silently trawling the neighbourhood.

Buy Buy at Woolies Tooting

Posted on 23 December 2008 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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.

No Woolies

Posted on 16 December 2008 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

I feel I should go and mourn. The demise of Woolworths is an end of an era.

Dear Curry’s

Posted on 27 June 2008 in Shopping (4 comments)

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.

The completed quest for an £8 refunded

Posted on 30 April 2008 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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.

The never ending quest for an £8 refund

Posted on 25 April 2008 in Shopping (3 comments)

I have an internet retailer that wants a fax, and a bank who don’t know what paper is.

TV/Broadband/Phone together - reviewing the options

Posted on 23 March 2008 in Shopping (6 comments)

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?

The £1.99 Chicken - Hugh and Jamie must have made an impact

Posted on 6 February 2008 in Shopping (3 comments)

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.

At the Tesco Self Service Till at White City this morning

Posted on 15 November 2007 in Shopping (7 comments)

Please place your item in the bagging area

New TV

Posted on 10 August 2007 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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.

No Beer and no TV make Bods something something…

Posted on 7 August 2007 in Shopping, Television (No comments yet - be the first!)

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.

Ditching the VHS tapes (or, getting a new Humax PVR)

Posted on 4 March 2007 in Shopping, Television (No comments yet - be the first!)

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.

Beep beep beep

Posted on 14 July 2006 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Only a complete simpleton would put the stuff they’re trying to steel right in front of the cashier in the first place.

Walsh Western Hopelessness (part 2)

Posted on 18 January 2006 in Computers, Shopping (2 comments)

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.

Non-Delivery

Posted on 17 January 2006 in Computers, Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Well it’s 21:42 and still no PC.

Need a professional logo?

Posted on 19 June 2004 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

lodosinternational.co.uk proudly boasts that Turkish electrical equipment manufacturer Lodos is "Exceeding expectations in the home electronics industry"

Bye Bye GDB3, Hello DT210F

Posted on 17 June 2004 in Shopping, Television (No comments yet - be the first!)

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.

Set Top Box Woe

Posted on 9 June 2004 in Shopping, Television (No comments yet - be the first!)

Last September I bought (and raved about) a new Goodmans GDB3 set top box. It was a good box. Until a few months ago…

Bods ‘uses’ mycokemusic.com

Posted on 31 May 2004 in Internet, Music, Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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…

Bods tries to use myCokeMusic.com

Posted on 26 January 2004 in Internet, Music, Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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…

Goodmans Digital Box (or how to impress a potential customer).

Posted on 15 September 2003 in Shopping, Television (No comments yet - be the first!)

I’ve got a new digital set top box. It’s great. But the customer service is even better.

Electric Phones

Posted on 12 September 2003 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

When is a 24 hour phone line not a 24 hour phone line?

CD Copy ‘protection’

Posted on 7 September 2003 in Music, Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Record company attempts to tide the stem of illegal downloading of MP3s, will do little more than increase it.

Fopp-tastic

Posted on 29 August 2003 in Music, Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Fopp are a small chain of wondeful record stores who manage to persuade me to part with money far too easily…

Dysfunctional Electricity Company Websites

Posted on 21 August 2003 in Internet, Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Changing electricity supplier revealed some appalling bad corporate websites from the giants of the electric industry.

Carrier Bag Madness

Posted on 11 August 2003 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

From amazingly small to ridiculously big! When will they get the right size carrier bags at Sainsbury’s in South Ealing?

Ugh. Hot.

Posted on 7 August 2003 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

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 Mysteriously Small Carrier Bag.

Posted on 4 July 2003 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

The (rather pointless) mystery of the amazingly small Sainsburys carrier bag.

I want my Doc Martens!

Posted on 15 June 2003 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

DMs are great boots. So why is it so hard to find them?

So long Hyde Music Centre, and thanks for all the CDs.

Posted on 22 May 2003 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Better late than never - a tribute to my old indie music shop, Hyde Music Centre.

I’ve Got The Power?

Posted on 4 January 2003 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Switching electricity companies is supposed to take less than a month. So why did it take one company I tried over eight months?

Sweet Madness.

Posted on 23 October 2002 in Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Same company, two shops, 4 minutes apart. Same prices on the same product? You’d think so….

Ocado

Posted on 11 August 2002 in Shopping (5 comments)

Online grocery shopping the way it should be.

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