I decided it was time to get a new laptop.
The current one is fine but it has a few niggling irritations. The main concern is that it may be on the verge of packing up altogether. I wasn’t going to invest but Herself suggested she give me the new machine for my birthday. She’s a very generous lass…..
So I went searching for a suitable machine. I found a nice one with all the desired features in the shop where I have bought stuff before. I’ll call it “Shop A” as I’m not into advertising.
Just out of interest I did a quick scan of the Web and found Shop B which was selling an identical machine only €200 cheaper. I placed an order with Shop B.
Soon the mails started arriving telling me that my order had been received and then another to say it had been dispatched. Wooppee! They gave me a tracking number and it was to be delivered within two working days.
The days passed, and then the weeks. I phoned Shop B. “It’s actually due for delivery today” says the bloke on the phone. Now I have played this game before so I know that’s just an opening gambit in the hopes I will be happy and put the phone down. I did put the phone down anyway as I couldn’t understand most of what he was saying. He was either Indian or Pakistani and had fucking woeful English.
A couple of days later I phoned again. I ignored the usual “It’s actually due for delivery today” bit and persisted in asking for some information. He spent a good deal of time searching around his computer [I think I detected a South African twang in his excellent English]. Eventually he came back to me, full of apologies – he admitted they had lost my order. He told me to reorder and that one way or another I would get a refund.
So I went back into Shop B’s site but they were now out of stock. Fuck!
I went back to Shop A but they were now out of stock too. Double fuck!
I did another search and discovered that the manufacturer had a shop [Shop C?] but they didn’t make the one I wanted any more. I made some rather drastic compromises on my requirements and ordered a machine off them. No problem. And it’s actually cheaper than my previous choice. They’ll send it to me but not straight away – I have to wait until the middle of March! Triple fuck!
I got an email this morning.
It’s from Shop B telling me my delivery is on its way and they gave me a new tracking number. I went into the courier’s site and there it is awaiting delivery. I haven’t a fucking clue what it is. The old order is definitely cancelled and my rebate lodged to my account, and I haven’t ordered anything off them since. Has my lost laptop resurfaced and is continuing on its merry way despite being cancelled?
I’m looking forward to the delivery!