Do you know what’s shit?
I’ll give you a clue: It’s
That clue probably made it a bit easy didn’t it? But I didn’t want you spending too long thinking about it and coming up with wrong answers, so I was doing you a favour really. You’re welcome.
My little boy is starting to look ever more likely to haul himself up onto hands and knees and commence a life of sprightly mobility. So far he can do a very impressive push up. He can tuck his knees up under his bum. He can balance on his belly and move all four limbs at the same time with a fantastic level of determination. He can not do a combination of more than one of those things at the same time. Phew.
So, for now, the vast quantities of assorted ephemera scattered about our living room are not a danger. But they will be. Soon. So the more organised half of
Cam’s parenting team (Mrs L, obviously) made the decision
that we needed some new furniture. Furniture in which we could hide the
aforementioned assorted ephemera.
We looked at IKEA, but we didn’t want anything from there. Nor did we wish to go there. We looked at
but our wallets whimpered in our pockets. So, being children of the 80s and
having fond memories of evenings spent poring over their capitalist bible, we
turned to Oak
Furniture Land . Argos
I will spare you a detailed description of the
shopping “experience”. It has been
covered by people far more entertaining than I. Plus, unless you are extremely
lucky, you’ve been there. You’ve ham-fistedly scrawled your seven digit
reference number on a tiny piece of paper with a tiny little pencil. You’ve
waited to have your number called in the queue at the world’s least inspiring
deli counter. Argos
But, have you tried shopping at
|I have just tried to visit the Argos website. This is what I found. Have they heard about my blog somehow?|
I like online shopping. Browse, click, click, spend money you don’t have, feel reassured by the fact that it probably isn’t real money because you haven’t seen it/physically handed it over, wait for goods to arrive in post (without paying for delivery), rejoice at never having left the house!
Online retailers are in fierce competition with one another. The buying public are ever more price conscious and expectant of good service. This tends to ensure a speedy, efficient service, dripping with customer care and good will gestures if something goes wrong.
Not so for
Ever the innovators,
were the first store I can recall who would sell you something online and then
ask you to come and collect it. I think they called this “Click and Collect”. I
called it “a load of total cock”. Why, if I’m ordering online, would I not want
you to deliver it? I have never thought of a reason, perhaps someone will
enlighten me? Argos
No worries, there IS a delivery option. With a minimum charge of just £3.95 it is comfortably undercut by every* other online retailer IN THE WORLD. Magic.
The best thing about the delivery option, is when they want you to pay £25 for it (when, actually, you could go and collect it for much less) and have to stay in for a six hour delivery window.
All of that I could deal with though. I’m a patient sort, and I’m sure
(somehow) has my
best interests at heart. Argos
The thing that has made me think
is shit though, is this: despite ordering our furniture over three weeks ago,
we still don’t have it. The delivery date has been rescheduled twice now, due
to “supply issues”. Funny that, there was no indication at the point of
ordering the furniture that it wasn’t in stock. Most online retailers would
mention it. Another example of Argos ’
innovation. Perhaps just as innovatively, they’ve seen fit to take the money
from my account. Argos
I could be buying sweets and chocolate with that money. Instead,
has it. The bastards. Argos
If you hear a cry of desperate disdain on or around the 24th of October (between 12 and 6pm) That will be me. Not receiving my furniture and watching as my son pulls all manner of heavy stuff onto himself.
Tell me, friends, have you experienced the shitness of
? Or do you think they are awesome, and
some other online retailer raises your ire? Let me know. I’m making a list. Argos
*possibly an exaggeration