This year's ordering woes: 2 wrong items sent, 4 duplicate items ordered, 1 boomerang parcel returned, 1 pre-ordered ignored (twice) and 1 item delivered damaged. I know it can be parcel mayhem this time of year, but please.
Okay I stick my hand up, some of the duplicates may well have been my fault. Having just discovered the wonders of 'wish lists' on Amazon, I have since learned that when you put them into your basket, they don't disappear from your wish list. So the extra DVD player, cable and CD may have been my fault. Fortunately I managed to find a home for both the DVD player and the CD - my mum. She was still putting up with a humming video/DVD combi player and I donated her the CD for being a good sport and finding a home for the DVD player. But one at least was a cancellation that didn't cancel and I'm blaming Amazon for that!
Having begun with a whinge, I have to say that almost everybody involved was extremely generous and efficient in trying to sort it all out. The faulty item and one of the wrong items were donated as right-offs and refunded or replaced.
Even the girls at Amazon tried to stop their items going out.
The next evening a delivery van turned up at the door bringing the same ruddy huge thing back again. 'No,' I say. 'This is the thing for collection I returned only yesterday'. But the man refused to take it back and said I had to have it, so there, sat in my hallway, was the huge, still wrapped, parcel for something I never ordered, again. Meanwhile I went upstairs and check on the box that was ordered and it's labelled said something similar, but not exactly the same as the thing I ordered.
So here I am, only a few days to go and most of my things have arrived. The twice pre-ordered and ignored was finally in stock and just plain ordered and the huge parcel has gone and not turned up on me again... so far. I'm braced. This time next week it will all be over and I can move on to part 3 - youngest son's birthday. Wish me luck!