Wasn't going to publish a blog post today but something has really bloody rattled my cage this morning. I'm noticing more and more how online shopping companies take the money out of your account the moment you place an order, but it takes at least a week and often more, before they even dispatch the item. I recently placed an order with a company I've never shopped with before and the money was taken straight away, yet seven days later I still have no indication of a delivery date. Same happened with a large flower distributor - ordered two bouquets of flowers on separate occasions, money taken straight away even though the delivery date wasn't to be for another two weeks. I suppose I could have waited to place my order but I like to be organised, know that I have everything in place. I'm very scatty and live by lists and diaries and calendars filled to the brim. If I don't do something when I think about it, it most likely will get forgotten about.
There are some companies that wait until dispatch before taking money but it seems to be that more and more retailers seem to take their time with your orders, blame it on postage and in the meantime, are eating off the interest they're earning from your payment. Nice, huh? Well actually no, it's bloody annoying and I'm starting to give the companies who do business this way a wide berth. I use a debit card and occasionally a credit card, like most other people, but I'm not happy about parting with £50 or so one day, and not receive the items I've ordered for at least a week. I guess some think it's progress, online shopping being convenient and all, but I think it's out of order. I wouldn't go into a shop and buy a pair of jeans, pay for them at the counter then go back to collect them a week later. It's obvious when shopping online that we have to wait a few days perhaps (I'm talking about UK orders here), but is it really okay for companies, however big or small, to take your money then take their time in sending the goods? In my opinion, no, it isn't okay.