Friday, 3 August 2018

The Art of Dodging Delivery Charges




I love the traditional way of shopping – making plan, taking time out, getting ready and then browsing stores to find the perfect item. And when I find something worth buying, then going to the till, exchanging few nice comments and little pleasant conversations with person over the till, sometimes receiving and giving compliments on purchases whilst standing in a queue, all these little chit chats and socialising adds up and create a wholesome experience. And the best part, no shipping charges. A fuel or resource used to get to the mall is also part of this experience. In the end a cup of coffee closes the day.

However, after having a baby, I am always in a time crunch. The moment I start enjoying shopping, my baby will either be hungry or need a change. So it is always a rush now. Those serene calm moments of taking time to decide whether I need that thing or not, are long gone. So what are my options then? Online shopping – a saviour for busy people or people like me who can’t decide in hurry and most of the time, come home empty hands. But I don’t like online shopping much. It takes the edge out of shopping. Since I can’t feel and touch the thing before purchasing, I can’t connect with it more often. And it’s boring because I can do it from the comfort of my home.

Click and collect is a fun service though. Buy online and collect in store to satisfy the urge of shopping without spending hours. But again, not all stores offer click and collect or their stores are not in my town to collect anything. Therefore I have to buy online and deliver it to home. Sometimes there is a catch.....

DELIVERY CHARGES!!!!

Like what? It is completely outrageous to give extra money to a retailer and gets nothing in return. It’s like throwing hard earn money out in a street. Yes I know that I am getting things delivered to my doorstep without leaving my comfortable sofa, but I don’t want to play this part of the game. It is super unattractive. Why am I moaning about shipping charges? Oh! There is a story to tell.

I liked a thing and wanted it in my life. I went online, ordered it from an online store. The thing was for £36. I was £4 away from free delivery. I didn’t want to pay delivery charges. Who does that? It is so lame. I thought if I add this £4 to something else, I can get another beautiful thing. So I searched and searched and searched. Finally I found a thing I liked and apparently my existence depended on it. I added that to a basket which upped my bill to £65, yet very wisely saving £4 delivery charges. When I was checking out, it prompted to me that I was £5 away from free next day delivery. How enticing!!

I searched and searched and searched AGAIN. I found another thing, possibly oxygen for my sad life; because I was shopping from the comfort of my own home. With a sound of whoosh, it went straight to my basket. I was over the moon that I would get my things after one sleep.
So people! Like this, I spent about £100 on things without paying a single penny for delivery and I was getting my things the next morning with my breakfast. For a moment my surroundings were filled with stars and glitters.

AND then,

The reality hit me like a ton of bricks and guilt was clawing my heart. But, but ...... dodging delivery charges is an art of online shopping after all and it makes me an artist. We can’t put a price on art folks!

 Do you agree? What is your strategy to avoid delivery charges?

Oh wait!! Did I mention that I had a £10 off code for that particular online shop?

11 comments:

  1. I'm exactly the same as you! I'll waste sooo much money on unnecessary stuff, but when it comes to delivery charges I'm like hell no! I'll often add a few more bits to my basket to ensure free delivery, even if essentially I end up spending more. But it's so essential when ordering from another country as shipping charges are soo expensive x

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  2. LOL! Funny post! Every woman probably goes through the same thing trying to dodge delivery charges. On the brightside - hey you have 3 nice new things! lol

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  3. I am exactly the same, will often buy something else to get free delivery. There is a clever app that can find things too for just the right price to get free delivery

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  4. The shops are now so savvy and I guess this is a way they use to hook us shoppers into buying more than what we need. I tend to just pay the delivery charges if its a small amount or get the item delivered to somewhere close by for me to pick it up.

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    1. I did that once and then it took me ages to pick my order Ha!

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  5. Ha ha this is so funny! I'm exactly the same, always trying to get free delivery! I hate spending the money on delivery but will happily spend it on stuff!

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  6. It really annoys me when you have pay for delivery when you're spending a lot. I'm also guilty of adding this to my basket to get delivery free :)

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  7. I'm the opposite, in that I don't enjoy high street shopping and would much rather shop online but I'm loath to pay delivery!

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    1. TBH I also don't enjoy shopping when I have to do it must. It becomes a chore for me. But sometimes for a day out, it is a good activity.

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  8. I love online shopping and it depends on the retailer as to whether I gripe about delivery charges, if it's an Etsy seller or an independent outlet then I understand why covering delivery can cut massively into their profit margins. If its a big store like Debenhams or Ikea then I feel that they should be covering it so yeah il find shit I don't necessarily need and add it to the basket.

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    1. OMG yes! I am all happy to pay for delivery when it is a small retailer but for big stores, i think they should cover it :)

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