About 6 weeks ago I ordered a pair of trainers over the internet. They were quite expensive but I had made my mind up that they were what I wanted and I couldn't get them from any shops in Edinburgh (and believe me I tried lots and lots of shops - most had the make, some had the range, a few had the colour but none had all 3). After them not arriving I contacted the company to see what was wrong and was told they had been on back order and would be with me before the end of the week. I waited. And waited. Then I gave upi waiting and called them again. After them apologising lots they told me they were having difficulties getting hold of the size and colour I wanted (UK size 10 in a dark colour set). I said I would wait for them to get them and they sent me an email promising they would be with me within a firther 14 days. 2 days ago I got fed up waiting, phoned them and cancelled my order (making sure I hadn't been charged for them first). Then I trawled the interent for an hour or so to find somewhere else to get them - same problems as trying to find them in Edinburgh (if I had size 7 feet there would be no problem apparently). Finally I found a site that was reporting them to be in stock and £10 cheaper than the first place I'd ordered from. I ordered a pair exected them to arrive in a week or so.
The doorbell rang about 10 minutes ago. A man handed me a package and asked me to sign for it. I had no idea what I was signing for. It was my trainers! Ordered at 3.05pm on Wednesday, delivered at 2.45pm Friday - fantastic!
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And now, I'm off out to bounce about in my new trainers ...