Posted on | June 6, 2012 | 7 Comments
Continuing on the never-ending theme of things that can drive me crazy – or at least leave me scratching my head:
It’s true that you often don’t realize how good you’ve got things until they aren’t available to you anymore.
In my kid’s school, they have a monthly reading plan; each month is a new book to read. They have one class hour per week dedicated to reading and discussing the book, which are classics from Spanish, Peruvian, British and American authors. There is a particular publisher of the books that is used, because some of them are in abridged form, making it easier for the kids’ to finish it up in a month, I guess. Not sure why you’d need a month to read “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, I think I did it in a couple of days… but I digress.
One of the books has proved elusive; my husband has been to all the booksellers on the list the school gave us, but hasn’t been able to find a copy. So, I went online to see if I could find a copy to download.
Hey I’m willing to pirate, if that’s what it takes for my child’s education!
While I was looking, I ran across an online bookseller here in Lima – I could order the book online, and they’d deliver it to the house – and the cost was actually less than the list price we’d seen at the stores. Nice!
So I ordered it.
Except, it didn’t give me anyway to pay for it – despite the sign having all the credit card and paypal symbols, as if I should be able to pay them that way.
Instead, I got a message, “We will be contacting you with payment details.”
TWO DAYS later, I get an email. The price of 10 soles now has an 8 soles delivery fee attached - the website mentioned nothing about the delivery fee.
AND in order to pay, I have to go to the bank and deposit the money into their account, then email them with the deposit information. And once they verify the deposit, they’ll send someone with the book.
Seriously – what the hell?
What is the ever-loving point in paying almost double for the book to include delivery if I’ve still got to go out to the bank?? I’d rather go buy the book than have to spend time at the bank!
Why have all those credit card and paypal symbols if they aren’t going to let me pay with them directly to their site for the purchase? Why not deliver the book and let me pay cash to the delivery person?
I miss being at home where I could just use Amazon.com to order something and have it show up 2 days later.
I guess I shouldn’t complain though; in reality delivery is usually one of the best things about living here. Just about any restaurant you can think of does delivery. So do pharmacies, which is a godsend when you’ve got a sick kid in the middle of the night. Even my laundromat and the people who wash my dogs do pick up and deliver.
You know, now that I think about it – this is one of the few times when delivery has been a hassle. I knew there was a reason I love living in Peru.
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