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Old 21-01-20, 09:32 AM   #7891
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It depends on where the item is coming from. Fulfilled by Amazon generally means they have it in the UK. It may have come from out of the country.

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It is coming from the West Midlands, 132 miles away. It was in stock and the vendor (small, family business) has a good reputation. I suspect Amazon just slows transactions down to make prime look better. If it were not for the gift cards my son sends I would never use Amazon.
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Old 21-01-20, 09:38 AM   #7892
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I never use Amazon for much the same reason as I try to avoid using google where possible. They’re a bunch of greedy, tax dodging ratbags, who treat their employees appallingly.
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Old 21-01-20, 09:53 AM   #7893
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Waited three months for a chain cleaner from Amazon once. It wasn;t clear from the listing, but it came from China. If I'd known I'd have spent a couple of quid more and got one that would arrive sooner.


My gripe is Hermes and how impossible it is to contact them. Someone has sent me a phone I ordered Dec 26th. They took ages to send and now it's been stalled since 7th Jan showing received on Hermes tracking but no progress. Spent the best part of two hours yesterday trying to actually talk to someone. The best result I got was eventually live chat on their website, which took about an hour waiting after being hung up on by a robot on the phone that took me through half an hour of options and waits and told me to try live chat, then said goodbye and hung up.


Then I sent a parcel with them myself in the afternoon and their system fritzed out and charged me twice. Only showing as one transaction on the Hermes site in my account but twice on my Paypal account. They can't doing anything about it and have sent me to get Paypal to sort it out. Paypal want me to sort it with Hermes... got a feeling this is going to be a long struggle. Longer than the £5 overcharge is worth, but there's no way I'm letting it go and paying £5 twice to send a parcel.
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Old 21-01-20, 06:29 PM   #7894
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I suspect Amazon just slows transactions down to make prime look better.
Pretty sure you've hit the nail on the head there. Tried to re-order some Gillette razor heads before Chrimbo but it no longer lets you for that product code unless you sign up to Prime. Er, no. I now use eBay as first choice if I must go mail order but found the razor heads on offer in Sainsbergs for just a quid or two more so happy days. Amazon really are getting too big for their boots these days.
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Old 21-01-20, 07:12 PM   #7895
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I never use Amazon for much the same reason as I try to avoid using google where possible. They’re a bunch of greedy, tax dodging ratbags, who treat their employees appallingly.

Interesting that the lastest Amazon advert is employees talkng about how great their jobs are and how well they're treated. Their marketing people must have worked out they were losing customers due to their terrible reputation on unfair employment conditions. A bit like the Uber ads that go on about how safe it is... because they know it's had safety problems and got a reputation for it.
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Old 21-01-20, 07:35 PM   #7896
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Arranging to meet your daughter, driving for an hour and arriving on time only for her to be 15 minutes late on a 20 minute journey...

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Old 22-01-20, 10:13 AM   #7897
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Blind drivers.

Driving down the A6 with wife in passenger seat in her gutless 107. Van in filter lane waiting to turn right. As I pass it, a car shoots out from the right. I bounce onto pavement avoiding him ,my first thought was let him write off the thing but don't want insurance niggles as 3 policies renew in Feb.

Checked the wife was OK then had my rant at him. Why did you pull out on me. Why did you not look?

His response was he did look but didn't see me! Yes we all know that means I didn't look. His then was there is no damage so lets get on. Err no, I need your details as I have to get the steering / suspension checked. and begrudgingly he provided them. All the time I am reminding him that he pulled out without looking. How vulnerable a biker/cyclist would have been etc.

There is no damage. But I am so lucky my wife was there as the voice of reason. I had wrenched his door open to have my rant. So easy for me have gone that next step and end up in lumber myself.
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Old 24-01-20, 08:39 PM   #7898
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Much like above, rather silly woman in a BMW who pulled out on me so late I should have closed my eyes and waited for the bang.

Usually wouldn't annoy me too much except I was in a hire van so explaining scrapes or worse would be interesting to say the least
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Another rear puncture on the VFR on the way home. In the dark. In the rain. First I knew was a very squidgy feeling when I couldn't make the bike go round a corner on a roundabout. Looks like a slash cut. Second one on the Road 5 tyres. Not sure if I'm just unlucky or if they're not very robust. They've done about 2000 miles.


Had to get wife to rescue me with a bike pump and try to get anough air in the tyre to get the last half mile home very slowly with air escaping fast from the tyre.
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Another rear puncture on the VFR on the way home. In the dark. In the rain. First I knew was a very squidgy feeling when I couldn't make the bike go round a corner on a roundabout. Looks like a slash cut. Second one on the Road 5 tyres. Not sure if I'm just unlucky or if they're not very robust. They've done about 2000 miles.


Had to get wife to rescue me with a bike pump and try to get anough air in the tyre to get the last half mile home very slowly with air escaping fast from the tyre.
I had an odd puncture on my vfr last May on a Michelin PR4. I wanted to plug it by the roadside but could not find a hole to fix. Had to use tyreweld foam to get it to stay up for more than 5 minutes.
My local tyre shop couldn't see where the fault was either. I fitted a Conti after that.

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