It has just angered me enough to send this email to 8 suppliers, many of
which I do regular business with:
Oi, you lot!
Black Friday - never heard of it before.
All I know is I have been deluged with SPAM about the bloody thing for
the last few days.
Can you all please remove me from your mailing lists. I use "throwaway"
email addresses for each vendor I deal with so you are looking for any
email address ending in:
<redact personal stuff>
Seriously - if I get any more SPAM, particularly in the levels I have
been experiencing I will cease doing business with the offenders.
This would be a shame in the specific case of Ocado, Lampspecs and
Porretta as they all are good businesses.
But I've had enough with wading through marketing cr*p.
Pretty much ;->
It's rare I actually "get stroppy" dirctly with a supplier, but I've
found that when I have (and it's is well deserved - I will always be
polite in the case of a genuine mistake) they tend to come back quite
Like when I moaned at MINI because they wanted an all day booking to
look at a knocking on SWMBO's Mini. All I wanted them to do was ramp it
and tell me if a spring was broken. I did not expect it fixed on the
spot. And the earliest they could look was in a week.
As it happened, I discovered a "shocks and brakes and tyres" place
called HiQ that I didn't know existed down the road. the owner (it's a
franchise) was decent, helpful and very smart about various common car
faults. He gave me a specific appointment the next day. 30 mins after
rolling up, they'd verified the sprinsg were fine and isolated the fault
to an anti roll bar bush which was not critical. However, they said
"factors up the road have the part, if you wait 50 mins we can fix it".
They did, and for £70 all in including the time they'd spent with 2
blokes on the ramp rocking it around to find the noise.
They just made themselves a customer for 2 cars for all the stuff they do :)
I would not have worried about a worn bush, but as I was out of there
for less than Mini would have charged for a diagnostic, I was happy.
How did you manage to avoid it? It is a pre-emptive January sale
imported from the US where they celebrate Thanksgiving Day with vast
amounts of overcooked turkey and overdose on sickly sweet pumpkin pie.
Are retailers obliged to pay for the extra policing that their marketing
frenzy has provoked in deranged bargain hunters?
I expect it will get even worse when we become the 51st US state.
At least halloween can be fun in a well behaved village community where
people knows what's expected of them (ie we do not bother people who
don't have a pumpkin out). I enjoyed taking the kids out - going as
either Dracula or the Grim Reaper or Charon next year :)
Black Friday is just another bloody sale. I guess it gives something for
DFS to pop in between "End of Summer Sale" and "Boxing Day".
It's a US marketing scam that has come over to the UK
Retail outlets sell goods at a "discount" on Black Friday. In reality
the price they are charging is the same as it was last week, last month
and higher than the price they will charge in January.
I see that an item I purchased last week is now has a MASSIVE 30% off --
which matches exactly the price I paid with the previous "we pay the VAT
and postage" offer.
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