Don’t buy more than …..

China discourages over-indulgance now with the slogan, don’t buy more than you can chew, is practical and more than appropriate.

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Personally I also practised – when it comes to shopping – don’t buy more than you can carry.

To the rescue

Getting any service is very difficult now. Unless you are on the register of vulnerable people you can’t even get onto the online shopping basket for supermarkets. Not even the shop and collect service provides any local opportunities.

Yet, Amazon comes to the rescue. They do release daily home delivery slots if one is lucky enough to catch them at it. Having spoken to a neighbour who thought that Amazon Fresh is unethical, I wonder whether the people who get employment or those who supply the chain would agree. Amazon now delivers products from a lot of different producers.

As I am not qualifying as vulnerable person because I am too young and not sick enough, I do have to care for a child that just had an operation. I can’t go out and queue up in front of a supermarket for 2 hours before they even let me into the shop.

I changed my shopping habits, I go local and get some food stuff in via Amazon Fresh.

Viral wasn’t on the menu

The world is least prepared to deal with viral outbreaks as many instances proof.

For example architecture. In a virul outbreak people are supposed to stand 2 meters apart, yet we have many high-rise buildings, which rely on transporting people quickly with lifts. Lifts, strictly speaking can only transport one person at a time in a case of viral emergency.

Yet no quick solutions came up. Nobody quickly thought of putting people into plastic tubes to transport them in  lifts, so they do not break the 2-meter rule.

Perishable foods. Shops should immediately put a limit on the amount of perishable foods people can buy, especially in relation to eggs, milk.

Fire-hazardous items like paper and oil should be restricted. I’ve seen photos and film clips of people who have amassed 5-litre bottles of oil around their whole flat. And those storing lots of toilet paper increase their fire risk.

Distribution chains are not working. Those companies supplying catering businesses are sitting on stock whilst food retailers cannot get enough deliveries out.

The whole private finance system is broken because people cannot even buy and sell property and actually move.

The people who benefit are the homeless who at least now get a flat.

But those who followed the guidance and became self-employed or worked in the gig ecnomy – often not because of choice – are left out in the cold.

Capitalism only works if nothing unexpected happens.


the 2 metre gap

I am trying my best to stay 2 metres away. Today I got up at 5am to get to the earliest available shop for 6am.

I think only shops, which do not have carparking facilities allow sparse amounts of shoppers. Those shops, which have large carparks give way to all those horders who come and empty shelves.

The shops with carparks are crowded and chockerblock full up. There is no chance of keeping a distance from anyone.

I shop with my rucksack and a bag only and could not possibly empty any shelves as I cannot carry the stuff home.

They should forbid shopping by car – unless people are core workers and have no other opportunity to shop. That will stop hording and empty shelves.

As I was waiting for the bus, to get home this morning at 6:15am, I was approached by a homeless man, who slept in the street, asking whether I have 50p for a piece of toast. He came from behind and stood quite near. I could not have anticipated that.

So why is it that there is no provision for the homeless?

Why are all retailers unable to accept online orders? Obviously having a good system of deliveries would invite people to stay home and not go shopping.

Avoided a shop-lift

Lidl currently sells down winter jackets. As I know the colour is my daughter’s favourite and they had it in a size 8, I reluctantly put it in the basket at a price of £24.95. At the checkout, I put the item through the scanner and once put onto the packing area, the red light flashed up. Waiting for the assistant, I still pondered over the purchase, but when the shop assistant arrived, he allowed the jacket and cleared the content.

Just when I looked at the final price, I realised that the jacket cannot have been added to the bill. I told the assistant and he told me to check out what I had and do the jacket again afterwards.

After packing my other stuff, the jacket just would not scan, it came up as zero.

The assistant told me he could not sell me the jacket as it was not in the system, yet it was on the shelves and priced.

I thought, if I had packed the jacket, after the assistant had cleared it on my packing area, without it being added to the bill, I could have been arrested by shop security for shop lifting because I would have had the jacket in my bag without it being visible on the till receipt despite the shop assistant clearing the item on my checkout shelf.

I suppose I oculd not have proved that the assistant had cleared the item without referring to the security CCTV footage.

Having had a purse stolen previously at Lidl and police refused to look at CCTV for lack of time, I did not want to chance anything.

Unfortunately I could not purchase the item and I could not take it away for free without risking arrest.

So honesty has deprived us of a winter jacket we wanted.

Heil steak

close up of meal served in plate

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Remember when Jeremy Clarkson gotten himself into problems with his crew for not serving him steak at the end of the long day?

I couldn’t stop laughing today when my delivery arrived. I had ordered fruit, veg and yoghurt and they delivered steak.

I couldn’t even complain. I am not a vegetarian and perhaps they read my sub-conscience.

Up-date on 2/2/20. I just woke up to rrealise that I just needed to speak to Amazon Fresh about this bodged delivery. Previously full of admiration, the logistics of this one were definitely out of sync.

But they only refund the items not received. Fair enough, if they mix up bags, you get something instead of nothing, but you still don’t get what you wanted.

The time it took me to sort this out was at least an hour for communication and I still have to go out and get the stuff that I didn’t get because thinking that I should wait for the delivery again and they send the wrong stuff again is just unbearable.

At least it makes me angry and I want to get out of the house.

The Amazon in various ways

What the Amazon rainforest is for the world, Amazon online is for shoppers. Just tried out Amazon fresh and the experience was definitely worth it.

Superb ordering, great logistics and the food is actually fresh and on time and as ordered.

I was very reluctant to even try Amazon fresh and kept on going on the established companies like Asda, Sainsbury’s Tesco and Ocado. But they are old-fashioned and out-dated compared to Amazon.

Must mention that Ocado is good and delivers fresh and on time but it is expensive.

I just love a bargain and the offers on Amazon fresh are unsurpassed and it is actually better value for money than going to a supermarket and get the bargains of the day.

From the selection process, the shopping experience at Amazon online is not much different from going to Lidl but Amazon has at all times a wider variety of products available.

What I love about going to Lidl is that they have some cheap products I love like German Rye bread or bakeware and German sausages but they also sell a mix of products and the food shelves are mixed with the general store shelves, so that I do not have to spend hours trodding through huge areas to find what I am looking for and their products are seasonally appropriate.

That is the big difference in this Lidl concept, that it offers seasonally selected items, whilst in other supermarkets, they store all the stuff all year round – with the exception for Christmas decorations perhaps – and occupy huge amounts of shelf space, and it takes ages to navigate the stores. Large Asda, Tesco or Sainsbury’s stores takes half a day to navigate. But Lidl doesn’t do online orders.

Amazon online offers all that at the touch of a button.

What I find especially ideal with Amazon fresh is that it is sooooooooooo easy to add on to an order and they immediately alert you if you can’t add something on and you can add things on much nearer to the delivery date.

All their goods are sent in paper bags and come without a bag charge and they have wicked special offers on top of all that good service.

Just thought I mention it. I just love it if I do not have to complain that fruit is off – as it sometimes happens with Sainsbury’s deliveries.

I want to mention that I am not sponsored by any company to advertise them, these are genuine personal experiences, which I want to share. I am not dependant on any company agreements.

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