I was all geared up to buy my new phone today. We had a lovely brunch out in Glen Huntly with friends and then did the weekly shopping at the nearby supermarket, which was a bit frustrating as we did not know where anything was. If R had a blog, you would be reading his post about trying to return the supermarket trolley and retrieving his dollar coin.
After a little rest, we set off to South Melbourne Officeworks to buy my new phone. I was now decided on the latest, the S6, 32gb, white. Sorry, not in stock. I will check nearby stores. Nothing at South Yarra. Ditto QV. There is one at the Bourke Street store. I will ring and check for you. Yes, it is a returned phone but it will be further discounted.
For the first time in five years, I drove into the city. For the first time in over 30 years, I parked the car in the city. Oddly, there were old style meters to insert coins into. $5.50 an hour!!! We chanced it that the 17 remaining minutes on the meter would be enough. Coming home, a bus sat on my car tail, all the way from the city to home. I would normally be on the bus, which obviously would get me home in the same time. It was weird to be in Bourke Street between William and Queen and for it to be so quiet.
The lad in the shop knew I was coming and quickly produced a box that did not contain a phone. He was embarrassed and I was cross. He tried everything he could but nevertheless, like in my workplace I have to suffer customer wrath because of the the inadequacy of management, so did he. My parting remark was, I can buy the phone on your website and have it delivered in two days, but if I buy online, it may well not be from Officeworks.
I mean like we like to do the right thing and support Australian retailers and their shops, but when something like that happens, you really wonder why you bother and don't just do it online.
R said, get on the phone once we are home, and so I did. The lad at where we have bought our last three phones was very candid. He said, we can't sell them for $868. We pay $895 for them. As up until now a loyal Telstra customer, I called one Telstra city outlet, and the phone rang out. I called another and the lass said no, we cannot match that price.
We are looking after dog Jack for a few days and my mouth was now matching what is to be seen at his rear.
I called Officeworks in Elsternwick, no don't have the phone. I was now obsessed. I called Moorabbin with the thought that we might unannounced drop in on Jah Teh or Fen for a cuppa. The lass at Moorabbin was helpful and looked at other stores. She told me what I already knew, that if a store has one phone, it will be a return. She tried a few. Look, she said, three at Glen Waverley. I called the store and confirmed, so Sunday we will journey to the countryside of Glen Waverley. I looked at how far the store was from the station and not so far, but then remembered the Glen Waverley line is partly shut down with buses between stations, so a drive it is.
If I don't buy a new phone tomorrow, just kill me and put on my stone, done in by good friendly Aussie service. Correcting that, there was nothing wrong with the staff service, it is high up management that is the problem. I could order the phone at our local Officeworks and would take a number of weeks to arrive. I can buy it from their website and it will be delivered in two working days. Anyway, it was worth the visit to the store in person to have couple of questions answered. No doubt I will bore you with those at a later time.