I've just placed an order for an item which is to be sent from Walsall, some five miles from where I live. The item in question is packed in a box no bigger than a cigarette packet.
When I got to the delivery page on their website I saw that standard delivery is £2.99.
Then I saw this:-
"Delivery by Christmas is not guaranteed if choosing standard delivery. To insure (sic) delivery in time for Christmas please use our expedited delivery service."
Expedited delivery is £21.99
As far as I'm aware, even the Post Office "excuses r us" don't suggest a delivery distance of five miles or so will take a month.
As I said. Taking the....
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