Today I returned a £9 t-shirt to Sainsburys. As I didn't have the receipt I couldn't have my money back but had to exchange it. In its place I bought a £22 jumper.
Then, when I'd finished shopping I discovered that 'my 'branded shop today was £10.74 cheaper than Asda,' meaning I'd saved £10.74, which when added to the original £9 almost makes £22. Which means, if I'd bought and saved just a little bit more, I could have had my jumper for nothing.
That is what it means, isn't it?
Sainsburys is, like most reputable shops, good when it comes to exchanging items. Not so The Range as I discovered when I tried to swap a curtain track that was too short for a longer one.
'Do you have the receipt?'
'No, I'm afraid I couldn't find it.'
'Then you can't exchange it.'
'But I only want to exchange it for a longer one. I'll pay the difference.'
'Without the receipt you can't.'
The only way I could make the exchange was if I took in a copy of my bank statement proving my purchase. For goodness sake!
I got home and penned an angry email to The Range. That was last Friday and I've not had a reply from them.
Then I found the receipt.
Once again I drove across town and presented the curtain track and receipt to Customer Services at The Range.
'I'd like to return this, please.'
'Is there anything wrong with it?'
I had a full refund and I will go elsewhere to buy a replacement track. And I will write another email to the Head Office telling them I won't be using their shop again.