I know that it is hard to believe, but there are other things in life, aside from delays in getting letters to and from PPs, which are frustrating in the extreme. Today, for the second time, I am experiencing just this level of frustration again.
The problem is not being able to see who is going to be delivering an order prior to it being sent out through Amazon in Germany. Now, my preference is always to order books through a local bookstore, and this works exceptionally well with German-language titles: if it is not in stock they can order it for next day delivery to the store. English-language titles, however, take two or three weeks to come through, even if they are in country, because of the wholesaler's antiquated system of ordering and dispatching. So I am forced to order through Amazon, and hope that one of the delivery companies they use - there are three - will not be chosen.
The last time Amazon used Hermes to deliver to me it took two weeks to get the books, and I had to collect them from a petrol station near here. The delivery person couldn't find my house, they claimed, which every other company can find and without any problems.
Today it is the same. My system tells me that the parcel is being delivered at 08:50, the same time as DHL and GPD deliver. It is, however, now 13:50 and no one has rung the doorbell yet. I suspect that I will receive a letter, to this same address, on Monday or Tuesday claiming that the driver couldn't find my house. And then? And then they will make suggestions about where else it could be delivered and I will have to wait at least a week for them to organise it, and then travel to get something I have paid to be delivered.
Then I will write to Amazon Germany with a complaint again, and they will do nothing whatsoever. I, however, will cancel each and every subsequent order marked down as being sent through Hermes, even if they say I cannot because it is on the way.
Still, this is one of my frustrations today. Anyone one have anything similar that has nothing to do with PPs?