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Hi,

Does anyone know where I can purchase T.B.s in the U.K. preferably in the North West area? I have ordered them thru various websites and had a few delivery problems and would love to be able to "go to a shop" and buy some.

Also I think the p&p that some sites charge is disgusting, I was charged £3+ the other day for 5 small cache stickers which could have been put in a envelope for 50p

 

Thank in advance

 

Mellowman

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Id be very surprised if you can find this stuff in any shops

 

For a single item £3 post and packing may sound a lot, but it isnt, you are looking at the costs in terms of materials only, but for someone to send you just a pack of stickers which frankly are such a low cost item its hardly worth their time sending them is also the costs of someone to physically put them in the envelope address them, send them, debit your credit card...... OK, you bought 5, but consider if everyone wanted just a single sticker... 'high' postage costs are often there to disuade people from taking the piss like this.

 

If you need to make a special trip to a shop that stocks such specialist items £3 wont get you very far, going by the AA figures it will hardly get you 3 miles (6 miles there and back) , in fuel costs alone you are looking at only a 15 mile radius.

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Thanks for replying, I agree with you with reference to not finding any geocache stuff in the shops, maybe its an opening for some camping/walking places such as "Blacks" etc

 

What I find disapointing is the idea that you think that I may be taking the piss by ordering small items from the websites concerned, I know ( by knowing people in retail ) that it is the small items that add up and make a business profitable, ( Ebay although not quite the same bag is a perfect example of this ) the fact that they offer such items proves this, secondly and most important, is that when you have a 7yr old who wants to join this exciting hobby of geocaching and when he asks if I can get him such a small item, what would you do. Say "no sorry, you cannot have them as the p&p is too much". ?

The future of any sport/hobby is to encourage newbies of any age and quite frankly this attitude ( if you are correct ) is disgraceful.

 

As for the expense ( £3 ) of travelling 15 miles in car, I use a push bike so it doesnt cost me anything apart (from my time) which would be approx the same time that it took you to write your reply.

 

Again thank you for your thoughts,

 

M.M.

P.S. Ive just paid £11 for next day delivery for £70 worth of gear and guess what ? It hasnt turned up :anibad:

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I didnt exactly say you were taking the piss, but someone who orders a £1.50 item and expects 50p postage and packing certainly is... and I didnt even mention the cost of credit card processing, which frankly I dont know, but there was a time when cheques cost 50p to process.

 

Sure the small stuff builds up when you are running a high street store, and the otehr thing about small stuff is it gets the punters in to see the larger stuff you have on offer but, it doesnt exactly work that way with mail order, especially if you dont cover your costs.

 

As for your bike, well good luck to you, my time is worth £20 per hour, and it would take me at least 2 hours to do a 30 mile round trip breathing in exhaust fumes and risking my life against myopic drivers... £3 is a bargain against those costs!

 

And as for my time writing this message, well, Im a fast typist, Im sitting in my lounge watching TV downing a well earned beer and not charging you for it

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We'll agree to disagree over the postage costs but with ref to Credit Card processing, I know that c.c companys do not actually charge for using them via websites and shops, some companys such as American Express actually pay the retailers a percentage, they make their money by charging people like you and me interest rates etc.

Thats why it is encouraged to use c.c. where you can as the retailer actually makes money out of you using them, also ( on the high st front ), there is no cash on the premises etc and less risk involved.

 

Yeh, Im always dodging the manic car drivers and breathing in the fumes but hey, its more fun than getting brainwashed watching the adverts for credit cards on tv waiting for the post to arrive.

 

Thank you for not charging me for your replys, but again at £20 a hr I dont carry small change around, tend to give it to the kids for sweets.

 

Once again thank you for your thoughts.

 

M.M. :anibad:

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with ref to Credit Card processing, I know that c.c companys do not actually charge for using them via websites and shops, some companys such as American Express actually pay the retailers a percentage, they make their money by charging people like you and me interest rates etc.

Not true. I have worked for two companies in the retail and restaurant sectors as an accountant and financial controller, and I can confirm that companies do get charged fees for accepting credit cards. For visa/mastercard this is between 1.5-2%, and Amex is higher, usually 2.5-3%. Debit cards are cheaper to accept with a flat fee of around 12-20p per transaction.

 

T

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