Gasp! I said it! And it’s a simple story of how my dependency on online shopping turned into more work for me.
Last weekend I ordered an office item from Amazon. I have Amazon Prime, so I went with 2-days free shipping to get it by Wed. I needed it urgently by Thursday so I figured if it’s delayed I will get it Thursday at the latest. After all, Amazon always delivers and the UPS guy is my friend, so I will surely get the package on time.
I was wrong. For this particular shipment Amazon used Ensenda, not UPS. And Ensenda came by after 6 PM when no-one was there. So I called them to ask for an earlier delivery or delivery at home. And they said that they deliver when they deliver (more or les… ).
Thursday I called again and they said they weren’t sure when they’d deliver. So I took a quick trip to Staples, bought the damn thing and dragged it back to the office.
That was easy! (Yes, in celebration, I did walk away with a bunch of “easy” buttons).
The item was delivered on Friday (although Ensenda claims they delivered it Thur. at 9:30 AM).
Lesson learned. Some things should just be bought in a store. I don’t mean to say I will never use Amazon again. I love Amazon, and I wish they stopped using Ensenda (this is my second failed customer-service story with Ensenda).
So here’s what I learned:
- Self-service is not always the best service.
- “Free shipping” doesn’t mean hassle-free.
- The experience should be considered as part of the cost or benefit of doing business with someone.
- UPS knows that a business address means delivery during business hours. Ensenda doesn’t.
- Our office needs an assistant…
Do you have a failed “online-shopping” experience where you wished you shopped in a store? Please do share!