Archive for June, 2013

Snippet: Define “TV Show: Knightmare”

June 30th, 2013

Knightmare: The TV show where a strange man blinds children, puts them in hazardous situations and makes them get food and “potions” from strangers after manipulating them – all whilst keeping the kid’s friends hostage. When it’s put like that, no wonder it was taken off TV!

Amazon and Lulu free shipping speeds compared

June 27th, 2013

Within the space of a day, I placed one order on Amazon and one order on Lulu (a “print on demand” service: i.e. they don’t actually “hold” any stock) and, in both cases, selected their “free shipping” option. I would expect Amazon, being the larger one and having all the books already “in stock”, to get my order to me first – but the results are below:

Lulu:
Order value: £6.56 (1 “print on demand” A4 paperback book)
Postage paid: £0.00 [Free Ground shipping]
Ordered: Thursday 20th June 20:15
Shipped: Monday 24th June 15:51 (via DPD)
Expected Delivery: Wednesday 26th June
Arrived: Tuesday 25th June 15:10
Time from order to delivery: 4 days, 18 hours, 55 minutes

Amazon
Order value: £23.46 (3 pre-printed paperbacks and 1 hardback book)
Postage paid: £0.00 [Free Super Saver]
Ordered: Wednesday 19th June 20:49
Shipped: Saturday 22nd June 09:13 (via Royal Mail)
Expected delivery date: Thursday 27th June
Arrived: Wednesday 26th June: sometime before 1pm (Royal Mail didn’t knock)
Time from order to delivery: 6 days, 15 hours, 11 minutes [working on midday delivery]

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