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Let's say you're shopping for
Christmas gifts online. You see
something that would be a perfect gift
for someone - we shall call this
'Product A'. You put it in your
'shopping basket' and go to the
checkout at which point you discover
that shipping is going to cost £5.
point you can either
abandon your attempt to buy anything,
or seek to amortise the shipping costs
across more products. You choose this
latter option and think of a couple
more things that would make nice
gifts, and add products B and C to
The next day you
receive an email from the online shop
to say that, sadly, product A is out
of stock, but they have shipped
products B and C (and charged you the
To avoid this,
online shops should have 'criticality'
options so that you can say that if
they can't deliver product A, scrap
the whole order, or if they can't
deliver all the products (A, B and C)
then scrap the whole order.
||Good luck getting them to stop playing games with shipping prices
||//... I've considered that in the near future there'll be a shift back to actual shopping in real shops. At the moment, things like amazon work because there are no jobs so we're all in all the time anyway, but as the economy will thrive as robots recede due to brexit, making people become happy, nobody will be in, they'll be out.//
||At that point, Ian, I will unveil my massive network of old dears scheme. They'll always be in, and they'll get a small fee and someone to talk to, so it's win-win. And they'll get a free secure porch extension so their house will be warmer.
||I stopped using Amazon the moment they started charging to NOT deliberately delay shipments.