Re: Supermarket Stress
OMG, after reading about your horror visit to Morrisons, I thank the good Lord I shop online. I am on Delivery Saver with Tesco (pay 6 monthly or 12 monthly in advance for delivery for quarter price of the usual weekly delivery cost).
Because of this, we were informed that for delivery on the 19th,20th, 21st 22nd and 23rd December, we could place our orders for those Christmas delivery dates from 27th November.
Well, you can imagine. every Tesco Online Shopper throughout the UK that is a Delivery Saver, would be vying for their usual preferred one-hour delivery slot on those dates. Right, I thought, I want mine delivered on 23rd, so I decided to use my cunning and stay up until the stroke of midnight and grab a slot at a few minutes past. I had already chosen all my shopping that I would need, I would be already logged into Tesco,but couldn't go through to checkout until I had chosen a delivery hour and date, which was my aim! I WAS READY TO DO BATTLE!
So there I was, needing matchsticks for my eyes to try and stay awake but determined to get my delivery slot for said date. At 5 to midnight, I logged into the Tesco website, double-checked my list of shopping to ensure I hadn't left anything out, and waited patiently for about 2 minutes past midnight to arrive. I watched the little clock in the bottom right corner of my laptop go from 1158, 1159, 0000, 0001, 0002 - and then I pounced! straight into ''pick a delivery date''.
But what was this? nothing was happening! the page that I was on would not move onward to the pick a delivery page.
the page was stuck. I frantically logged out and then in again, but still I couldn't get through to the page to pick a delivery. Then nightmare! up comes the message I did not want to see..."Sorry, we apologise, we appear to be experiencing problems with this page, please try later''
In other words, because every other Tesco shopper in England and Wales who has delivery saver, had thought up the same flippin plan of action as me.
The bloomin website had crashed!!
I was so deflated. HWMO who had stayed up to keep me company even suggested waiting for half an hour or so to try again, and keep trying, but I was so tired, I thought to hell with it, I will be up at 7am as usual, I will try then and tough if they have all gone, I was a prisoner to technology.
Anyhow, at 7am on the dot, with crossed legs cos I hadn't even been to the bathroom, I turned my laptop on, went through to Tesco pick a delivery date page without any problem,, fully expecting to see rows and rows of ''unavailable'' for the one hour slots on every single day from 19th - 23rd December.
True to form, there were row upon row of unavailable dancing before my eyes, but wait! the hour and date that I wanted and waited for, was still available!!!! I couldn't believe it. I quickly pounced on it and there it was BOOKED! I quickly went through to checkout with my ready list of groceries before the computer he say NO could happen and YEAH. Christmas grocery shopping done! I still cannot believe that my date and time of between 11am - 12 was still available. I can only assume that someone had originally booked it and then changed their mind before I logged on and chose one of the last two or three hour slot times around 11pm - midnight that were left for that date. but I didn't care. I was one happy bunny.
What a palava, but would still rather go through what I went through rather than the push and shove of going to the supermarkets. I couldn't do it. I think I would be ready to kill.