Tuesday, 20 April 2010


Today's challenge.

I would like to order a reclining armchair from IKEA. Cost 329 euros.

Check on internet to see if it is available at Toulouse which is 2 1/2 hours' drive.

Only available to order, not available in shop.

BUT have to have home delivery which is another 175 euros.

Can I have it delivered to Toulouse store for collection?

Yes, but you have to go to the store and make the order.

Can't I do that over the phone? No have to go to the store.

So I can't order it on line or by phone to have it delivered to Toulouse. No.
So I have to drive 2 1/2 hours there to order, 2 1/2 hours back then 2 1/2 hours there to collect and 2 1/2 hours back??

Is there anyway round this problem (don't you want my bloody order)

And you can hear the gallic shrug down the phone line.


  1. Aaaargh...how frustrating! Why do they make life so difficult? There's absolutely no logic to this is there?

  2. And at the other end the gallic shrug is saying to its´colleagues
    'These British have no idea....

  3. Ayak has summed up exactly what I was going to say!! Reminds me of Thailand!!

    C x

  4. It's the same in Spain!

  5. Thanks for your comment, and I've only just got around to replying... we picked the cherries for a friend down in the valley - they're about a month ahead of us down there!