My floor fan which I sleep with in my bedroom for the noise is about ready to bite the dust. So, I got online today and through much searching for an hour or so found what I wanted. Store XYZ offered it at $50 with free shipping. Store ZBA offered it for $45 with $8.91 shipping. I called store ZBA and flat asked if they could ship it for free after I was told the shipping charge. I said I found this fan at a competitor for free shipping.
The young man said, "I can take care of that for you". Woohoo. However, he is instructed to only ship OOPS and not postal. I have only a post office box and he said it is too big for your box so they won't do that. I told him they will just put a yellow card in the box and I pick it up at the counter. So, he overrode it on the computer to force it through since I suggested that too, lol.
Now my post office which I am worried about, gets more business and I don't have to worry about it being stolen off my porch. OOPS recently threw a "signature required" item on my porch and took off. I have had 6 packages stolen off my porch in the past 4 years. So, anyway, I figured with the economy the way it is, it was worth checking on them giving me the free shipping. And I saved money in the process!
Source: As far as I know (and I have plenty of senior moments), I thought it up.
By lori macDonald from AR
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