Boohoo next day delivery to Ireland doesn’t work

It’s a pretty bold claim from the online retailer Boohoo. If you order something on their website before midnight, then you will receive it in Dublin the next day!

Here’s the offer on their website:

I order a lot of stuff from the UK, and most of the time it takes a couple of days to make it to Ireland. So I was dubious about whether they could fulfil on this promise – and as it turns out, they could not!

I had originally ordered a shirt mail-order from another retailer in the UK for a very specific event on Saturday, and I was worried that it wouldn’t arrive in time. So on the advice of my wife, I looked at another shirt on sale with Boohoo.

This was on Wednesday evening. And if the Boohoo website was to be believed, then I should be able to receive it the next day on the Thursday – so on that basis, I ordered and paid for the next-day delivery.

Unfortunately it didn’t arrive the next day, or indeed the next day. In fact it wasn’t until Friday lunchtime (according to the online tracking) that my package was handed over to the courier for delivery at their facility in the UK – some 2 days after I ordered – and there was no way they would get it to Dublin and delivered in half a day!

And so the shirt I needed for my event on Saturday would not be delivered until Monday at the earliest. I got on to Boohoo to complain, and asked them to cancel the order, because the shirt was no use to me now. They said they couldn’t do that. So I asked if they could offer me compensation for the delay, and all they offered me was a refund of €1 – the difference between the next-day and standard delivery fees.

Needless to say, I’ll not be buying anything from them again!

New Gloves

I’m still loving the new bike, but I’m still getting used to the new riding position – whereby I’m less upright than on the old bike. And because of it, I’m supporting more weight on my hands, which has caused a bit of pain in my palms and numbness in my fingers on longer rides.

So I read that new gloves might help relieve the pressure, and so ordered some Chiba Comfort Gel Mitts. I’ve been using them for about a week now, and the difference is huge. I haven’t done any long rides yet (about the longest so far was about 5km) this week, but I can tell that the new gloves are really helping. There’s no sign of numbness, and the pain in my palms is much reduced.

Of course I’ve also read that hand pain can also be caused by a badly adjusted bike seat, so I may have to talk to the folks in my local bike shop to get some advice on how to change it.

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