In an uncharacteristic fit of organization, Mike shopped for Christmas this year in the middle of December. I had suggested that a black leather jacket might be in my future, so bless him, off he went to follow directions. Apparently he thinks I’m still 130 pounds, because the jacket I opened Christmas morning was a tad small. Knowing that retailers here don’t process returns on Boxing Day, we trotted downtown to find a suitable jacket on the 26th (looking for bargains). The store where he’d shopped tried really hard (lovely young sales clerk) to help, but there was just one jacket with the sleeves long enough and I didn’t like the way it looked on me. So, off we trotted to another store, found two jackets (one black, one red (!)) for less than the price of the original, and I went home happy.
The next day, Mike and I tootled off to the mall to return the too-small jacket, where we were informed that the store policy was to allow only 7 days for returns and 14 days for exchanges. The clerk was snooty, told us “This is a high end store.” (like that should matter; maybe with high end service?) I asked if there was no allowance made for Christmas gifts, and was told no, the only thing that matters is the date it was purchased. ??? If I wanted to speak to the manager, I was to come back the next morning.
So, last evening I checked out the Boutique of Leathers (oops, did I put that in writing?) website where it states, yes, there is a 7 day refund policy. Right under that it says (and I quote) “December Christmas purchases refunds or exchanges must be done by December 31st.” Now, I did a little poll and all my friends agreed that it sounds like they will make accommodation for Christmas shopping done before December 24th. I printed off the page, armed myself with my cell phone and corporate headquarters phone number, and away we went this morning. I insisted that Mike come along, because my first instinct in confrontation is to run away, and my second instinct is to cry. Hardly constructive. Well, the manager greeted us by standing by the 7 day policy, and didn’t seem at all fazed by the website printout. I took out my phone, called Calgary and wandered to the other end of the store. While I was talking to customer “service” Mike said to the manager “You should be concerned. She’s very good at this.” My history would indicate otherwise, but I hit my groove and insisted. The bottom line is that they made an exception for me, since we have been good customers in the past (2 jackets in 15 years). I intend to watch the website and see if they make any clarifications about the Christmas policy, but I am still incredulous that there is a retail outlet that doesn’t appear to have special return/exchange policies to allow for Christmas shopping. When we left the store, we were all smiley, promising to drop in if they get new stock with long sleeves, but it is unlikely that I’ll darken their doors again. I may also tell everyone who will listen that the Boutique of Leathers has a rather unreasonable return policy. (oops, did I put that in writing again?) Even mattress stores give you time to actually use the product and change your mind…Anyways, I’m happy, I have two jackets for the price of one, and Mike exchanged the camera lens I got him for one that ate up the Visa credit from the leather store. Gotta love consumerism.
All this nonsense aside, we had a lovely Christmas, albeit Geoff-free, and now I only have to wait a few days before I take down the decorations and re-claim my house. I spent the last few days knitting a new scarf:
The stitch pattern came from here:
Patons pattern from 1983; who says I never use old stuff? The fibre is Juniper from Sirdar , Mulberry (515). It was fun to work with, although at 60 metres the scarf took two and half balls. (Good thing it matches both new jackets.)
Andy was thrilled with his new hat. It was purchased at a store.
In my own defence, I could very easily have knit one like the store-bought one, but my time was taken up answering the “fuzzy pink challenge”.
It looks just as bad in person.
Dominica’s little pink scarf was appreciated:
and we got nothing for the dogs. They didn’t seem to care, although Attie did sulk a bit.
I now have another gift certificate from Prairie Lily thanks to Geoff. (He organized that all the way from Puerto Rico.) Now I definitely have to commit to a major project. What to do, what to do?
Thanks to all who have dropped by my blog in its first year. I’ve had fun, and intend to continue in 2008. It’s typical of my timing, though, that I just get going on a blog at the same time everyone seems to be migrating to Ravelry. I got my invite, but am being a bit stubborn. I’ll be here if you want to keep checking back. Happy New Year!