The local timber merchants are clearing a space for display models of a variety of sheds.
The problem is, no-one can have one for at least 9 weeks.
When we looked before lockdown, we were faced with around £500, so I put the penny pinching hat on and started saving towards it. Today, they wanted £698 for a shed measuring 5 feet by 7 feet, but that did include VAT, delivery and the guys erecting it.
Later in the afternoon we went to one of the big DIY stores which had loads of sheds a few weeks ago from around £300 but we were only just looking then.
Today they had NONE.
And the best bit? Delivery would not be for 18 weeks if they could get them.
No, we could not put down a deposit to secure the order and guarantee the price, we were expected to pay the full amount then wait patiently until they could deliver. At least the price was the same, but 18 weeks??
Apparently they were catching up on the prelockdown order backlog, then all orders placed during the lockdown would have to be filled, and finally new orders. Bearing in mind the old adage of supply and demand, somehow we didn’t think we would get one in 18 weeks, and then trying to get our money back could prove difficult. A credit note would not be acceptable to us, even if we could afford to pay out £300 now and potentially get nothing until almost Christmas.
He is now seriously considering building his own from scratch.
I am curious though. During the lockdown when places were shut, why did ‘so many people’ place orders for items that were unavailable and delivery dates could not be given?
Anyway in between shed shopping, we went to the local supermarket on the way back from collecting my prescription.
The car park was pretty full, but there were no queues and no-one was on the door monitoring numbers, so gloved, masked and armed with a trolley as my distance socialiser, I marched in.
It was busy.
People hanging around poking and prodding produce then leaving it on the shelf, no-one giving a toss about anyone else and it was business as normal.
They never have all the tills open anyway, but all the self service tills were open today having remained closed since restrictions were implemented.
Some prices have gone up, kiwis are now 29p each, and my solitary pear was 42p. I haven’t bought grapes for a few weeks, opting for nectarines instead as I got 6 for 95p today.
I spent around £17 and stocked up with some basics so that we don’t have to do a weekly shop in the next town, especially after our last trip in.
Hubby counted 54 people go into the shop without wearing a mask for the time I was in there, which was just half an hour.
The sums are frightening.
The shop is open from 8am until 10pm, so that’s 14 hours, or 28 half hours.
Fifty four times 28 is 1512 people potentially entering the store without masks a day (well, Monday to Saturday and only 8 hours or 16 half hours x 54 = 864 ) so in a week that is 9936 unmasked customers. Taking into account 1 infected person could infect 3, well, you do the math.
However, the authorities will be clapping their hands in glee at my estimated 9936 people being fined £100 each for not wearing a mask when it becomes compulsory to do so on the 24th (and about time IMO). That’s £993,600…….. a week…… in one store in a small town.
That is, if they’ve got the police available to enforce it.