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I needed to get a couple of storage boxes from Ikea. Now I’m sure anyone who goes to Ikea knows that the place is always busy. I looked online to see if I could get them delivered, but it wasn’t worth it and I do only live 15 minutes (by car) away from it.

I decided to go on the access page, and I saw the little wheelchair sign. So I rang them, and it turns out they have motorised wheelchairs! I was so happy… No SERIOUSLY happy. The last time I went to Ikea I ended up being carted out on a trolley cause my back had seized up, and I never went back.

So I got there, and the people on the customer service desk were lovely and supplied me with a chair, I had to leave my car key with them though. I was shown where the lift was, and off I scooted.

That’s when it all started to go wrong.

The main aisle was OK, but if I wanted to look in any of the show homes I had to leave the chair because it can’t fit.

Guess how I found that out?

By getting stuck in the 1 bedroom house show home.

I was there for ages, and eventually tried to reverse back out the way I came. That’s when I heard a really awful sound. These chairs have a noise to indicate reversing. Now Sainsbury’s chair has a nice beep, this one was loud enough to tell Pluto I’m reversing! It was awful I didn’t even want to press it.

Once I got out of there, there were loads of  boxes of stuff to be put out in my way, so I had to manoeuvre my way round them. The lever to move started hurting my hand, and when I got to the lift to go downstairs to pay, I found out it was out of order and had to go all the way back to the first one. Not impressed at all. The actual staff were lovely, but if you’re going to provide a service, do it properly, or don’t do it at all.


I got a reply from my letter.

They are coming to collect the phone on Monday, and will try to fix it or will send me a new one. I’m thinking of doing one of three things if I get a new phone.

1) Keep it and use it.

Honestly I think the phone is fantastic, it really does have everything I want. Thing is, when I thought it was dead, I started looking at new phones and have fallen in love with another one…

2) Sell it on ebay and put it towards buying a new phone.

I really really want the HTC Desire. It’s a beautiful phone and has great reviews, from experts and everyday users. I persuaded a friend to get one, and he loves it. He isn’t a phone freak, but just wanted something new, and so I told him that it ‘the phone’.

Now when I say he isn’t a phone freak, I actually mean he’s phone phobic. He has never sent a text, and didn’t even know how to put the keypad lock on his phone. Now he’s texting and all sorts. I’d have to put the rest on my credit card, and since I’m in debt already….

3) Sell it on ebay and put the money towards paying off my credit card.

As I do have debt now, I guess I should make every effort to pay it off. I’ve got myself a very basic handset for my Tesco sim that I use for dialling 0870 numbers. It’s got a speaker and a calender. To be honest that is all I need from a phone. The other bits are just nice. I’m going to use it as my main phone when I send the Nokia away and see if I can really live without a camera and all the other stuff, and maybe even a bit longer.

On one hand I feel like I deserve a treat, on the other hand, I don’t want to get into debt for silly shit. There are blood tests and things I want to have done, and if I’m not going to put those on my card because I’m worried about paying for them, why am I going to do that for a phone?  I just typed myself out of number 2! So it’s selling it to pay off some of my credit card or keeping the phone.

I’m got something very important in the works, and if it goes my way, I’ll have a really happy announcement to make. Pray for me! x x x


I’m so so so pissed off. I took my time in choosing a phone, I went with Nokia as I’ve mostly been a Nokia fan and they are generally reliable. I ordered an N86 in October, and I thought… Still think actually, that the phone is a hidden gem that was overlooked because of the touch screen revolution.

It has an 8MP camera which is good to use. I can get on the internet fairly quickly, the calender is great, it syncs well with my computer, it has 8gb so I can put loads of stuff on it, and the speakers are good so I can put music on it and play them through the headset. It’s MY perfect phone.

Then I had to start wrapping the wire around the phone for it to charge. After a few weeks of that it just stopped working all together. So I bought a new charger, and it didn’t work.  After much to-ing and fro-ing, I’ve ended up sending this letter to Nokia and I hope they respond with a positive response. If not, I will never own a product from them again, and will trash their name to everyone.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I chose a Nokia N86 when I entered into an 18 month contract with o2 in October 2008.

The charging port has become loose twice now in the past 2 months.

I’ve sent it back to my network (o2), and one of your care points, and both places informed me that it’s not covered under the 2 year warranty because it’s apparently customer misuse. I’ve been also told that if the port comes loose again, it will be unfixable.

If you look on your discussion forum, and a google search “Nokia 86 charging port”, you will see that there are many people with this problem, we can’t all be heavy handed!

So here I am only 6 months into an 18 month contract, with a broken phone. I’m very disappointed as I’ve been an dedicated Nokia phone user since the days of the ‘banana’ phone.

Both Car Phone Warehouse and the independent mobile repair shop I’ve used, have said this is a common problem, and that the port hasn’t been fitted securely in the first place.

The Sale of Goods Act 1979 makes it an implied term of the contract that goods be as described, of satisfactory quality and fit for purpose. As you are in breach of contract I am entitled to have the phone replaced and I would request that you confirm that you will do this within the next seven days.
I also require you to confirm whether you will arrange for the N86 to be collected or will reimburse me for the cost of returning it.

I look forward to hearing from you

Let’s see what they’ll say.


I’ve had my N95 for about 2 years now, and want to upgrade as the back of the phone is being held on with cellotape, and the camera flash has stopped working. Thing is, I don’t want to tie myself into a contract. Also the phone I’m using for my Tesco PAYG chip is so bulky that I can’t carry about as it makes my bag heavy. This means I’m dialing 0870 numbers from my main mobile which defeats the object of having the PAYG.

So I’ve decided I’m happy getting 2 used phones, and have decided to look on ebay so I can get it as cheaply as possible. I’m used to Nokia’s and Ericsson’s, so I’m going to be getting one of these.

I’ve set up some searches and have saved them, butt I’m getting frustrated because when I look at the completed items, I’m seeing phones in my price range that didn’t show up on the search. It’s very very annoying.


Finally after months of searching, I have a car. I’m so pleased because that means that I have a bit of my independence back and will work towards being able to drive long distances again.

I ended up getting it from Leeds from an ad I saw on ebay. As soon as I saw it I knew it was the one.

I had a bit of palaver getting the money out from my bank though, I didn’t realise that you need to order money if you are taking out more than £500.

Anyway it’s been so well looked after, I even have the original recipe for the car when it was new! I have named my baby Chilli, and will definitely look after this one better than my Corsa.


So far this year I bought a used laptop, a 2nd hand bed, and now a used car.

As I bought the car for less than the budget I decided to treat myself to a brand new entertainment system that has everything: Bluetooth so I can hear my phone calls and any music on my phone over my car speakers, a usb port so I can plug in a flash drive and listen to music,  and an aux facility to plug in a mp3 player. I was going to buy it from Halfords and get it fitted there too.

I went to my local one and spoke to one of the audio fitters, and he didn’t seem very clued up, I really didn’t trust this person to touch the electrics of my car.

I went on Ebay, and found the same set I was looking at for half the price, it’s used, and still had a 6 month warranty. I found a local audio fitter on Google. When I phoned to ask for prices the man told to me come in before I buy the set to make sure it can be done as the car is old.

I was very happy with the attention to detail he gave, and he showed me the 2 ways he could install it. I went with the cheaper version which means that the old system will still be there, so if I decide to sell Chilli, I could take the system out and rewire the old one to work again.

The cost of the used system and fitting is less than the cost of the new system in Halfords!

The set came on Friday and I went straight to the fitters and it was done within half an hour. I drove home listening to songs on my phone via bluetooth, and even took a call. They said they could hear me clearly which I was very happy about.

Second hand doesn’t always mean that they’ll be cheaper though. As I explained when I bought my laptop, there were cheaper ones that I could buy new, but I’d much rather buy something used, that has won lots of plaudits, and awards, than a cheap new product that is going to fall apart in a year.

However in other cases, when the new ones aren’t going to last that long anyway, I’m all for buying cheap stuff. I looked for car mats, and Argos ended up being the best place for them.

I definitely think that it’s worth looking for a second hand version first.

A few weeks ago when I stayed at my flat to get away from the world, I decided that when I move back, I’m going to utilise all the secondhand furniture that it is possible to get nowadays.

Last night, I was sitting on my bed, and felt the base drop and break. When I laid down, my legs are a lot further down than the rest of my body. I’m sure that it will be no surprise when I say my back and neck are very stiff and painful this morning.

I immediately started to look for a new one, as a bed is really important for the health, especially as my neck and back aren’t 100% anyway. They were all really expensive, then I remembered my decision to look at second hand goods first.

I was dubious about using a mattress that someone else had used, until I remembered that I used to stay in hotels for work weekly, and they definitely didn’t change the mattress when each guest checked out!

The first place I had a look at is Freecycle and there were a couple of beds in my area, but they were doubles not singles. Next was Ebay, there were none in my area, that would be ending today. Gumtree didn’t have anything either, and I was starting to think I was going to have to shell out for a new one.

Then I remembered that my old flatmate gave her furniture to charity, there was nothing wrong with any of them, but she was downsizing.

So I went to the  Oxfam site. Luckily there is a furniture shop not too far from my home. I phoned them up and they had 3 single beds in store. I got my dad to give me a lift there, and found a comfy looking bed (they were all stood up, so no chance of trying it before buying), for £24.99. It has storage underneath, which is something the old bed didn’t have.

I’ve just woken up from a nap on it, and I’m very pleased with my purchase.

They had some lovely items, and will definitely be using it when I move back home.

As I said in this post, I needed to bring back a pair a dress back to New Look and wanted to see if I could find the shoes I liked in Clarks.

I parked relatively easily and took the lift into the shopping centre. It was madness. There were kids everywhere, running, shouting and their parents were not remotely interested. There were gangs of teenagers, standing round trying to act nonchalant.

The shops were full of people grabbing things like the world was ending. It was  just all a big mess. It was really busy and took me ages to negotiate my way round to New Look. I got stopped by about 3 different charity reps and catalogue reps on the way. Being able to pretend to only speak Spanish is great! LOL

When I got there, the queue was practically out the door so I turned back and went into Clarks. Two steps in I had been shoved twice! I located the shoes easily, and luckily the queue wasn’t long. While in the queue, I got hit in the back of my legs, when I looked, it was a buggy being pushed by a toddler, the baby in it wasn’t strapped in and looked like it was going to drop out.

I said to the toddler ‘be careful with the baby love’, and then got the dirtiest look from the mother that said mind your own business. When the buggy is being pushed into to me it is my business!

As I paid I told the assistant I didn’t want the box, just the shoes, and she told me I had to have it! I told her I could manage it, and she gave me pure attitude. So I let her put it in the bag, and then I took it out, pulled out the shoes and put them in the bag with the dress.

Even though it was only a dress and a pair of shoes, the bag felt soo heavy. I was almost crying by the time I got to the car.

The next day I remembered there was a tiny New Look on  a little high St, near the house so popped in there early and got a refund.

I will not be going to any type of shopping centre until September. I’m not well enough to defend myself if I had to, or run away!

I think the postage and possible return costs of online shopping easily outweigh the busyness, rudeness, parking and petrol costs of going out.

Oh and the shoes I got from Clarks? Even though it’s a tiny wedge (less than an inch), wearing them yesterday was really painful. I’ve worn them now so I can’t take them back, but I’m going to keep them and see if I have any health improvement if I’ll be able to wear them. If not, then ebay it is.