10 pains of online shopping that everyone will understand

first_img5. There are extra security hoops to jump throughThose three words that instil terror in the souls of online shoppers, ‘Verified by Visa’.Why can we never remember our password? Why does it insist on locking us out of our account JUST as we get to the top of the queue on Ticketmaster?6. Double addressesWe already entered our address. Now we need a billing address and a delivery address and it’s all the same because we only ever buy stuff for ourselves and why can’t you just accept that?7. UncertaintyOh dear God why hasn’t it confirmed.8. The delivery methodsFirst there are the hidden charges, then there’s the whole wait for the tracking information to be updated… mental torture.9. You’re bound to them for LIFEOr at least until you unsubscribe from their incessant mailing lists. The dreaded ‘recommended for you’ emails from Amazon and promotional newsletters that will tell you how to ‘keep cosy for Christmas’. We didn’t ask for this harrowing fate, it was inflicted upon us.Basically, this is your inbox every day. You can check out, but you can never leave.10. The waitThere’s nothing worse than the ‘surprise’ arrival of drunk purchases. Well, except the wait when we actually really want something. The whole point of shopping is that we get gratification NOW.Oh convenience and technological advancements, why do you take so much from us? Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen visited Santa together and sat on his knee>Best family ever cover We Can’t Stop to create brilliant Christmas card> ONLINE SHOPPING IS a massive pain. Sure, you can avoid the queues, do it in your pyjamas and easily compare prices.But still, the horror. Anyone who has ever cruised the vast realms of eCommerce can identify with these annoyances. Smug online shoppers, be no more.1. Navigating is a terrorUnless you know EXACTLY what you’re after, it’s a wild web out there.So many categories. So many links.2. Estimating sizes and converting sizesGrand so there’s S, L, XL, but what of it?! So XS is a 6, is that an american 6 or a UK 6? Why does it say Europe 28? Ireland is in Europe. Why are there so many measurements?Click into the sizing charts if you dare. IS THAT MY WAIST?3. Your basket isn’t actually there in front of youYou’re mid browse and you’ve pretty much forgotten the dozens of things your basket is telling you you’ve committed to buying. Clicking on it takes you to the payment zone aka the fifth circle of hell where escaping is not an option. Source: Shutterstock4. Reviews wreck all buzzes that ever buzzedWhile they can be a help, they can also hinder. Your heart is set on something and some lad named Dennis from Kentucky said it’s crap. What to do now?Might just pick up that book I wanted to read instead…last_img read more

Another €500m of TBills for sale this week

first_imgTHE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency (NTMA) has announced it will hold another auction of €500 million of Treasury Bills this week.The auction will take place this Thursday with a three-month maturity to 19 August offered on the bills.In April, the NTMA sold the same amount of bills with total bids received for them amounting to 4.8 times the amount on offer. The bills sold last month had a yield of 0.19 per cent.These auctions are part of a series of sales by Ireland as it attempts to return to normal lending markets.The sale on Thursday will be conducted on the Bloomberg Auction System and bills will be listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.Read: Ireland sells €500m of Treasury Bills at auction>Read: Ireland buys back €500 million of its own bonds>last_img read more