Sometimes there are days, when you only wonder what else can go wrong…
I have had a string of just such days recently and some thing in particular affects my perfume life, so I am going to shortly address it here.
Read on at your own peril…
The Austrian Post office was never a place of pure comfort. Dealing with unmotivated and massively uninformed clerks was routine. Having to inquire over lost things was routine and dealing with a nearly analphabetic mail man (imagine!!!) was also an infuriating routine. But now I have had it!
I regularly send packages, giveaway winner’s samples, perfumed packages to fellow bloggers and friends, I go to the post office at least once a week and it was never a cheap venture. But now the prices were jacked up in an obcene way. It costs me 25€ to send a small package of two or three sample vials! That is no longer an option I am afraid.
When I went to the post office today to send off the five giveaway packages and two more for friends, I was presented with the “economy” option of 120€ (six weeks on the road though!) and the “regular” option for 155€. Are they completely crazy???
There is no way that this can be true?! Obviously they have no desire to transport mail any longer, because no normal person would consider paying such outrageous prices. The explanation was that they had to comply to international standards, a blatant lie, if I ever heard one. I know what it costs to ship small parcels from other countries, since I get those regularly and I, for one, am able to read.
I am currently investigating alternative options, but there are not many. Austria is no third world country for God’s sake! I probably shouldn’t vent here, but since this affects the way I can interact with all of you, it makes me furious. I love being a part of a caring community, I love sending out perfumes I love for others to experience, I love to hold a draw now and again. But I can’t and won’t pay through my nose for the privilege.
The five winners of this weeks giveaway, please be patient for a few days, while I try to find the most economic option to send out your parcels. They will be sent as fast as possible!
Think how much perfume one can get for 155€ (not to speak of more essential things)! I just can’t afford or justify that amount of money for shipping.
Sorry for repeating myself and for the emotional outbreak, but I know that you are the ones who understand me best, since you are sending out loving, fragant missives into the world as well…