As is usually the way with my shopping habits, I really wanted something but didn't have money for it at the time. Watched it slowly sell out, sad face, moan, moan, moan, stalked it until I eventually found one in my size and yay, bought it! It happened a couple of weeks ago and it gave me the opportunity to try out the new Sunday service from ASOS. I've always been a big advocate for the ASOS UK Premier service, which I've used for years (I promise I've not been asked/paid to say any of this). If you don't know it's a yearly subscription and in return you receive free unlimited next/nominated day delivery, free returns (courier alongside the usual Collect+ or Royal Mail) along with every issue of the ASOS magazine, special sales, discounts and previews before regular customers. Lately with free postal returns and free shipping (albeit by a slower method), I've been thinking they might see a reduction in those taking up the offer. Personally I love the comfort of knowing if I need something in a rush, I have until 10pm to order and can get it the next day, plus for the price (£9.95), you would only need to use it twice for it to pay for itself. This new Sunday service and later cut off times for ordering I think are a brilliant addition to the scheme. There I was on a Saturday afternoon, clicking away and then got the surprise that I could have it in my hands the next day.
So you have until 5pm on Sat/Sun for next day and like I said 10pm during the week. You get a dispatch email from DPD/ASOS letting you know that your item has been sent and that someone should be home to sign for it (above, bottom left). You also have the option of changing times, asking that it be left with a neighbour etc but I've never had to use those myself. On the day of delivery, mid morning usually, you receive an email with an hour slot (middle image), which I find extremely helpful given that DPD deliver between 7am and 9pm! In this case it was between 12.15pm and 1.15pm, but don't be surprised to be given '2.26pm' and all kinds of random preciseness. The delivery folks can't actually access your info on that electronic device you sign, until between those allotted times (I've known them to ask me to wait a minute or two until it comes up if they are early), hence why they are so exact and they clearly have to stick to quite a rigid delivery schedule. Now if you've never stalked a DPD driver, you haven't lived! It's the most fun thing ever (or at least it is for me). We're rather fond of the driver in our house, I'm quite literally on first name terms with him (embarrassing tale of when he was at my sisters work and got her to sign for something then said "oh are you Gemma's sister?" and described our house and location exactly-hmmm a sign of too many ASOS parcels methinks, though I was impressed he knew I was her sister and not her Mum)! Anyway when you get that email in the morning, you can click 'follow my parcel' and up comes a map (shown above, bottom right) with where your driver is and your location and it'll say your delivery number and what delivery he's on right now (say you're 59 and he's on 23). So you can then vaguely guess if he'll be earlier or later within that hour (i.e. if you can or can't rush to the toilet!). All my deliveries have been on time or like I mentioned a minute early, so there's no waiting around all day and night, like other courier services.
So you're wondering what I got? Only an Ariel/Little Mermaid sweatshirt (now sold out), whoop, whoop! Look how pretty she is. Sorry, I can't guarantee the free crackers I got here! So I'd definitely recommend this new service, though I do feel guilty that the poor delivery man works 7-9, without a day off (it's always the same guy no matter which day/time I order). I'm sorry he works his fingers to the bone for my shopping addiction! Have you used the Premier service before, is it something you would consider?
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