And now for something a little more personal
I found a great book for my studies at UCLAN. There is only one copy in the University library and it seems like a popular book, so I decided to buy it. Off I went to my favourite on-line book store (no names) and tried to order it.
No joy on the UK site, the book is out of print :-(
Try the US site.
Cool, they have it. Not only that they have a link to an organisation that has copies at 25% of list price :-) Lovely. Let's order it.
Ehem ... nope. You need a US address, we won't mail overseas. :-(
No sweat. i have a good friend in the US and I visit regulary. I'll mail it there and collect it :-)
So pleased was I, that I contacted a fellow student. He asked me to buy him a copy too for such a great deal. 3 minutes later, order accepted :-)
Two days later I get a mail Sorry we are out of stock. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR :'-(
What company fails to know what they have in stock these days. Oh well. Back to the drawing board.