Spirits Corner shipping fees - what happened?!

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By Rimbaud on Saturday, January 26, 2002 - 03:06 pm: Edit

The delicatessen specialist you can trust????

By Hyperturtle on Saturday, January 26, 2002 - 07:30 am: Edit

For all, this is the list of reasons SC sent out last year regarding the price increases. Everyone that had ordered from them before was warned.

Dear customer,

It has been quite some weeks that we have not contacted you with novelties. We are preparing some of them, and we will contact you soon.

Nevertheless, this time I am writing you to tell you that by the 1st January we will have some big changes:

1. All prices will be changed into EUROS. Up to now we have been showing the prices both in Spanish Pesetas and Euros, but the invoicing was done in Euros. By the 1st january everything will appear in Euros, although the value WILL BE EXACTLY THE SAME. We will not increase prices because of the Euro.

2. But on the other side, the Alcohol Tax is increased by about 10%, which will result in a price increase between 4 and 8% on the high alcoholic products. Products like our wine, champagne, olive oil, etc. will not be affected by the price increase.

3. The Post has already told us that there will be a substantial increase on the postal tariff, due to increased costs for the heavy security meassures that have been taken nearly worldwide. Some transport companies are already making us pay these meassures. This will result in an increase of the transport tariffs that we are using in our website.

Well, the news are quite bad, I know. I would counsell you to take advantage of the present prices, and if possible, I would like to ask you to place orders in novemer, since in december, due to the Christmas traffic, deliveries could become very complicated.

If you have any question, please feel free, as usual, to contact us.

Best regards,

Federico H. Lafuente
The Fine Spirits Corner
www.spiritscorner.com
The delicatessen specialist you can trust.

By Cheri on Friday, January 25, 2002 - 12:06 pm: Edit

ARGH ARGH ARGH!!!! SC shipping costs HURT HURT HURT..I may have to get a second job to support my absinthe habit!

By Louched_Liver on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 06:41 pm: Edit

Wolfgang,
For the time honored male reason-they don't like each other.

Yours in clarity,
LL

By Wolfgang on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 06:34 pm: Edit

Dhu!?

Well...I guess I'm too drunk from this Segarra-Sebor mix to understand why you guys are fighting...Holy burp!

By Tavarua on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:53 pm: Edit

So much Shtick, so little time. I'm afraid my hearts just not into a cyber battle right know.

By Head_Prosthesis on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:49 pm: Edit

"Guess I got a lot a gas."

You know what Tavvy? I went and took a shit, showered and shaved. I had hoped you'd come up with something spectacular, maybe even something jocular... but alas all you come back with is "Guess I got a lot a gas".

Damn, that zinger really stung.

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:48 pm: Edit

and while you're at 7-11 picking up tissues, grab me a couple of bottles of Segarra... that's a good little beeyatch!

By Tavarua on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:44 pm: Edit

Yup, there it is, if anyone wants me, I'll be in the corner wetting myself to sleep.

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:41 pm: Edit

and it's pronounced beeyatch fucko...

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:33 pm: Edit

What's that smell...

By Tavarua on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:31 pm: Edit

Guess I got a lot a gas.

By Head_Prosthesis on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:28 pm: Edit

That's gas from more than just one orifice Tavvy.

By Tavarua on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:25 pm: Edit

Gas from my ass, ass, ass. And (dramatic pause) I'm spent.

By Head_Prosthesis on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:23 pm: Edit

Cry... cry... cry...


If you don't stop picking it it'll never heal.

By Tavarua on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:22 pm: Edit

"I made you cry."

If by this, you mean you made my dick itch, well then, I guess you're right. You made my dick itch, that's about it.


"He'll make you ball up in the corner of a room and wet yourself to sleep for weeks."

BBBBBBRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUFFFFFFFF. Did you here that. It's the sound my ass makes when gas comes out. Wanna hear it again.

By Head_Prosthesis on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 04:03 pm: Edit

Don't fuck with Pikkle, Tikky Tavvy.

I made you cry.

He'll make you ball up in the corner of a room and wet yourself to sleep for weeks.

By Tavarua on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 02:36 pm: Edit

"Well... just go down to the 7-11 and buy yourself a whole load of Deva then... oh you can't! Ahahahaha... it's called "tough shit." Hey, they're not in business to make you happy, they're in business to make money... facts of life. Ciao!"

You go girl.

Hey, fucko, no need to be a dick. If you want to argue that Spiritscorner has excellent service, go ahead. If you want to say their method of shipping is good, it is. But if you want to be a shitbird and take their side on the issue of the excesive rate hike, well I say up you're nose with a rubber hose, biiootch.

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 12:12 pm: Edit

Oh no, you've yet to try any Slobovian absinthe... it'll make Hill's taste like La Bleue! Death to Slobovia!

By Verawench on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 11:56 am: Edit

Those damn Czechs are the real terrorists.

By Maldoror on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 11:47 am: Edit

I thought Absinthe was a biological weapon?

By Heiko on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 11:38 am: Edit

Ahhh! Double post - damn!!

By Heiko on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 11:36 am: Edit

I still think alcoholic beverages should be less trouble since sept. 11th.
Which Islamic terrorist would send alcoholic beverages around?

Before sept 11th border officials would bitch around like "no alcohol in the mail", "what's this, absinthe? Wait, it's not allowed"
Now, the only reaction should be "Oh thank god it's just good ol' (Christian) booze and no bomb or biological weapon!"

Well, maybe it's not like that, but it should be!

By Heiko on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 11:36 am: Edit

I still think alcoholic beverages should be less trouble since sept. 11th.
Which Islamic terrorist would send alcoholic beverages around?

Before sept 11th border officials would bitch around like "no alcohol in the mail", "what's this, absinthe? Wait, it's not allowed"
Now, the only reaction should be "Oh thank god it's just good ol' (christian) booze and no bomb or biological weapon!"

Well, maybe it's not like that, but it should be!

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 10:18 am: Edit

They post office has flip flopped on that with me several times... I got a notice once of a package there... so I went to pick it up... I knew exactly what it was but was curious as to why they didn't simply leave it at the door like always. When I gave the woman my slip I inquired about the change. She stated that all international packages had to be signed for. This was all before 9/11. Then my last shipment, sometime around the beginning of December was left at the door... go figure.

By Joalco on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 10:06 am: Edit

My last order arrived via USPS, however this was the first shipment that's ever been registered. I had to go wait in line for damn near an hour, then when I gave the clerk my package slips he looked at them and said,"Hmm. These are in the "accountable" case. It'll be a few minutes."

I sat waiting nervously, but eventually the two packages were given to me, safe and sound...

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 09:48 am: Edit

This is getting kind of like the wait for "IT." No, I'm glad there are honest offerings in the works, I'm appreciative of the fact that several people had the wherewithal, the knowledge and the gumption to undertake such a project and I'm sure every intention is good to deliver. But the bottom line is we are all the consumers here and we're thirsty! I've been in the business world for years and one of the most basic philosophies espoused and rightly so is that your customer need never know of your troubles. Give us a date and if it doesn't come to fruition all that needs to be said is that there has been a delay and that's all. Anything else produces wild speculation and an uneasy sentiment. We'll wait, we don't need to know why, we just need to know it's coming.

By Chevalier on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 09:23 am: Edit

Yeah, waiting for Jade varies between gladness that it's been undertaken at all and frustration that it's still not being sold. Waiting aside, I think it's a hell of a thing that two forum guys put their money where their mouths were and took on the challenge of mass-producing absinthe the hard way ... not just for themselves or their friends, but for all of us with cash in hand. Consider yourself lucky, amigo, for (1) knowing about Jade, and (2) being around to eventually taste it.

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 08:39 am: Edit

Hey Don, I'd like to place my order then! NOW!

By Verawench on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 08:30 am: Edit

They've been switching to private shipping companies, I believe. My last order was delivered via FedEx.

By Krinkov on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 10:10 pm: Edit

Does anyone know for sure what method of shipment they are currently using? SC that is...maybe it would be worth sending an email. Not that it would make my shipment any faster I suppose.

By Don_Walsh on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 10:01 pm: Edit

I think this is the difference between shipping by post and shipping by that obscure air cargo outfit in Memphis.

As to why SC has made that move, I would merely be speculating.

However, if SC is now charging $55 shipping for two bottles, I can assure you that shipping for two bottles of Jade from Bangkok is SIGNIFICANTLY less than that! But we ain't gonna use the boys from Tenn.

By Pikkle on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 07:23 pm: Edit

Well... just go down to the 7-11 and buy yourself a whole load of Deva then... oh you can't! Ahahahaha... it's called "tough shit." Hey, they're not in business to make you happy, they're in business to make money... facts of life. Ciao!

By Tavarua on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 03:25 pm: Edit

Especially considering that shipping was the most expensive part to begin with.

By Tavarua on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 03:24 pm: Edit

That's the first negative strike for SC. The price of shipping from SC is "reasonable" at best. An increase of 100% is far from reasonable, and it's undoubtedly because of the overseas increase in interest.

By Artemis on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 03:03 pm: Edit

If memory serves me correctly, SC made a post here and/or sent out emails late last year to the effect their shipping costs (and therefore shipping fees) were going to go up significantly after the turn of the year. I don't remember exact numbers.

By Pgwerner on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 03:00 pm: Edit

I last ordered from Spirits Corner in January of 2000. I ordered two bottles of Deva and paid $25 for shipping. That effectively doubled the cost of the absinthe, but it was still reasonable.

I was thinking of picking up a couple more bottles from SC, but when I checked the site, shipping prices for one or two bottles had gone up to 63 Euros/$55! That's an increase of $30!

What happend?! Has the price of international shipping gone up dramatically after Sept 11th?

Peter

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