Wednesday 31 December 2008

The Curse of the Vouchers

I received vouchers back in August in recognition of my twenty years a Lifer. I spent £50 on an iPod docking station in November but was saving the rest for the January sales.

On my first attempt to hit the sales, on the 27th, I forgot to bring the vouchers with me. On my next attempt, having dropped Marie and Michael at the airport, I was told Comet were no longer accepting the vouchers as there was a Woolworths tie-in. So back went the breadmaker, kettle and toaster. B&Q wouldn't accept them either, despite Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q, being the issuer. Something fishy here and of suspect legality. Someone has the cash but isn't honouring the credit.

House of Fraser at least were accepting their vouchers without any problems, however the choice in Jenners was poorer than in years gone by and it was to Frasers that I had to go to find a suit. However, on returning home, I discovered it was nearly identical to one I already had. So, back into town again on Hogmanay to exchange it for another suit that wasn't the best fit but had to suffice in order to match the price paid for the previous suit.

I'm going to have to wait till I return to work to see if I can get a replacement for the £150 of Kingfisher vouchers that are now apparently worthless. All in all, I should have taken the cash for my long service award. The tax efficient vouchers have proved more bother than the saving was worth.

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