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The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - News -

hou­sands of Scots are likely to pay a post­code penalty as they o rd e r Christ­mas presents on­line. John Macken­zie, 65, from Dun­ve­gan, Skye, needed a new pull-cord for his chain­saw. Parker­brand, a com­pany based in Lin­coln, quoted £16.

But be­cause of his ad­dress, the £2.99 postage was re­placed with a £13.99 de­liv­ery charge.

“You could get the part into an A4 jiffy bag and send it nor­mal postage,” he said.

“I’ve come up against this be­fore but when you ex­plain we’re an is­land but we have a road bridge, com­mon sense usu­ally pre­vails. This time it didn’t.” Teresa Wymer, 55, and daugh­ter Re­becca, 24, from John O’Groats, Caith­ness, started the Stacks Cof­fee House and Bistro 18 months ago.

In that time, they be­lieve they have forked out thou­sands of pounds ex­tra in de­liv­ery charges.

Teresa said: “When we were set­ting up we were spend­ing around £300 to £400 ex­tra a month on de­liv­ery charges.

“Even buy­ing some­thing as sim­ple as a lit­tle washer for the cof­fee ma­chine you get hit with an ex­tra £3.99.

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