The Sunday Post (Inverness)

Driver gets hit for £99 to get 10-litre of oil to island home

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Jonathan Jobson, mini-bus driver, Isle of Eigg

LIVING on a remote island and having no choice but to do much of your shopping online you quickly become used to the delivery premiums added when checking out.

A postcode surcharge is the norm for many websites while hidden in the delivery details section of others is the dreaded script “excluding the Scottish Highlands and Islands”. However, even I was surprised when a recent attempt at purchasing 10 litres of engine oil on ebay – priced at £37.74 – came up with a delivery surcharge of £99. Changing the delivery details to my mother’s Glasgow address saw that £99 disappear completely to be replaced with the words “free postage and packing”. How can that be? Free to the Central Belt but £99 to be delivered to the Caledonian Macbrayne office in Mallaig, which is as far as any courier gets, the shipping company then being responsibl­e for the final delivery.

It isn’t the first time this has happened to me and it won’t be the last.

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Jonathan Jobson

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