My Dishwasher broke before Christmas 2012 and then went to SMEG's website to see if they could help me locate a local company who could do the repairs. There is a handy postcode engineer locator. I popped in my postcode and hey presto got four companies returned that are relatively local to me. I called what seemed to be the most established and professional companies "Academy Engineering" ...from the first initial call it took 2 weeks to get an engineer to look at the machine then 4 weeks to get the part and an engineer back to install it..... The part was installed (pump - yes that old chestnut....) but the machine stopped working 2 days after the instillation - but hey no worries the work is under guarantee right......then called Academy Engineering to rebook the engineer and was told they needed to get another pump from SMEG .... they said they would call back ..... they didn't. Called them after waiting 4 weeks and they said that it was hard to get the pumps from SMEG.... he apologised (same each time....) and said he'd phone later in the week - he hasn't.
I'm extremely annoyed that SMEG don't run a quality check on who they are recommending to do repairs for their machines....
Academy Engineering - sort out the guy who is booking in your jobs!!
Every time I have the trauma of getting to an airport at some ungodly hour to stand in a huge snaking line for what feels like an eternity to be told the flight is delayed and then when finally boarded to be charged a days wages for an insipid cup of tea with a damp sandwich I tell myself... NEVER NEVER again!!! and then before i realise what i am doing i am booking another flight on Ryan Air. Will I never learn......that's the power of pricing.....get em' in on the initial number £0.00 then cross sell/upsell/power sell/tea sell/ everything costs sell! and hey presto i'm being fleeced just for being a sucker on initial price sell....
Foxtons are the kings of pushing the prices up so that's why i always sell my houses through them.....but not to buy through them. For that i always go to a little estate agent and find a hidden Gem(s ) that perhaps Foxtons can not be bothered with or the seller thinks their commision is too steep.
Overall I think they are a reasonable company but they have been known to dance the edges.
I'm giving Zoopla Five Stars just for the sheer brilliance of the data they provide and how they disply it. Yes sometimes the evaluations comparatively are skewed but overall the service is a fascinating peek into what mostly has been kept under wraps for the last 200 years!
I often use it to get an idea of house valuations on a street that i am thinking of buying on. More often than not it gives me invaluable assistance in making the correct bid price ;)
Pretty much 100% uptime on their broadband and never seems to drop in bandwidth. Might be contention ratios but it's a very good service and the help line, whenever i have needed it, has friendly and competent employees (with no hard to understand accents....thankgod!)
Virgin Airlines give excellent service for money - every time i fly with them i've had a very pleasant experience. They often go an extra mile to be friendly and helpful and that makes the difference between a good service and a great service.
EasyJet or SleazyJet as some of my friends like to say......are the prices fair for what you get .... hard to say tbh.....
Lets compare a flight from London to Geneva using EasyJet and British Airways (leaving in 2 weeks time - a fair test i think) with 1 bag to check in (important as EasyJet charge per bag)
EasyJet: £161.93 ( inc. £9 admin charge for credit card + 1 bag £19 )
BritishAirways: £ 249.60 (inc. all - bags / food etc)
EasyJet wins on price on this occasion but the hidden value parts that BA offer are 1. no jam packed waiting areas/cues to check-in 2. flights leave on time 3. you get a drink and a snack included. 4. your plane is not orange *
I cannot think of one bad thing to say about Play.com - Awesome!]
Always find a book/cd etc that I want and hey the delivery is FREE!! Which always makes me want to buy from them.
Great job Play!com
Overpriced sub standard food marketed skillfully to the masses.....the bullies of the food industry crushing anyone in their path.
Tesco have ZERO interest in their products they sell - it's only profit they focus on......
Why on earth would you shop at TESCO!
Waitrose is simply hands down the best Super Market in Britain..... nothing comes close in terms of quality of food for price and the variety of product lines on offer - far far more lines than Tesco/Sainsburys etc. I think their slogan(s) say it all - "Waitrose - quality food, honestly priced" and "Their is little more important in life than the food you eat"
Waitrose are this and more - my big hope is that consumers start to understand that you get what you pay for and Waitrose are better value for money than the other big four by a mile.....
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