Losing the lid
Published 06/12/2011 | 05:00
•I wanted to buy a wine pump -- a stopper which seals bottles of wine to keep them fresh.
I searched the internet and found them on a number of sites. Having heard all the campaigns about supporting Irish retailers I chose one in Dublin.
As I was going through the stages of the purchase, I suddenly got a message saying that the total in my shopping cart was less than €20, their minimum figure for online purchases. I decided that I didn't want to buy something I didn't need just to get to their minimum charge, so I immediately bought the pump on eBay from somebody in the UK, a company that didn't impose such limitations.