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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.

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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.

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