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A temporary standing desk

So all last year the rage seemed to be about standing desks.

After all, sitting in a chair is basically cutting your life short.

But rather than forking out £300+ for a basic adjusting height desk, or more for one with electric motors, I thought I’d first see if I liked it.

standing desk made from cardboard box

I ‘built’ this one last night.

Amazon’s Returns Policy Rocks!

So last year I had a problem with a pair of AKG K451 headphones I bought back in. Out of the warranty period, I wasn’t expecting anything, though jumped on live chat with Amazon and thought I’d give it a try.

Usually, you’d be told the warranty period had ended.

But this is Amazon. After more than 2 years, and despite the fact I bought from a third-party seller who was only using Amazon for fulfilment purposes, they gave me a free returns label and refunded me when I sent them back.


More recently, I had a pair of walking boots that after wearing one of the boots had the insole slip to the back. A quick live chat with Amazon, and they said I could send them back for a free replacement.

Even better, they sent me a replacement before I even sent them back.


It does make me wonder what happens to these returns – whether they get thrown out, returned to the manufacturer, or what. Possibly a future blog post?


P.S. If I’d have bought in-person from a store, the Consumer Rights Act (formerly Sale of Goods Act) would apply.

Make sure you haggle on your car insurance!

When I first got my car around this time last year, the first thing I did was look for insurance quotes.

I’d searched for hours, and the cheapest I could find was around £750. On top of this, I also went via TopCashback to get £60 cash back on top of the discount.

So anyway, after a years’ no claims, my renewal quote came through at (£46.77/month) (£561.20 total).

I decided I could do better than this, so I jumped on a few comparison sites. The cheapest like-for-like quote I could find came in at around £475.

So I jumped on live chat the next day with Aviva and I managed to get a discount. I mentioned I had a £42.09 (£505.08 total). If I wanted to pay for a year upfront, it’d be £471.60. I asked the chat agent if she could do any better; she said she couldn’t.

Before letting it renew, I had one last shot. So the day after, I jumped on chat again (with a different agent), asked if any further discount was available, and got an additional discount.

Whether it’s my Yorkshire blood, or just how I am, I’ll never pay list price for anything if I can help it – especially in the case of insurance, where you’re not really getting anything for your money.

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