Cheap Pizza and Sky

I have a love / hate relationship with Sky.  At this early point, I should say that I mean Sky TV, and not the place above the ground!

For a large part of my life I was perfectly fine with only the 5 TV channels.  Then digital TV happened and I ended up with hundreds of channels but still only watched about 7 of them, and two of those were because they were music channels.

At the time I had a massive TV with a tiny screen which was also fine until 4 of us tried to play mulitplayer Mario Kart on it one Christmas and ended up having to all cram in to a small space 3 feet from the TV.

I went out in the Christmas sales and bought a bigger TV which was also HD ready.  If one gets an HD ready TV, it’s rude not to get an HD input, so I got the Sky HD pack inlcuding Sky Sports and a Playstation 3 (this was long before the PS4).  Have all those HD inputs and it’s rude not to have HD sound outputs, so a new surround system came too.  That hour of Mario Kart cost be just shy of £2000!

But anyway… The thing about Sky is that they always put prices up.  I basically have everything they can offer me – all the TV packages (they always give me an offer on movies that I can’t turn down), my phone, line rental and broadband.  Every time they put the price up, I ring them up and they reduce it again.

Last time they did this my monthly bill was reduced from £107 (£8 of which was my burglar alarm ringing loads of people after the cat had broken in to a room he wasn’t supposed to be in) to £53.

Part of this was me cancelling their On Demand mobile service costing £5 a month.  (I won’t say anything about why I had it in the first place!)  On Saturday morning, they rang me and offered it me back for £1 per month for 6 months.  After much exaggerated / fake decision making, I agreed to take it back half a year.

It’s a similar situation with Domino’s pizzas.  The pizzas are, what? £17 – £20 full price?  Yet with the offers that are always on, one person will always pay £12.50 – £13.00 for a delivered pizza, and 2 people will always pay around £10 each.  The price is always the same, it’s just the amount of food you get that’s different.

And this frustrates me.

It frustrates me because I shouldn’t have to go and ask for offers.  If they can afford to reduce things that much anyway, just offer them for that price to start with.  I realise that’s not a good business plan, but it is frustrating when it’s supposed to be “consumer first”!  I guess it comes from that phrase that if you don’t ask, you don’t get.  However, in more things than TV and pizza you shouldn’t need to ask.

At work today, I was being pestered with “have you done this?” and “have you done that?”.  When the answer to all the questions was “no”, the next one should have been “what can I do to help?”.  It shouldn’t need me to ask for that help.

This was even more annoying when the next question was actually “has someone else done that yet?” because the person asking me could have asked the other person directly.  Instead, they stayed at their desk internet banking and watching the tennis while I did it.

Hmm… OK, this is turning in to a rant!  My point is that it’s better to take the initiative and be pro-active.  You shouldn’t always have to ask, and sometimes you shouldn’t have to worry about whether it’s OK if you think it’s the correct thing to do.

Shyness is nice, and
Shyness can stop you
From doing all the things in life
You’d like to

Shyness is nice, and
Shyness can stop you
From doing all the things in life
You’d like to

So, if there’s something you’d like to try
If there’s something you’d like to try
ASK ME – I WON’T SAY “NO” – HOW COULD I?

Coyness is nice, and
Coyness can stop you
From saying all the things in
Life you’d like to

So, if there’s something you’d like to try
If there’s something you’d like to try
ASK ME – I WON’T SAY “NO” – HOW COULD I?

Spending warm Summer days indoors
Writing frightening verse
To a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg

ASK ME, ASK ME, ASK ME
ASK ME, ASK ME, ASK ME

Because if it’s not Love
Then it’s the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb
That will bring us together

Nature is a language – can’t you read?
Nature is a language – can’t you read?

SO… ASK ME, ASK ME, ASK ME
ASK ME, ASK ME, ASK ME

Because if it’s not Love
Then it’s the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb
That will bring us together

If it’s not Love
Then it’s the Bomb
Then it’s the Bomb
That will bring us together

SO… ASK ME, ASK ME, ASK ME
ASK ME, ASK ME, ASK ME
Oh, la…

Ask by The Smiths

 

 

 

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Comments 2

  1. Houssnati

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. I’m also a big fan of Mario Kart by the way (valuable time spent 😉 through the years!).

    • Michael

      It is great, especially when everyone is armed with a plastic steering wheel!

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