Commission Is The Key

, , , | Working | December 18, 2020

When I moved to my current apartment, I moved from an apartment with electrical heating to one with central heating — water radiators — which need to be “aired,” meaning a screw needs to be loosened to let air out so the radiator heats properly. After noticing the radiators haven’t been aired in a while, and lacking the proper key for the screws, I use pliers for the time being as I don’t want to bother the janitor immediately after moving in.

Once I realize the radiators need to be aired at least once a week, I decide that, while it isn’t explicitly stated in my lease, this is a job I am supposed to do myself or the janitors would never be able to get anything else done between airing tenants’ radiators. So, I start looking for the key in local stores, with no luck, as this is apparently one of those items only sold in specialized stores.

After some online searching, I find an online store selling them at €3.5 per key plus shipping — €7. It’s a bit steep, but I decide it can’t be helped and order one. A few days later, my “package” arrives. When I open it, I find a receipt inside. Apparently, the online store is only a middle man and the order was shipped by a brick-and-mortar store. Located in my town. Within biking distance and only a little bit outside of my daily commute by bike.

It would have been nice if there had been something on the website telling customers where they could go and pick up the items sold on the website.

Then again, if they did that, they’d lose the commissions from the sales. Oh, well.

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