Scots Paying £11m Extra for their Christmas Deliveries
December 11, 2018
Scottish consumers are believed to be paying millions of pounds in surcharges in relation to deliveries made to them in the run up to Christmas.
Moray’s MSP Richard Lochhead is campaigning for these charges to be levelled out after asking the Scottish Parliament Information Centre to investigate how much extra people in Scotland pay for their deliveries.
The resulting research concluded that Scots pay a collective total of £11.4 million more in relation to deliveries made between October and the end of December than their counterparts in the rest of the UK.
Mr Lochhead has said that people across Scotland, particularly those in rural parts of the country, are effectively being ripped off by online retailers as the festive season approaches.
“It is absolutely astonishing that online shoppers in Scotland still face an £11.4 million penalty in the form of parcel delivery surcharges this Christmas, compared to the rest of the UK, simply because of where they live,” he said in a statement on the matter.
“As far as some retailers are concerned, Christmas is not about giving but about fleecing,” he added.
Mr Lochhead went on to say that the extra charges being issued by retailers to Scottish customers are completely without proper justification and should be clamped down upon by relevant rule makers.
The MSP noted that surcharges are being applied particularly frequently to shoppers with postcodes referencing northerly parts of Scotland.
“Rural Scotland is home to some of the most loyal online shoppers and in the run up to Christmas I will continue campaigning and piling the pressure on retailers to end rip-off surcharges,” he said.
“It is now time for the authorities to act and for every retailer to review its delivery charges and to stop discriminating against many parts of Scotland.”
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