A little shed update

The shed dream
The shed dream

Anyone who remembers the shed excitement quickly followed by the shed debacle, may be wondering what the final outcome was. Unfortunately the saga is still ongoing, sort of. One of the things I did on my three day weekend was call Wickes, yet again, to ask why we still hadn’t had the promised call from the shed supplier. Obviously, at this point, my patience was wearing fairly thin. After all, how many times can you be promised a call that doesn’t come?

To be fair, the girl I spoke to did at least sound like she knew what she was doing and she apologised which earned her a few brownie points. She also let slip she’d been answering calls from disgruntled would be shed owners for the last three weeks. This didn’t exactly fill me with confidence.
“If you don’t mind holding I’ll give the suppliers a call right now and see if I can find out what’s going on,” she said, “or I could call you back if you like?”
Bearing in mind the previous broken promises for a call back I decided to wait but I had one question to ask before I let her put me on hold.
“Could you tell me the name of the supplier please?”
“They’re called Forest Garden,” she said.

Forest Garden, they show a lot of promise
Forest Garden, they show a lot of promise

Let’s just say I had plenty of time to Google them while I waited for her to come back to me. It did not make for pleasant reading. On the face of it the company look good. They label themselves ‘The UK’s leading decorative garden timber manufacturers,’ but the words ‘Happy National Shed Week. How do you use your shed: as a tool store or for something more unusual?’ did make me slightly grumpy. They even have a Facebook page but, on closer inspection they are the only people who post on it, obviously comments from their customers are not exactly welcome.

Forest Garden on Facebook, wonder who all those likes came from?
Forest Garden on Facebook, wonder who all those likes came from?

When I found a page of reviews on www.freeindex.co.uk, alarm bells began to ring. The reviews on the Argos website weren’t much better. In fact, every site I found with reviews of them were the same, items not being delivered, items delivered but not correct, items damaged, items falling apart within weeks… No one had anything good to say. It was beginning to sound as if not getting our shed delivered might be a blessing in disguise. This sounds very much like a company just about to go under to me.

There are pages and pages like this!
There are pages and pages like this!

Eventually the nice lady from Wickes came back to me to say Forest Garden were still waiting for stock but they might have some in next week and they might be able to deliver ours the week after. At this point MIGHT just wasn’t good enough, especially as I was no longer sure the shed we’d get, if we ever got one, was going to be any better than a cardboard box.
“Actually, I’d like my money back,” I said. “Also, I think you should speak to the people who run your website because they are still advertising these sheds as two week delivery when you are well aware that is never going to happen.”

They look like such nice sheds too
They look like such nice sheds too
Especially when they're painted blue
Especially when they’re painted blue

So the money is now back in our account and I’m pretty sure we had a lucky escape. The problem is, we still don’t have a shed and now we are half afraid to order another because half the companies advertising sheds seem to be getting them from Forest Garden. When I say getting them I’m speaking figuratively obviously because, as far as I can tell, no one is actually getting any sheds at all.

It would have looked so nice in my garden
It would have looked so nice in my garden
Another picture from the Forest Garden website, pity there are no real sheds
Another picture from the Forest Garden website, pity there are no real sheds

Sadly, Wickes are still advertising the shed as IN STOCK with fourteen day delivery. This has incensed me so much I’ve actually reported them to Trading Standards. After all, advertising something and taking the money for it when you know very well it is not going to be delivered is against the law in this country. Shame on you Wickes and Argos and all the other people still advertising Forest Garden sheds.

This screen shot was taken today! Shame on you Wickes!
This screen shot was taken today! Shame on you Wickes!
For now my garden will stay looking like this
For now my garden will stay looking like this

For the time being the patio is bare and my dreams of a pretty blue shed are slowly fading into the distance. Anyone know a good chippie, preferably one who can build sheds?

16 thoughts on “A little shed update”

    1. Me too. I was a little worried the compNy were going to go bust and the money would be lost forever.

  1. I’m glad you got the money back. In this area you see sheds everywhere and you just stop at the shed shop of your choosing, buy one and they deliver it, quick and painless. I can think of 4 different places within a 10 minute drive where I could buy a shed. I wonder why it isn’t the same there.

    1. I think everything here has been taken over by the big DIY chain shops and they seem to get all their stock from the same places. It means there really isn’t as much choice as you’d like and lots of small businesses have disappeared. We used to have a brilliant little hardware store in my village where you could buy almost anything and got great personal service and advice. They could t compete with these big stores in the end though in terms of price (quality is another matter).

    1. We were going to paint it ourselves anyway but it looks like most of the companies on line are using this bunch as suppliers.

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  3. Oh, Marie. In one of life’s ironies, I have four sheds in my backyard that I hate (came with my house). In comparison to the lovely ones you featured, mine look like they’ve been doing hard drugs: tin, rusted, dilapidated, and confirmed hangout for a really large snake. My brother-in-law told me I could have them removed, but I almost dropped my teeth when he gave me an estimate of what that would cost. The next time I’m hating mine, I’ll send a prayer that you would find yours :-) So glad you got your money back before it was too late!

    1. I’m hoping something comes along soon because the shed we have is literally falling to pieces. You made me laughter with your description of your own sheds. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t like one like those.

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