For those of you who haven’t been following the (now) epic saga of ‘Gerry’s Footwear’, it all started about three weeks ago when I decided to order shoes online – thinking that it would be easy.
It took me three days just to get passed the ZIP-code-requirement (which there isn’t in Belize), and the drop-down menu for US states to finally order a $37US pair of shoes from K-Mart/Sears/Freeborders, and all of its other manifestations.
That’s when I discovered that a $37US pair of shoes also carried a $24US shipping charge, and a $52US tax and duty just to get it inside the ‘Barbary Coast’ of Central America – bringing the cost to $113US ($147CDN).
Did I mention $24 delivery? Well that only brought it to Ambergris before they stuck their hand out again – for $15 BZD to bring it to my hotel.
Final word: The new shoes will go on a shelf until I am dusting my feet of this nickel-and-dime country. I need a new pair of shoes for passing under the noses of security, and I am sure as hell not going to spend another $147 for a $37US pair of shoes.