As those of you that follow me on Twitter may recall, I had a bit of an international adapter crisis before going on this trip. I had loaned my mom my international adapter kit when she last went to Germany, and she decided to loan it to someone else (permanently, it seems). Gee, thanks mom, because you know I never travel internationally or anything. 😉
So as I was ready to leave for the airport I realized I needed an adapter. Fortunately some of you reminded me that duty free aboard flights often sells adapters, and I was happy to see it in the duty free on Virgin. As the flight attendant took my dinner order she asked if I wanted anything from duty free, and I mentioned I would like to buy a power adapter. She said she would take care of it after dinner.
Sure enough, after dinner when the cabin was dark she came by to get my credit card (I used a British Airways Visa, I might add, though I inquired whether that was even allowed on Virgin) and passport to process the payment, saying that the power adapter would cost £10. Great!
About 20 minutes later she returned with my credit card, passport, and a bag containing my adapter and receipt… or so I thought. The cabin was dark, though I did take a quick look at the receipt to make sure I was charged the correct amount, which indeed I was, and the correct item was listed on the receipt.
Now that I got to the hotel I opened the box she gave me, only to realize it’s actually an extendable speaker (whatever that is):
Now, some might say I should have looked at the box more carefully. Well, when the cabin is dark, the receipt lists the correct amount and product, and the box looks just like an adapter, I figured I was safe. Obviously it was an honest mistake by the flight attendant, though it’s still a bit frustrating.
It’s not a huge deal, though now I get to spend the afternoon in search of an adapter… and bitching on the blog. 😉
Out of curiosity, does anyone have experience with trying to get a refund and/or returning an item bought duty free? That seems like quite a downside to buying stuff aboard planes.
Hopefully there’s a lesson in this — when you buy a duty free item, look at the box very carefully.