Britain’s self-acclaimed ‘fav-ourite mail-order paper supplier’ is in
danger of losing some potential admirers.
National Paper Supplies, which emblazons the above legend on its
stationery, recently wrote to Warwickshire-based Peter Bowen Publicity,
enclosing a document which appears at first, and even second, glance to
be an outstanding invoice.
The said document, which was forwarded to me by Peter Bowen, resembles
an invoice in almost every respect, with the agency details in the
addressee box and listing the Ilford mail order company’s VAT number, a
descriptions of goods ordered and so on.
It is only in the very small print below the form, that you see the
words: ‘This pre-payment invoice represents an invitation to purchase
the above described goods; it is a request, not a demand for payment’.
Fortunately for the finances of Bowen’s business, which has never had
any dealings with the mail order firm, his people spotted the small
print at the bottom of the page and resisted the request to ‘pay this
amount’. Let us hope that all other businesses receiving ‘invitations’
from National Paper Supplies, which proved constantly engaged when I
tried to call, are as vigilant.