I wanted to buy a desk lamp (anglepoise, for electronics work), some pegboard and a bench drill.
Hardly anyone sells good desk lamps for a reasonable price. Pegboard no longer exists, or maybe it was just a figment of my imagination all along. My local B&Q, apparently the largest such store in the whole of Europe, a DIY Mecca, the flagship store with no equal anywhere on the planet, doesn’t have any bench drills.
In Japan, they have everything, it’s available, in stock, reasonably priced and the shop is a nice place to be. Here there is no choice because everyone sells the same cheap tat at inflated prices, if they happen to have any in the first place.
I hate shopping here.