This rather annoyed me.
It’s published by the Diputación and is supposed to be a government body. “If it ain’t in the BOPA, it ain’t official” should be their motto.
Now, there are two tariffs for inserting an ad, “normal” (14€) and “urgent” (28€).
All ads are guaranteed to be printed within 15 working days of the date of payment, or three working days if you pay the “urgent” tariff.
So I went ahead and paid the “normal” rate.
When I explained that I had, he sighed and casually said that I should have paid the “Urgent” tariff, as they, and I quote, “hold back normal ads for as long as possible to encourage you to pay the higher rate”.
Really? I asked (this is a chap whose life revolves around things published in the BOPA).
“Oh yes” he said, “sorry, I should have told you that earlier, would have saved you a month”.
Sure enough, my ad was printed exactly 15 working days (actually, 25 calendar days including weekends and a holiday) after payment.
Frankly, I find this depressing, and symptomatic of just what is wrong with Andalucia. It may be legal, but it’s against the spirit of the thing.