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25 September 2006 @ 06:59 pm
You Know...  
...I don't know why anyone pays for expedited shipping. Consider the following story:

Thursday, during meeting, co-worker mentions he would buy my old iPod. Sometime that evening (September 21st), I finally got around to ordering new one. Email sent to me says "1-2 days to ship, 3-5 business days transit" and says I should get it September 29th. Later confirmation email pushes that back to October 2nd, estimating that they'll ship it out, oh, today.

Mail on Friday, September 22nd -- package shipped. Estimated arrival date, September 27th.

Saturday, September 23rd, it occurs to me that maybe I should track the package on FedEx's website. Note that package has already arrived in Denver -- from Shanghai via Anchorage and Indianapolis.

Monday, September 25th, at approximately 9:23AM, package arrives at my door.

Besides wondering why you'd ever pay extra for shipping, it's astonishing how quickly stuff can get delivered halfway around the world in this modern day and age. Realiably. Routinely. Simply astonishing.

[And remember that power brick I bought from Dell, where they said to expect about a week to ship, and up to two weeks transit? Showed up two days later.]

Anyway, watched some video on it (looked quite decent, actually). Loaded my full library up on it (and it's still way more than half empty). Hooked up the car stereo to it and played music.

It's black. It's pretty. It's got my name engraved on the back. It's got an astounding amount of storage space. There's nothing not to like.
 
 
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Laurel Amberdineamberdine on September 26th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Black... hrm... I'm still not convinced.

Inky says black is best too, but he's totally covered with bias.

Very nice that it came so fast. Did you order it from Apple or Amazon or what?

*whine of envy*
Douglas Triggs: apple lightdoubt72 on September 26th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Apple, for the engraving.

Pretty sure Amazon (at least Amazon.com) ships from the U.S. exclusively.
Laurel Amberdine: angelsamberdine on September 26th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, the engraving, of course!

You're probably right about Amazon. I wondered because they similarly over-estimate the shipping -- but only when you order expensive Apple hardware. ;)
asakiyume: holycarpasakiyume on September 26th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
totally covered w/bias

:-D
asakiyumeasakiyume on September 26th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Completely agree w/you about shipping.

What I don't like, though, is when independent sellers selling through Amazon keep on bumping forward the date at which they plan to ship... it will come fast, but only once they send it!

btw, my physics-trained bro got a 66 on the physicists' name test. and grief from his girlfriend for being on a dating site!
Douglas Triggs: atomsdoubt72 on September 26th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Completely agree with you on independent Amazon sellers -- I avoid using them unless desperate (which is quite seldom).

As of OkCupid -- it's only 60% a dating site. I personally have never dated anyone from there (so far -- I guess anything is possible), although I did meet one friend (of the non-dating variety). I (and an awful lot of people) go there (purely or mostly) for the wacky tests.

Especially now that I know how much fun it is to write tests.
Douglas Triggs: lodestardoubt72 on September 26th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I wonder how he (or you) would do on the astronomy test? (Probably badly, although I've made it a bit easier a couple times now.)
asakiyume: far horizonasakiyume on September 26th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm going to give it a try :-) When I finish my alloted work for the day...
Allison Steinastein142 on September 27th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
I've noticed that too. It all depends on it the company and its order fulfillment operations -- and the location of the warehouse. I always order ground shipping from Amazon and usually get delivery within two days.