D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Apple: Misleading Ship Days

Monday, September 18, 2006 12:41 PM

This is letting the cat out of the bag a bit, and I had hoped to have a huge whiz-bang announcement that would blow the socks off of all my friends that think I just go home and worship at my alter to Steve Ballmer, but I need to blog about this annyance, so...


I'm buying a Mac.


Yes, its true. Mr. Microsoft-To-The-End is going to be surfing the web on one of the machines made by the other Steve. I placed my order for my new 20 inch iMac back on September 7th. As I was customizing my Mac, I was quite pleased to notice that they seemed to be pretty quick on the shipping:

1 - 2 business days is fantastic! I even paid the extra $43 bucks to get it express shipped, so in my head I figured I'd have it within 4 - 5 business days (Note: that image was taken today...I think when I placed the order it may have said 1-3 as I have 3 days stuck in my head, but close enough, and still relevent to the rest of the story).

I checked back with the site a few business days later to see what the status of my order was. Very exciting...until I noticed an odd date: Estimated Shipping - Sept. 18th. September 18th?! And not "You'll have it shipped to your door by" but "It's leaving our warehouse on."!

So today is the 18th. My order status still has not been switched to shipped. If I had known I'd be waiting almost two weeks for it to begin with, I wouldn't have tacked on the extra dollars for the fast-shipping. And so here I am, waiting.

But why are they still showing 1-2 business days to ship this thing on their site?! Does it really mean that you can have it shipped in 1-2 business days if you keep the default configuration (I did change mine up)? So anyway, I'm a little unimpressed so far with my Apple purchase, especially seeing that Best Buy has lowered the prices on their IMacs as well and I could have just bought it and had it home already. But whatever...I've been waiting this long, what's another few days right?


Edit: So I called Apple and asked them what's the deal...turns out that because my configuration was custom, my ship time is 5 - 7 business days. I guess I missed seeing it somewhere during the configuration? Sigh...


# re: Apple: Misleading Ship Days

When you clicked on the final submit button, did your Mad Mexican mask catch on fire in it's glass display case and a ghostly wail fill the house?

That's how I picture this scene and you'll have a hard time convincing me otherwise.

9/18/2006 2:53 PM | George

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No, the final submit button press triggered a gigantic flush of light that illuminated the entire house...suddenly a choir was heard off somewhere in the distance and a voice said, "D'Arcy, I am pleased."

Trust me, I know, because something similar happened to me, only it ended with:

Justice: "But my name is Justice"
Voice: "Yeah, yeah, I know...look kid, I'm busy!! Ya bother me!" 9/18/2006 4:34 PM | Justice~!

# re: Apple: Misleading Ship Days

Justice, Justice, Justice.....

Let's play a little game. In this game, we'll pretend that we are best friends and have been for many, many years. Some of the best memories I have with you are laughing at all the crazy stuff we've been through together.

One day while over at my house hanging out, you, my best friend, had a few too many apple martinis and stumbled upstairs from the basement where we had been playing a marathon session of Mutant League Hockey on the Genesis. Noticing my wife, you then proceed to have your manly yet gentle way with her.

I come upstairs to see you finishing up your business transaction with her and she looks at me only to say, "No, it's cool. He's better than you and I learned quite a bit from him."

Yeah, that's how I feel whenever you comment. Sigh, my marriage has never been the same.

9/19/2006 6:43 AM | George

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And for some reason I see the next scene in that movie play out with Mrs. Justice Gray flying through the kitchen window dressed in a yellow jump-suit a-la Kill Bill, slicing George's wife's head off with a katana, kicking Justice in the marble pouch so hard that George gets covered in a spray of blood, scrotum, and screaming sperm from the explosion.

Seriously...that all just came off the top of my head...and now I need to go somewhere, cry, and pee my pants.

D 9/19/2006 7:13 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

# re: Apple: Misleading Ship Days

and the great one looked down from the heavens, shook his head and thought... "amateurs."

and then he realized the Mad Mexican bought a mac, and thought... "homo."

9/19/2006 7:29 AM | Blogus Maximus

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...so, anyway, George!! My friend, if you truly are a Mutant League Hockey aficionado, then there is no need to *pretend* that we've been best friends for life!! MLH bonds everyone it touches regardless of them ever meeting!

9/19/2006 7:31 AM | Justice~!

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I am indeed a fan of the classics such as Mutant League Hockey. Although it's brother, Mutant League Football, didn't strike the same chord of enjoyment in my soul.

I also noticed you have now discovered my hidey hole here at GWB. Now, I will never be able to post again. For as I type, I will constantly be filled with the fear and knowledge that Justice will perchance read what I write and my fingers will freeze upon the keys refusing to pour forth what my heart wants to share with my fellow geeks.

Curse you Justice and your wild unkempt, yet stylish, hair and your expert word-smithery. How D'Arcy can handle your presence in his comment section is unbeknownst to me. My blog still quakes as the echoes of your brief presence fade from my own site.

Any tips there from the igloo D'Arcy?
9/19/2006 7:55 AM | George

# re: Apple: Misleading Ship Days

Just remember that although he may seem like some geek diety, he still lives in Edmonton where they have no chance to win a Stanley Cup for the forseeable future and their football team absolutely sucks.


D 9/19/2006 7:58 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

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