Some of you may recall the Great iPad debacle of 2010 (subtitled “How I learned not to believe FedEx when they said they were delivering something”).
On March 7, the “new iPad” was announced. Now, I’ve been operating off that original iPad for a couple of years, and I had decided it was time for an upgrade. Right after the product announcement, I found myself driving home from a client site, and as luck would have it, I passed right by Perimeter Mall which houses an Apple store. I dropped in to pre-order a new iPad.
Only they wouldn’t take my order. Said they couldn’t. But I was welcome to use one of the public computers there to log onto the Apple Store and leave my credit card information.
Uh, no. I didn’t fall off a turnip truck yesterday.
So I continued home and sat down at my trusty Mac… and with what seemed like the rest of humanity, tried to get onto the Apple Store website to order. We’ll just say it crashed. A lot. Which makes me completely regret the fact that I don’t own any Apple stock, but that’s another matter. But, I’m persistent like a dachshund, and I eventually got through and ordered my 64G 4GLTE model.
This time, however, I was not going to be trapped at home and at the mercy of a FedEx driver who decided he just wasn’t going to deliver. I took advantage of the fact that I have an actual business address with actual receptionists who can sign for a package any time. Learning from my previous experience… it shipped to my office.
The next freakin’ day, Apple sent me email and told me it had shipped. I started tracking the package from China. It went to Hong Kong, then Anchorage, then it sat in Louisville for 5 long days till it decided to head to Knoxville, then Atlanta yesterday. This morning, it was out for delivery. I had to head up to Rome to grocery shop for Mom, but I had the ladies at the office on alert.
Around lunchtime, I tracked the package. Success! Called the office, and indeed, my shiny toy was waiting on my desk. I can’t tell you how much better this was than screaming at FedEx.
Isn’t it pretty?? Tomorrow I have to go purchase a new case for it…