finally – but still waiting

i received an email form this morning saying that the powerbook has finally been shipped. of course, i was extremely excited. since the laptop is being shipped by fedex i went to their website and entered the tracking number to see when it should be here (thinking it would be around wednesday or thursday). here’s what it said:

oct 5, 2004 2:52 pm – picked up – shanghai cn (china – i guess) – future delivery requested
oct 5, 2004 2:52 pm – left origin – shanghai cn
oct 5, 2004 11:32 am – package data transmitted to fedex; package not in fedex possession

that would all be well in good if it wasn’t for an additional comment that is made right above the table i just posted. the statement is this:

estimated delivery oct 25, 2004 10:30 am

it would appear that my powerbook has been shipped form china (cn) and apparently shipping it by air is too fast for apple so they decided that they would put it on a slow moving ship for freight purposes. at least that’s the only way i can explain why it would take 20 days for the powerbook to make it to baton rouge.

i have to say that i’m a little surprised that apple has stuff made in china. maybe i’m just naive but that seems very un-apple like. yet, even if they were going to have things made in china it shouldn’t take 20 days to ship it. if this is fedex’s normal time frame for shipping things then i’m going to use other companies for shipping items.

the truly sad thing is that i paid $18 extra for “expedited shipping”. this was supposed to have knocked the shipping time down to about 2 days. i would hate to know how long normal shipping would take.

btw, for your viewing entertainment here’s the fedex “castaway commercial” that the above photo is from.

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