0281: "Online Package Tracking"

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0281: "Online Package Tracking"

Postby saxmaniac1987 » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:03 am UTC

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Title Text: I don't even *want* this package! Why did I join the stinging insect of the month club, anyway?


The more expensive the item, the more often you check. Seriously.
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Postby saxything43 » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:06 am UTC

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Not necessarily. I ordered a $15 CD and checked on it, oh, twenty times a minute. But it was a REALLY good CD.
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Postby Eleven » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:09 am UTC

I forget about my packages after I order them. And then they arrive a few weeks later and it's like Christmas again.

Tracking will make you silly though. Comic is, as usual, made of win.

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Postby kertrats » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:19 am UTC

But it's such a rush of elation when you refresh and it suddenly jumps from Norfolk to Minneapolis.

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Postby Eleven » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:21 am UTC

kertrats wrote:But it's such a rush of elation when you refresh and it suddenly jumps from Norfolk to Minneapolis.

And then, before you can correct yourself, you'll say "Damn, that was fast!"

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Postby saxmaniac1987 » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:32 am UTC

The worst is when it goes the wrong direction to go to a "distribution center." There's something wrong with going from, say, Virginia to Texas to come back to Pennsylvania.
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Postby mattmacf » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:33 am UTC

kertrats wrote:But it's such a rush of elation when you refresh and it suddenly jumps from Norfolk to Minneapolis.

But then you realize that Minneapolis is in the exact opposite direction of where it should be headed and your package is now going to take another two days to get to you because some dipshit at UPS didn't bother reading the freaking label.

Disclaimer: I work at UPS. It happens all the time.

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Postby Dew_N_O » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:54 am UTC

saxything43 wrote:@ saxmaniac

Not necessarily. I ordered a $15 CD and checked on it, oh, twenty times a minute. But it was a REALLY good CD.


Which CD was it? Was it a sax CD?

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Postby Ketsuban » Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:20 am UTC

I find it ironic that this came right after I ordered a new pair of headphones and a wireless network card.

The order doesn't even exist on the shipping website, and I ordered them on Saturday to arrive tomorrow.

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Postby Rockapotamus » Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:26 am UTC

It's funny 'cause it's true.

Where and how can I join this "stinging insect of the month" club?
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Postby Dustbin » Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:48 am UTC

I see it was a FedEx shipment. Nearly all FedEx shipments go through Memphis as it is the main sorting facility.

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Postby OneLess » Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:16 am UTC

Yeah, I was waiting for my laser mouse around this time last year because I was reduced to playing FPSs with a trackpad, and I drove everyone in the house nuts by constantly mumbling "When will it leave Memphis?" :lol:

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Postby etho » Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:33 am UTC

Yet another example of spooky XKCD synchronicity. For the past couple days, I've had a tab open which, every half hour, I refresh with the desperate hope that my package will have left San Antonio.

For the record, it has left San Antonio, but it hasn't arrived at it's next destination. So I don't yet know whether it will move toward Oregon, as it is supposed to, or say, take a brief holiday in Miami.

I love online tracking.

No, wait, I hate online tracking.

Wait, I love it.

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Postby saxything43 » Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:14 am UTC

Dew_N_O wrote:
saxything43 wrote:@ saxmaniac

Not necessarily. I ordered a $15 CD and checked on it, oh, twenty times a minute. But it was a REALLY good CD.


Which CD was it? Was it a sax CD?


NO, IT WAS NOT A SAX CD!! WHAT WOULD GIVE YOU THAT IDEA????!!!

ok....maybe it was.....randy brecker w/Michael brecker & the WDR big band, Some Skunk Funk.

It is SO BADASS, btw.
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Postby liza » Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:44 am UTC

Dew_N_O wrote:
saxything43 wrote:@ saxmaniac

Not necessarily. I ordered a $15 CD and checked on it, oh, twenty times a minute. But it was a REALLY good CD.


Which CD was it? Was it a sax CD?


Hate to bring this off-topic on the first page, but have you give heard of the Nuclear Whales? I love them. Gotta love a sax sextet with contrabass sax.


Anyway, this comic is spot on. I'm watching three packages right now in fact, which are driving me crazy.

Also: I totally want to join stinging insect of the month club.

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Postby mqarcus » Mon Jun 25, 2007 8:14 am UTC

Hmm, I almost never order stuff over the interwebs, but soon I will have to get a few XKCD-shirts. It just feels so unsafe, I mean, I wire money to some clueless dude who can just take my $20 and go to Canada.

Not Randall, of course.
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Postby __Kit » Mon Jun 25, 2007 8:23 am UTC

mqarcus wrote:Hmm, I almost never order stuff over the interwebs, but soon I will have to get a few XKCD-shirts. It just feels so unsafe, I mean, I wire money to some clueless dude who can just take my $20 and go to Canada.

Not Randall, of course.


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Postby cmacis » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:05 am UTC

Well, usually by the time it's reached the courier (meaning that the company that has taken my money has managed to pack my stuff into a neat big box) and they've put it into their tracking system then it's arrived to me. Hence, I rarely check online tracking.

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Postby lyworm » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:06 am UTC

It's like in downloads, when I don't even *want* the stuff I'm downloading that bad and I'm probably not even going to watch it or listen to it the minute it finishes, but I'm completely obsessed with the download. Oh me yarm Oh me yarm it stopped downloading at 0.43 kb/s and now it's at 24.5!
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Postby jamessw » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:13 am UTC

I do exactly what the character in this comic does when I'm expecting a package and can track it online. I end up checking its status at least 20 or 30 times a day Image
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Postby EpShot » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:59 am UTC

ARG! its so true, and so retarded. I always know exactly what day the package is going to arrive. ye ti have to check it 20 times a day because. ***k i don't know. And then on th eday it arrives i always know immediately then go grab the package and.. uh. .put t next to my desk, and that usualy about it, maybe look at it, but it generally not something i can use till i get home, or even possibly for another week or two ( I order a lot of paintball stuff online so i have to wait till i actually go play) But STILL! i have to check constantly. er.. i have been diagnosed with ADD and mild OCD.. that might explain it >.>

I still maintain XKCD is a extremely nerdy form of Tourette. Inescapable compulsion to do obsessive/nerdy things that tend to be extremely counter-productive

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:14 am UTC

One comic that is really true-to-life. I rarely order anything online, but when I do, I'm *constantly* checking on the shipping status. The minute I get an e-mail stating my order has been shipped, and if it was shipped via UPS or Fed-Ex, I sit there and *Refresh* every five minutes or so. I check it probably 100 times or more a day, both at home and at work.

I know others here who have ordered it will be doing exactly that almost three to four weeks from now when the seventh Harry Potter book gets shipped out.
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Postby TheTankengine » Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:29 am UTC

USPS's package tracking is pathetic. All it tells you is if its delivered, basically. Ugggh! So frustrating.

Also frustrating is the fact that Louisville is where the main UPS hub is located. You would think this would make it easier and packages would arrive quicker, but no! Just about 90% of my packages come into Louisville, get my hoes up, then ship off to Lexington for the night, only to return to Louisville the following day and then to my door.
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Postby Kredal » Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:35 am UTC

When you buy a new MINI Cooper (the cute little car), they give you a tracking number so you can watch the production status... Being built, being painted, waiting at the dock, in transit, at distro center, at your dealership....

You can do all of this online on their website. Some people take it a step further. With a bit of research, you can find out which cargo ship it's on, find that cargo ship's transponder, and track it at (I think it was) the Coast Guard's page, all the way across the ocean.

There were a couple days that it didn't get updated every 8 hours like it was supposed to, so it just dropped off the map... and then the most horrible thoughts come to mind... "My MINI is at the bottom of the ocean, after a freak hurricane swept through and destroyed the cargo ship" "I knew it was getting too close to Bermuda"

If you could track the individual UPS truck that your package is on, watching it drive down the road, I'm sure people would refresh even more, and get worried when said truck goes through a tunnel and loses its position on the map.

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:14 pm UTC

Kredal wrote:If you could track the individual UPS truck that your package is on, watching it drive down the road, I'm sure people would refresh even more, and get worried when said truck goes through a tunnel and loses its position on the map.


Oh, yeah. If your truck shows to still be on some interstate in your state, you'd start worrying, thinking the truck was involved in an accident. Packages strewn all over the place. That rare mint condition 1st ed. copy of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy now soaked in water, or worse, burned up to nothing.

That reminds me of that episode of "CSI" dealing with the murders that occurred along I-15. The trucking company had a GPS software that tracked every single truck's location, and could narrow it down based on which trucks made deliveries within the last week, which ones only travel along I-15, and finally that made a delivery to the store where the latest victim was kidnapped from.
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Postby jamessw » Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:16 pm UTC

Kredal wrote:When you buy a new MINI Cooper (the cute little car), they give you a tracking number so you can watch the production status... Being built, being painted, waiting at the dock, in transit, at distro center, at your dealership....

The same type of system exists with Dell. Whenever I order new machines from there that aren't off the shelf, I always watch it go through verification, assembly, customisation, testing, packaging, shipping - then go onto the couriers website to track its shipment from Limerick through the ports to the nearest courier centre... where it's so close I sometimes feel like driving the 3 or 4 miles myself to try and pick it up, instead of having to sit by the door all day chewing fingernails waiting for it to come.
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Postby Akula » Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:28 pm UTC

It's really pretty amazing with overnight shipping too...
Watching a package move from California to New England inside of 24 hours.

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Postby dabigkid » Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:55 pm UTC

mqarcus wrote:Hmm, I almost never order stuff over the interwebs, but soon I will have to get a few XKCD-shirts. It just feels so unsafe, I mean, I wire money to some clueless dude who can just take my $20 and go to Canada.

Not Randall, of course.

Buy from a company you can trust. It's really not as unsafe as you feel it is if you're buying through, say, Amazon.
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Postby hotaru » Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:16 pm UTC

am i the only person who uses online package tracking to see when the package has been delivered so i know it's time to walk to the door (about 20 ft. away from my computer) and get it?
also, didn't delivery people used to knock on the door when they would deliver a package? i seem to remember that they used to do that, but they never do anymore...

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Tracking doesn't even work

Postby SuprousOxide » Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:35 pm UTC

Half the time, I'll get "Aww still in Memphis," and then find the package at my door already. Another check of the tracker will reveal that indeed the package is still in Memphis (and no, I don't live in Memphis).

Or sometimes I see my package was delivered in California 2 months before I ordered it. That's pretty impressive.

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Postby warhorse » Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:37 pm UTC

I once watched my package from newegg go from California to Hawaii before going back across the country to Pittsburgh.

Seems like a waste to fly it that far in the wrong direction. I wonder if somebody just tossed the box into the wrong bin at the sorting facility.
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Postby Hench » Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:40 pm UTC

This comic is awesome because all last week I was doing this, waiting for my package from Amazon that showed up on Friday. Nearly perfect timing, Randall, as usual!

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Postby SpudHead » Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:12 pm UTC

I was doing this a few weeks ago waiting for my 360 to come back. That's why all these comics are awesome, i relate to them.

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:22 pm UTC

All this talk of waiting forever for something to arrive and package tracking every nanosecond reminds me of a certain story line in this strip. Warning: You have to scroll through each page individually for each strip, and apparently the first page has a broken link. It still works, though.
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Postby Sprocket » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:42 pm UTC

Did he post this because he just shipped out a bunch of stuff today, or is it a coincidence that I just today got a USPS track & confirm email from ordering a SCIENCE (it works, bitches) T-shrit?


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Re: Tracking doesn't even work

Postby Tractor » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:57 pm UTC

SuprousOxide wrote:Half the time, I'll get "Aww still in Memphis," and then find the package at my door already. Another check of the tracker will reveal that indeed the package is still in Memphis (and no, I don't live in Memphis).

Or sometimes I see my package was delivered in California 2 months before I ordered it. That's pretty impressive.


Or it updates about 6 steps at once, then stops(seemingly forever).
When I was waiting for my computer to arrive via UPS, They were about to pull away (finding no one home) when someone else in my house drove up. He must have been updating the status of them as they pulled up, because I checked the tracking from work and half of them showed up as "Failed, will try again tomorrow" and the other half were *Delivered*. I was thoroughly confused until I went home and figured out what had happened.

And the last time I ordered something, they posted a note that they needed to get it signed for and left. I redirected the package to my parent's house since someone would be home. When they tried delivering there, they just dropped it on the doorstep without waiting for a signature. Bizzare.
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Postby DannyboyO1 » Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:00 pm UTC

I think the wierdest shipping error I ever had was a time that I was getting an HP laptop back after Best Buy had sent it in. They were having it shipped to my home. I'd really just had a simple question "Why is the battery draining so fast while it's off?"

I got the laptop back... and the power brick, but HP had stolen the cord that goes from it to the wall. The work order inside said "Will not boot". Curiously enough, not the problem I'd sent it off for. But with new battery and power brick, but no cord, really couldn't test it.

So I went to best buy, told them what happened, they tried to get a cord, they found... it wouldn't boot. The guy got a manager, who dragged over their HP rep to talk replacements... he just happened to be present that day... I don't expect that kinda service at the blue box. They sent me home with a slightly nicer laptop and all was well for a few days.

When HP sent me another laptop.

Someone else's laptop. Mine had come my way with a photocopy of the bestbuy paperwork. This one had the original, and the HP workorder ("cleaned chocolate milkshake from keyboard") and the photocopy of this guys paperwork.

And you know, I was highly tempted to start it up and see what the guy had on it before taking it back...

But it didn't have a power cord.
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Postby liza » Mon Jun 25, 2007 8:08 pm UTC

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That story was hilarious. :lol:

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Postby GhostWolfe » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:53 pm UTC

hotaru wrote:also, didn't delivery people used to knock on the door when they would deliver a package? i seem to remember that they used to do that, but they never do anymore...

I don't know about you, but now the Post Office workers don't even knock if they have a package that has to be signed for. They just leave you a card. I think it takes too ling to knock on doors when they can just dump it on your doorstep and get on with their day.
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Postby sillybear25 » Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:10 pm UTC

saxything43 wrote:@ saxmaniac

Not necessarily. I ordered a $15 CD and checked on it, oh, twenty times a minute. But it was a REALLY good CD.


I guess it has to do more with the value you place on that item than the value the person you purchased it from puts on it...

lyworm wrote:It's like in downloads, when I don't even *want* the stuff I'm downloading that bad and I'm probably not even going to watch it or listen to it the minute it finishes, but I'm completely obsessed with the download. Oh me yarm Oh me yarm it stopped downloading at 0.43 kb/s and now it's at 24.5!


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