So, like five hundred thousand other gamers in the US (or so Take Two hopes), I preordered GTA IV, and just for kicks, I spent the $5 to have it shipped next-day instead of second-day air. So I figured I better get up early today to ensure I'd be at the door when the UPS man arrived. (It's not a big deal, usually, because they can leave most things, but sometimes you have to sign, and on rare occasions, you can't change it, you have to be there anyway - see UPS Ground Sucks.)
Today, I checked the status of my package.
US 04/28/2008 2:55 P.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED
Well, that's normal, although sometimes it says where it originated. This should be followed by arrival in Louisville, then departure, then arrival in Indy for delivery.
PA, US 04/29/2008 2:20 A.M. INCORRECT ROUTING AT UPS FACILITY / THE PACKAGE WAS MISSORTED AT THE HUB. IT HAS BEEN REROUTED TO THE CORRECT DESTINATION SITE
panic. I'll have to play something else today.
Then calm arrives. Of course this happens from time to time. They'll ship it back to the Louisville hub, then ... um ... fly it up? It's a two-hour drive, so I doubt they'd drive it ... hmm ...
PA, US 04/29/2008 10:42 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
Okay, that's better. Back on track, but when will it be here?
KY, US 04/29/2008 12:33 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
Not bad. It still has to be flown up here, though. I'd say 12:57 P.M. for departure scan from Louisville, 1:45 P.M. for arrival scan in Indy, and then 2:45 P.M. for "Out for Delivery."
Naturally, the whole time the status has been "In Transit - On Time", which is what I would tell a panicky customer who was worried that a very important shipment would be late.
Updates to come, but let's just say that right now, I'm unhappily playing Culdcept Saga.
Update, 2:15 PM: Yeah, it's not arriving today. They just updated the status: "In Transit." As in "Not On Time."
Oh well. It's not worth spending an extra $50 or $60 just to get it now, assuming I could find a copy of it.
I'm getting my $5 back from Amazon.
Update, 5:35 PM: but wait! There may still be hope:
KY, US 04/29/2008 4:24 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
Right, so it did leave Louisville today. That's a good sign. Still, even if it's scanned in Indy at 5:25 P.M., I'd be surprised if it's on a truck and at my door by 7.
Surprise me, UPS.
Update, 8:25 PM: Closer, closer ...
IN, US 04/29/2008 7:32 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
Of course, it doesn't say "Out For Delivery". It may actually be out, and the data may be out of date, but I doubt it.