# Anyone else guilty of online shipment stalking?

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
I have found, based on just how important a shipment is, I can become a bit obsessive, and can be guilty of stalking the shipment of the package heading to my home.

It starts innocently enough. You order something, and you get the confirmation email. There is naturally some anxiety and excitement.

And you check your emails to see when it ships. Nothing, then you go online to the site to look at the order. No info that it shipped.

Then an email comes, it has shipped! You immediately click the track shipment button. FUCK! Only the label has been printed.

You know in your mind that it'll take time, but you are hopeful that maybe it was already in a truck, on its way. You check out the receive by date. It is late this week.

Okay... I can wait.

*I am waiting*

It has been a couple hours, I wonder if it has been picked up yet. DAMN IT! Still just a label printed.

The cycle just continues and continues. Every day, looking for progress in the updates... every hour. You don't mean to be stalking the poor package, or to be personally responsible for 61% of all the package tracking inquiries this week, you just really care to know every moment whether there is an update. Did it get to Chicago? When does it arrive at the local warehouse?!

Knowledge is power, and I'm desperate to know when my package will be here. Yes, I'm perfectly well aware that they have an estimated date for delivery. But, it could happen a day early, and it'd be like the greatest thing ever in my life! In the history of the world! I can say with certainty, that those who found the tomb was empty and Jesus was resurrected, would have been happier if their shipment of any important object arrived a day or two before the estimated delivery date.

*waits*

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#### Politesse

##### Lux Aeterna
Knowledge is power, and I'm desperate to know when my package will be here. Yes, I'm perfectly well aware that they have an estimated date for delivery. But, it could happen a day early, and it'd be like the greatest thing ever in my life! In the history of the world! I can say with certainty, that those who found the tomb was empty and Jesus was resurrected, would have been happier if their shipment of any important object arrived a day or two before the estimated delivery date.

Considering that by prophecy he was supposed to be in the ground for three days but was apparently out by Sunday Morning after having been deposited there late Friday evening, it could be argued that they did receive an early package, and that this is what all the subsequent hooplah was about.

And yes, I stalk the packages of delivery men most assiduously.

#### Artemus

##### Veteran Member
I recently explained what I was doing and how I was trying imagine the algorithms that led to all the transfers that somehow work out. The response was "How do you keep an idiot occupied?" My colleagues in the industrial engineering department would not be amused.

#### TV and credit cards

##### Veteran Member
They split my shipment. I hate when they split my shipment. And what I really want is coming last, of course. And what I just got has to go back. And it’s all west coast stuff. Ruined my day.

Ever follow the UPS truck around on line? He just bounces all around the neighborhood with no rhyme or reason. I swear, I think he’s just doing it to piss me off.

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
I have a rather large package coming (linked in OP, and it too, is a two package setup), and the thing is creeping across the west. Originally a delivery set for today on the initial paperwork, but then shifted to Sunday, then Monday, and I'm wondering if it'll make it by then. The last update I saw was "Mules getting a rest."

#### Angry Floof

##### Tricksy Leftits
Staff member
If I had a nickel for every time I clicked Track Package...

#### Tigers!

##### Veteran Member
My wife evolved from stalking shipments to staling on Facebook.

##### Loony Running The Asylum
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I do it pretty much daily.

Presently stalking a "two day shipment" that I ordered last Friday.

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
My goodness, I had never stalked a package online like that in my life. Fedex IT is probably wondering why the tracking numbers mysteriously dropped so much Monday afternoon.

What I found interesting was the info provided on the mobile app didn't match via a desktop.

#### Loren Pechtel

##### Super Moderator
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Well, how about a non-tracking number?

It's been a week. They generated the UPS label. That's it.

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
Well, how about a non-tracking number?

It's been a week. They generated the UPS label. That's it.
Your shipment is on its way, someone printed a label!

What?! Printing a label is not shipping! If I print a diagram for a bridge, that can't be billed as building a bridge!

#### TV and credit cards

##### Veteran Member
Well, how about a non-tracking number?

It's been a week. They generated the UPS label. That's it.
Your shipment is on its way, someone printed a label!

What?! Printing a label is not shipping! If I print a diagram for a bridge, that can't be billed as building a bridge!

This recently happened to me. It took six days from my item be listed as “Shipped” to it actually being shipped. What did happen on day one when someone entered it into the system as shipped was my credit card being charged. Unsportsmanlike conduct in my book and perhaps in the credit card issuer’s too.

#### Loren Pechtel

##### Super Moderator
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Well, how about a non-tracking number?

It's been a week. They generated the UPS label. That's it.
Your shipment is on its way, someone printed a label!

What?! Printing a label is not shipping! If I print a diagram for a bridge, that can't be billed as building a bridge!

This recently happened to me. It took six days from my item be listed as “Shipped” to it actually being shipped. What did happen on day one when someone entered it into the system as shipped was my credit card being charged. Unsportsmanlike conduct in my book and perhaps in the credit card issuer’s too.

Yeah, the card has been charged.

#### crazyfingers

##### Supermagnon
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Sure on some things I closely watch delivery status. I usually check my orders on Amazon every other day or so. Sometimes more if delivery is a range of days and something I really want or need. I remember early in the pandemic waiting for Purell and masks to arrive. In some cases they got stuck and never arrived at all. On Christmas I watched a present for my kids get stuck and then ultimately delivered to some unsuspecting person Kansas City. I contacted the seller who sent a new one to me. The seller also alerted me to be on the lookout for the thing that the parson in Kansas City had ordered but it never arrived.

##### Loony Running The Asylum
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Finally got contacted by the department store we ordered the washer/dryer combo from on may 1st. Delivery is scheduled for a week from today.

#### Loren Pechtel

##### Super Moderator
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This recently happened to me. It took six days from my item be listed as “Shipped” to it actually being shipped. What did happen on day one when someone entered it into the system as shipped was my credit card being charged. Unsportsmanlike conduct in my book and perhaps in the credit card issuer’s too.

Yeah, the card has been charged.

Took two weeks. Picker here, at least we won't lose any peaches to being where I can't set the ladder close enough. The birds already demolished the apricots that were eluding us.

#### gmbteach

##### Mrs Frizzle
I often track the parcel. It helps heaps tbh. And I love it when Australia Post texts me to say it’s being delivered today. I can then ask my neighbour to keep an eye out for it as he works from home. I also get a text saying it’s delivered so if I am home, I can race downstairs to get it.

Fastest shipment I got was some jigsaws from Mighty Ape. Ordered Sunday, in my hand Wednesday. It came from NZ, arrived in the country Monday night, cleared customs and got to me 48 hours later. That was pretty good.

#### Loren Pechtel

##### Super Moderator
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I often track the parcel. It helps heaps tbh. And I love it when Australia Post texts me to say it’s being delivered today. I can then ask my neighbour to keep an eye out for it as he works from home. I also get a text saying it’s delivered so if I am home, I can race downstairs to get it.

USPS has a very nice service here--you can sign up for e-mails showing most things which are supposed to be in that day's mail delivery. Anything with tracking shows up as well as anything smaller than a little less than half a sheet of paper. There's a small range above that where you get a no-image placeholder, anything bigger doesn't show at all. No charge--they're just sending out info they already have in their system.

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##### Loony Running The Asylum
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I often track the parcel. It helps heaps tbh. And I love it when Australia Post texts me to say it’s being delivered today. I can then ask my neighbour to keep an eye out for it as he works from home. I also get a text saying it’s delivered so if I am home, I can race downstairs to get it.

UPS has a very nice service here--you can sign up for e-mails showing most things which are supposed to be in that day's mail delivery. Anything with tracking shows up as well as anything smaller than a little less than half a sheet of paper. There's a small range above that where you get a no-image placeholder, anything bigger doesn't show at all. No charge--they're just sending out info they already have in their system.

USPS does similar and you can give them your phone number for text service.

Argh!! I meant USPS, not UPS! I didn't know they offered text, I like the e-mail version anyway.

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##### Loony Running The Asylum
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Here is an eBay order I placed on the 18th.

#### Angry Floof

##### Tricksy Leftits
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Ordered some yarn yesterday that's supposed to be here by tonight by 10 pm. In my experience, that means 1-2 days more at best. I think "get it by tomorrow" is a scam.

But still, I'm so excited to get this yarn that I've clicked the Track package button about 15 times since yesterday.

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#### gmbteach

##### Mrs Frizzle
I am tracking a package too. It’s Bilby’s birthday present and it’s fun to see where it is. It arrived in Sydney this morning.

#### Tharmas

##### Veteran Member
When I was waiting for my new computer about six months ago, I stayed in control of my emotions while tracking it through the factory and shipping. Then on the day it was scheduled for delivery I cracked, and flagged down the FedEx truck and asked the driver if he had my computer. He said it was probably on the next truck, which came about three hours later.

#### Angry Floof

##### Tricksy Leftits
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When I was waiting for my new computer about six months ago, I stayed in control of my emotions while tracking it through the factory and shipping. Then on the day it was scheduled for delivery I cracked, and flagged down the FedEx truck and asked the driver if he had my computer. He said it was probably on the next truck, which came about three hours later.

I can relate!

##### Loony Running The Asylum
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When I was waiting for my new computer about six months ago, I stayed in control of my emotions while tracking it through the factory and shipping. Then on the day it was scheduled for delivery I cracked, and flagged down the FedEx truck and asked the driver if he had my computer. He said it was probably on the next truck, which came about three hours later.

Wow, I've never done that.

#### Politesse

##### Lux Aeterna
I just ordered a new gaming laptop, and absolutely plan to stalk it. I do not trust mail delivery services to ring the bell when they arrive anymore; the thing could be sitting out there on the porch for hours if I don't know when its out for delivery.

#### gmbteach

##### Mrs Frizzle
Bugger! Shipment has been placed on hold here in Brisbane!

#### Keith&Co.

##### Contributor
I have about the opposite problem.

"YOUR PACKAGE WILL BE ARRIVING WEDNESDAY."

Um, okay. What is it?
It's almost never described in the email. Just a promised date. I have no idea what it even could be. Anything more than an hour after i ordered it, might as well have been my other personality.
Did i order something?
Did someone send me a gift?
Is this phishing?

There's just no telling!
Stay tuned for further developments!

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
I just ordered a new gaming laptop, and absolutely plan to stalk it. I do not trust mail delivery services to ring the bell when they arrive anymore; the thing could be sitting out there on the porch for hours if I don't know when its out for delivery.
I ordered a new DSLR several years back and we weren't home to receive it, so it was dropped off at a backup site (UPS/Fedex store). First and only time that happened. I rushed from my home to the place which isn't open on the weekends, they look in the back. Nope, don't see anything.

I tell them the email said it was delivered here. Can I take a look?

They are cool with it, and I find the package in about 5 seconds.

#### Angry Floof

##### Tricksy Leftits
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I got a package today and it contained exactly what I ordered, so all is well. BUT the photo of the alleged package at our alleged doorstep is of someone else's package and someone else's house!

#### gmbteach

##### Mrs Frizzle
My package was delivered a whole day earlier!

And I have another one hopefully arriving tomorrow.

#### gmbteach

##### Mrs Frizzle
Bugger! Latest update on Monday!

#### TV and credit cards

##### Veteran Member
When I was waiting for my new computer about six months ago, I stayed in control of my emotions while tracking it through the factory and shipping. Then on the day it was scheduled for delivery I cracked, and flagged down the FedEx truck and asked the driver if he had my computer. He said it was probably on the next truck, which came about three hours later.

Something like this I have routed to the FedEx store up at the strip mall. This way if it’s not there I can tell them to check with their neighbors.

#### Angry Floof

##### Tricksy Leftits
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Yarn sellers online should track how often their customers check the status of their order so they can hurry and get it sent because THAT LADY IN VA CLEARLY NEEDS HER SHIT RIGHT NOW.

#### gmbteach

##### Mrs Frizzle
My second parcel arrived today.

That is two parcels ordered within the last two weeks and they are both here.

##### Loony Running The Asylum
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Presently stalking the drilled and slotted rotors and ceramic brake pads for the front brakes for my car. Sent from Illinois depot by Fedex yesterday. Hopefully by tomorrow.

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#### Toni

##### Contributor
Stalking seems like such a judgmental kind of term.

#### Old Woman in Purple

Stalking seems like such a judgmental kind of term.

Yeah, it's actually more anticipatory excitement, like the small child asking how long til their birthday/xmas.

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
Stalking seems like such a judgmental kind of term.
It isn't quite as funny as the term "wait impatiently". In general, I'll track packages, but the package in the OP, I was checking that way too often especially before getting in the truck (the package, not me). If it was Facebook and my ex-girlfriend, there'd been reason for an intervention.

#### Toni

##### Contributor
Stalking seems like such a judgmental kind of term.

Yeah, it's actually more anticipatory excitement, like the small child asking how long til their birthday/xmas.

That's because you're probably a nicer, more patient person than I am.

It's more like me cursing under my breath at why I can't track the damn package already and why is it being sent all over the country before it gets to me and why on earth did it go to Cleveland???? That's like...4 states over!

But small child part? Yeah.

#### Toni

##### Contributor
Stalking seems like such a judgmental kind of term.
It isn't quite as funny as the term "wait impatiently". In general, I'll track packages, but the package in the OP, I was checking that way too often especially before getting in the truck (the package, not me). If it was Facebook and my ex-girlfriend, there'd been reason for an intervention.

I'm surprised that several online retailers don't have a restraining order out on me already.

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#### atrib

##### Veteran Member
I am waiting for a Nimbus Supercut pressing of Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band that I bought from a collector in the UK. These are extremely rare in the wild and I have been after one for over 10 years. The package was shipped yesterday and is predicted to arrive on Saturday, assuming no delays in customs. I won't mention how much I paid for it.

#### Elixir

I got cured of my stalking habit. It took more than six months of de-programming, but it worked.

It was November 2019 when I decided to "downsize' some leftovers from my recording studio outside of Boulder. When we moved from that area to a more rural location and built our house, I had packed up miscellaneous unsold items, some of which are still here, mostly stored in the basement. But I started playing guitar again on an impulse, and was very pleased to find a few guitars I had thought I had sold - two sixties Gibsons, a 1979 Schecter (turns out it is very collectible) and various amps, speakers, monitors. But the only place for them besides the basement was my office, already crowded. I set up a Musicman 210 and a Fender Bassman ... both needed some work (as is the case with those old tube amps and both took up a ton of space.

Saw an ad for something the likes of which never existed in the 80s when I had the studio - an amp called a Spark 40. Interfaces with an iPhone via Bluetooth, can emulate literally dozens of different amplifiers, has every effect imaginable and takes up about 1 square foot of space. Plus, it came with a free "basic" version of Studio One. Best of all, the whole package was like $275 - a fraction of what I could the old Bassman for. So I ordered it and sold the Bassman and the Musicman. It was a pre-order Special (Christmas was coming) with delivery promised in January. January 2020 rolled around and I got an email advising that due to demand, it would be coming in February. I kept checking with them ("stalking") and didn't get any new info until mid February, when I was advised that "due to COVID" it wouldn't be coming until April. In Late March they advised (after I called several times and pressured them) that it would ship in the third week of May. I got the "shipped" notice in the last week of May. Two weeks later there was still no tracking info - just the proverbial "label created". More stalking. Turns out the shipping label was generated by the customs broker in LA, and the unit was on a slow boat from Indonesia or somewhere in Asia. FINALLY, late June, the tracking said "in transit" and it arrived two days later. Set it up, tried it out and it was phenomenal. Went to download the basic Studio One, and it wouldn't download. I contacted the mfr (Presonus, a dfferent Company) and they advised that the free "basic" version had been discontinued, but they were extremely apologetic and gave me a link and a code to download the professional version - usually selling for$400.

I have been blown away. All the outboard stuff I used to have in giant racks, the 36-strip board, the 120-point patch bay - a whole control room full of literally hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of hardware, is now a few hundred bucks worth of software!

Still figuring it out - you can only do one thing at a time with the software, but it has full automation so in theory you can do everything that it used to take two people to do in the actual physical studio... you just have to have your shit mentally organized a lot better than I do at this point...

The best thing? I don't worry about shipments - period.

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
So, I ordered a CPL shirt and hat... got a confirmation on shipping and it is supposed to be here by Sept 13th. I was assuming it was going from the Caribbean, but when I looked at the shipping, it was going from India. The interesting part is the package is supposed to arrive on the 13th, it shipped on the 7th (Tuesday)... from India... and it is alreadiy in Ohio, less than an hour drive away. So, it is going to take 5 more days to get here, after it went literally half way around the world in 36 hours?

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
Got an update, it is out for delivery, should receive it by 14th.

Don't know whether it is getting delivered to USPS and then it walks in... or whether truck shows up today. Or whether my calendar is a week behind schedule.

#### crazyfingers

##### Supermagnon
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My son and daughter are constantly stalking their orders. As for me, when something lands at my front door, my reaction is that it's probably one of my orders. It's hard to get excited about the 6, 30oz containers of Temptations cat treats.

#### Jimmy Higgins

##### Contributor
We ain’t judging, whatever you need to relax.

Shipment arrived today. Got the wrong hat. Jersey is good though. XL seems a little more extra than average, but look forward to wearing it and nobody knowing what the heck it is.