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Well this is interesting. I pre-ordered my copy of Leopard the first day it was available to do so. Apple guaranteed shipment on October 26 (today). The package was shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight which has a guaranteed delivery time of 10:30AM (unless you live in […]

Well this is interesting. I pre-ordered my copy of Leopard the first day it was available to do so. Apple guaranteed shipment on October 26 (today).

The package was shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight which has a guaranteed delivery time of 10:30AM (unless you live in a remote area…which last time I checked Denver, CO wasn’t a “remote area”).

I woke up this morning giddy like a 5 year old boy at Christmas to see that my copy of Leopard was on a truck and out for delivery still, according to FedEx, scheduled to be delivered by 10:30AM.

Well, at about 10:15AM I checked the packaged status and it had the message “Delivery Exception – Future delivery requested.” I certainly didn’t request a “future delivery.”

So I gave FedEx a call to see who requested it. I had a hunch that Apple might have done it. Sure enough, the support agent confirmed my hunch with the following message:

This morning Apple made a request to us that FedEx disregard any guaranteed delivery times and instead deliver them end-of-day today as opposed to by 10:30AM.

Awesome. I must now wait an additional 6-8 hours for my beloved Leopard because Apple doesn’t want people to get their copies before the 6PM launch parties tonight.

Yes, I am aware that people have been getting their copies as early as Wednesday. No, I don’t really care that much that I’ve got to wait another few hours.

I do have to say that this seems to be a bit of a sleazy move on Apple’s part, though. It seems, if anything, the people that pre-ordered it should somehow be rewarded for forking over money for something we haven’t really even seen or used yet as opposed to intentionally delaying things.

Again, I’m being somewhat facetious about this. I just find it to be an interesting move on Apple’s part to micromanage things this far down the line.

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  1. Seem strange Apple actually has control over the delivery process once the product is in Fedex’s hands. I would think once the package is mailed, it is yours, Fedex being a courier only. Very odd.

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  2. Mine’s delivered.

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  3. I’m installing mine now! :)

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  4. You lead a charmed life if this is worth complaining about.

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  5. Don’t necessarily believe what FedEx tells you. I received the same message and the FedEx agent told me that the shipper hadn’t put a street address on it. FedEx wouldn’t let me give them the street address and said I had to call Apple. Which I did.

    Anyway, it was bogus. There was a street address on the package when it was delivered about 30 minutes later.

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  6. @Wowie: Welcome to The APPLE Blog. We write about things related to Apple. Sometimes things are significant. Other times it’s the little things we write about that are fairly insignificant. As I said in this article that you apparently didn’t even read to the end, I’m being facetious about this.

    Please don’t comment here until you actually read the article you are commenting on. Thank you.

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  7. Oct 26, 2007 9:33 AM

    Delivered

    ******, FL

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  8. No. You are wrong. Apple said they could deliver at any point today because Fedex has found they were inundated with packages and Apple didn’t give them enough warning. The driver asked me what was in the box because he had a truckload full of’em.

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  9. I ordered mine on Wednesday, and it showed up half an hour ago.

    Of course, I had it delivered to my office and won’t be able to play with it until the end of the day, so I still feel your pain.

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  10. Seems like FedEx is having BIG trouble today. About 130,000 leopards are out for delivery, and they can’t handle it. Drivers are not serving cheerfully today. Apple dropped between 2 and 3 million of delivery service for priority delivery, and FedEx is not delivering. Just try googling Apple Fedex Leopard. For in-depth study, try googling Fedex Sucks.

    I’m using my waiting time to throw a little paint around the house. So much for a 10:30 am delivery.

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