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linkandzelda
Dec 5, 2010, 06:42 AM
This is probably a stupid question but... Theres been lots of snow over the past week and things came to a standstill in the UK. Luckily for now it's gone away but. I ordered my 13" Air last night and estimated delivery is 21st of December.

I'm basically worrying if it snows again whether Apple will deliver or not? Does anyone have any experience of this? The answer is probably that they won't but I will ask anyway. This is my first Mac so i'm kinda worried and seriously excited.

Thanks in advance,
Kris



Hellhammer
Dec 5, 2010, 06:44 AM
Apple doesn't deliver it, it's usually FedEx, UPS or TNT. Snow shouldn't stop them, at least it doesn't here in Finland.

Merthyrboy
Dec 5, 2010, 07:44 AM
In the UK though most things stopped, got sent home from last lesson because it was snowing, wasn't too bad but then after the weekend there was like a decent amount for us and we were in school so it is quite temperamental. Shouldn't be held up too much though if it is snowing, my family has had a few deliveries the past few days and postmen are still going so I think you should be alright

linkandzelda
Dec 5, 2010, 07:52 AM
Ah well thats quite good news then. Lets hope they will deliver IF it snows. *prays to delivery gods and snow gods*

Pixellated
Dec 5, 2010, 07:53 AM
If there are any issues with the weather, it will still be delivered, just maybe a day or two later.

chrono1081
Dec 5, 2010, 07:58 AM
Its rare (at least in the U.S.) if weather stops a delivery. Also often you can go to the Fedex or UPS warehouse to pick it up. I do that when UPS or FedEx pretends it can't find my address.

Congrats on your new Air by the way! I LOVE mine and use it all the time. Its actually getting more use than my desktop right now.

KnightWRX
Dec 5, 2010, 08:00 AM
If it snows, there's a good chance your MBA will get burned to keep the delivery guy warm. Also, delivery services close for 4 months a year because of the snow, so you better hope Apple ships your unit out before the delivery close-down of 2010-2011 or you're only getting your product in April.

Good luck to you my friend, you should have ordered sooner.

linkandzelda
Dec 5, 2010, 08:29 AM
It did say on Apples site that if i ordered now it will be delivered on the 21st... Maybe i should of bought it in store :/

KnightWRX
Dec 5, 2010, 08:35 AM
It did say on Apples site that if i ordered now it will be delivered on the 21st... Maybe i should of bought it in store :/

Apple's system doesn't account for the 4 months delivery close downs because in the south hemisphere, winter is actually during the June-September period and some parts of the world don't have snow year round. It would mean too many variables.

I hope you get it before the 21st instead of in April, that would be a major bummer. In the winter months, just go to stores, especially during the holidays. Plenty of people around and a jolly good time to shop.

I especially hope for you it's not on the truck when it snows and the delivery guy has to stop on the side of the road and live off scraps and burning packages for 4 months because of the closedown.

linkandzelda
Dec 5, 2010, 08:39 AM
I've never heard of this closure before.... I can imagine if it exists it would cause major problems.. If it doesn't snow then things will be fine i imagine.

I remember when i ordered my free Bumper case for the iPhone 4 that they said i was going to get in august 23rd (ordered it in like july 19th) and it turned up 4 days later o.O.

Let's wait and see...

KnightWRX
Dec 5, 2010, 08:41 AM
I've never heard of this closure before....

Then why did you start this thread ? :rolleyes:

You do realise I'm just playing with you and there's no such thing as ridiculous as your MBA not getting delivered because of snow. At most it'll be a little late if there's really some bad weather. Seeing how there was nothing serious about this thread to begin with...

ukpetey
Dec 5, 2010, 08:56 AM
This is probably a stupid question but... Theres been lots of snow over the past week and things came to a standstill in the UK. Luckily for now it's gone away but. I ordered my 13" Air last night and estimated delivery is 21st of December.

I'm basically worrying if it snows again whether Apple will deliver or not? Does anyone have any experience of this?
Kris

Here in the North East of England it certainly hasn't gone away, still over a foot deep! I ordered my iPad on black Friday, and it was delivered last Monday, we had loads of snow here by then. The UPS man battled his way through the snow to get it to me safely and on time.

Ultimately there can only be two scenarios. One, it arrives before Christmas, or Two, it doesn't! Either way is out of your control. When you get your Air, you'll love it!

Happy Christmas :)

Peter

linkandzelda
Dec 5, 2010, 08:57 AM
Theres only one serious thing about this thread. Waiting to see if a person had bad experience with snow and deliveries.

Apple OC
Dec 5, 2010, 09:20 AM
Apple's system doesn't account for the 4 months delivery close downs because in the south hemisphere, winter is actually during the June-September period and some parts of the world don't have snow year round. It would mean too many variables.

I hope you get it before the 21st instead of in April, that would be a major bummer. In the winter months, just go to stores, especially during the holidays. Plenty of people around and a jolly good time to shop.

I especially hope for you it's not on the truck when it snows and the delivery guy has to stop on the side of the road and live off scraps and burning packages for 4 months because of the closedown.

Why respond with a useless response to tell the OP ... you do not like their question?

FedEx and UPS will deliver, no matter what the weather ... They may take an extra day or two because of bad weather.

Good luck ... I hope you get it in time for Christmas.

old-wiz
Dec 5, 2010, 09:47 AM
. *prays to delivery gods and snow gods*

I find that sacrificing a sheep or goat helps appease the snow gods.

hcho3
Dec 5, 2010, 09:59 AM
Is this a serious question... What if it snows????

ABG
Dec 5, 2010, 10:22 AM
It did say on Apples site that if i ordered now it will be delivered on the 21st... Maybe i should of bought it in store :/

It also says that's an estimate. I ordered yesterday and it says delivery 16th-20th December.

We ordered an iPad for my son on Black Friday from Apple on-line and it arrived 6 days later, so I wouldn't worry if I were you.

snberk103
Dec 5, 2010, 10:39 AM
I love watching news coverage of the Brits getting tied up with snow. Almost invariably they've been "blanketed" by a thin skiff of snow that Canadians would just laugh at. Hint... if there isn't enough to make a snowman with, it's not "blanketing". :)

ps I liked the deliveries 'closed for 4 months' thing. I think you had the OP wondering for just a moment.

pps At least here, delivery services will go that extra mile to get things to you before Christmas. So, even if there is a snow storm on the 20th, 21st they will probably put in the extra hours and days to get things delivered before Santa Day.

TPadden
Dec 5, 2010, 10:58 AM
Is this a serious question... What if it snows????
But what about the buffalo?

xlii
Dec 5, 2010, 11:04 AM
If it snows the reindeer will bring it.

KnightWRX
Dec 5, 2010, 11:09 AM
Why respond with a useless response to tell the OP ... you do not like their question?

Why repond with a useless response to tell me... you do not like my response ? :rolleyes:

The question was useless. It's obvious to anyone with an average IQ what snow entails on delivery. Either it still gets there on-time because the company is equipped to deal with the weather or at worse, it gets there a bit late.

GoCubsGo
Dec 5, 2010, 11:16 AM
It sure is discouraging to see someone can buy a pricey computer and still not quite get that snow doesn't halt the delivery business completely. It could delay it, but the machine will get there. OTOH, if you're near an Apple store and you don't need CTO then why are you buying online anyway? Get out and go buy it.

HLdan
Dec 5, 2010, 11:24 AM
Theres only one serious thing about this thread. Waiting to see if a person had bad experience with snow and deliveries.

Shipping companies are well prepared for all whether conditions, if it snows, it snows, and if it's slows down the transportation of goods then there's nothing you or anyone can do about it. Asking of other's experiences here won't help either, everyone's situation is different.

Most people here are telling you positive things. All it would take is one person to write of a bad experience and then you're disappointed? WOW, just WOW. There's only one serious thing about this thread, your paranoia. :rolleyes:

weckart
Dec 5, 2010, 11:27 AM
It sure is discouraging to see someone can buy a pricey computer and still not quite get that snow doesn't halt the delivery business completely.

It's because there isn't an app for that yet.

molala
Dec 5, 2010, 11:35 AM
It might be delayed, but it will get delivered. TNT, Fedex and UPS have tracking systems and if they will have to hold your parcel, they won't lose it. They aren't really the problem, the problem in southern England was roads. It didn't matter that all these companies could load their trucks, the roads were not gritted sufficiently, had slippery ice and a build up of snow, and were closed. There were cities in the south that weren't served by any transport on Wednesday and Thursday.

So yes, if it happens again and the snow affects your area, you'll just have to wait for your MBA.

Amazon UK stopped putting a "delivery estimate" on their sales last week because snow did affect delivery.

Good thing this weekend is a little warmer.

chrono1081
Dec 5, 2010, 11:47 AM
Here in the North East of England it certainly hasn't gone away, still over a foot deep!

You can send it all to Pennsylvania. We will gladly take it :) (Especially Blue Knob Ski Resort )

rdowns
Dec 5, 2010, 11:50 AM
I didn't get one this past summer because I was afraid locusts might interrupt the delivery.

linkandzelda
Dec 5, 2010, 12:00 PM
The Air I ordered was CTO, upgraded to 4GB and also i had education discount applied to it. Those two things are what caused me to order it instead of buy it.

i guess theres no true point to this thread, but i got some good responses from it lol.

alexph
Dec 5, 2010, 12:08 PM
I ordered mine ( 4Gb Ram and 2.13 CPU) on 23rd November.
Was scheduled for delivery 6/7th December;
Was actually delivered 30th November - in the middle of snow -
Was returned to Apple 3rd December

Have a late 2008 128Gb SSD MBA and felt that the new one was inferior build quality

A

teski
Dec 5, 2010, 12:15 PM
It's because there isn't an app for that yet.

That was funny.

teski
Dec 5, 2010, 12:18 PM
Theres only one serious thing about this thread. Waiting to see if a person had bad experience with snow and deliveries.

Define bad. I mean come on. You have to know that UPS/FedEx and other shipping companies are set to handle this. If you define a delay by a couple of days as a bad experience, then it is possible that you'll have one. Let me ask you a question. What are you actually worried about?

Caem
Dec 5, 2010, 12:27 PM
Im from Sweden and I have noticed how people react different to snow, last winter in Sweden we had an average snowlevel of 2.3 feet (70cm).

1 foot = 30.48 centimeters
1 inch = 2.54 centimeters.

Sweden's Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMHI)

Snow Level - Season 2009-2010 (http://www.smhi.se/klimatdata/meteorologi/sno/snodjup-2.1076)
Snow Level - Season 2010-2011 (http://www.smhi.se/klimatdata/meteorologi/sno/snodjup-2.722)

As previous posters have said, you shouldnt have to worry, your delivery might be a day or two late, but it will get there.

Jaffa Cake
Dec 5, 2010, 12:32 PM
Especially Blue Knob Ski ResortBlimey, it must be really cold there... :eek:

linkandzelda
Dec 5, 2010, 12:36 PM
I ordered mine ( 4Gb Ram and 2.13 CPU) on 23rd November.
Was scheduled for delivery 6/7th December;
Was actually delivered 30th November - in the middle of snow -
Was returned to Apple 3rd December

Have a late 2008 128Gb SSD MBA and felt that the new one was inferior build quality

A

That seems to be good and bad news... Its good it arrived earlier than estimated which is very hopeful, but you say is inferior build quality? I would of thought it was much more solid than previous models, no?

nOw2
Dec 5, 2010, 01:04 PM
I have experience of deliveries in the UK when it snows. Usually they get through on time. As people have said, Apple doesn't hand deliver it. In the UK its UPS and locally at least UPS van drivers won't slow for anything (including speed limits, other cars, rain, snow, good manners).

England and Wales have problems with snow because it is so rare. Nobody has a set of snow tyres because in all likelihood it won'd snow, and when it does snow the roads are gritted until it melts.
And when the snow does fall in reasonable amounts that render grit less effective, we enjoy complaining that the council hasn't gritted the roads enough for us to drive on safely with our 245/30 18" summer tyres.

alexph
Dec 5, 2010, 01:07 PM
That seems to be good and bad news... Its good it arrived earlier than estimated which is very hopeful, but you say is inferior build quality? I would of thought it was much more solid than previous models, no?

Well IMHO No - of course I am only 1 of many thousand of purchasers, but:
1. The keyboard was tinnier, less solid and nosier
2. I hated the click of the left/right buttons on the trackpad - yes i know that I could use the tap method, but my 2008 MBA had totally silent right.left click bar. This clicking was really irritating in a quiet environment.
3. The fan came on much more when running the same programmes
4. The palm rests felt rougher to the touch, i guess the casing is of a slightly different material.
5. I feel that the loss of backlit keys was a backward step

On the plus side, the screen depth of colour was better.

However overall, I just felt that it wasn't worth paying the 1300 and I managed to create some additional space on my existing MBA which will last me through to next year

zen
Dec 6, 2010, 12:59 AM
Just curious - all MBA models and BTO options are listed on the Apple UK store as a maximum of 3 days for delivery (some are 24 hours).

So why does your order say a delivery by December 21st?

ABG
Dec 6, 2010, 03:01 AM
Just curious - all MBA models and BTO options are listed on the Apple UK store as a maximum of 3 days for delivery (some are 24 hours).

So why does your order say a delivery by December 21st?

Its how long Apple builds in for its delivery process. Its usually quicker, but not much. My MBA ordered Saturday has been despatched this morning - delivery expected on or before 17th December.

zen
Dec 6, 2010, 03:05 AM
Its how long Apple builds in for its delivery process. Its usually quicker, but not much. My MBA ordered Saturday has been despatched this morning - delivery expected on or before 17th December.
Oh, got it. The 3 days is actually ships in, and then you allow for whatever extra for delivery.

Thanks. I was curious as I'm ordering one next week (15th), but I guess that won't arrive before Christmas.

linkandzelda
Dec 6, 2010, 04:01 AM
Where do the UK ones actually ship from? If they ship it via UPS or another currier then surely it would only take a few days? Not 12... That is if they ship it after 3 days as stated. I wonder if it comes from California or someplace.

tmoerel
Dec 6, 2010, 05:05 AM
Where do the UK ones actually ship from? If they ship it via UPS or another currier then surely it would only take a few days? Not 12... That is if they ship it after 3 days as stated. I wonder if it comes from California or someplace.

All the Airs seem to ship straight from the factory in China. Hence the time it takes to get to you!

The Samurai
Dec 6, 2010, 05:52 AM
I was due to get an iMac last Thursday (was showing as 'scheduled for delivery on 2/12/10). No delivery to date. Tracker is still showing the same thing for the past 4 days.

UPS don't know where it is... local UPS depot says they have 4 trailers parked up in their lot as they have a huge backlog and their warehouse is completely full. Mines is supposedly in there 'somewhere'.

I guess it depends how much snow your area got :(


EDIT: local UPS depot is Glasgow (Cumbernauld).

linkandzelda
Dec 6, 2010, 11:42 AM
I contacted the apple support. They apparently have lots of warehouses and it could ship from any one of them. Also they say it CAN arrive sooner than estimated and that, when it's shipped I will get an exact delivery date. Let's hope they send it via UPS and not DHL...

ABG
Dec 6, 2010, 04:46 PM
I contacted the apple support. They apparently have lots of warehouses and it could ship from any one of them. All the BTO stuff I've ordered over the past few years online has come from China - where I'm sure they have a lot of warehouses.

Also they say it CAN arrive sooner than estimated We know - you've been told that a few times already (twice by me) :rolleyes:

and that, when it's shipped I will get an exact delivery date. Let's hope they send it via UPS and not DHL...

Sorry Apple Support, wrong guess. Would you like to go for the double Jeopardy where the scores can really change?

My Apple shipment info (supplied today) says:

Shipped on: Dec 6, 2010
Estimated Delivery: 16 Dec, 2010 - 20 Dec, 2010

Now the tracking link says:

Current Delivery Status In Transit to Customer - Shipment on Schedule 10 Dec 2010
Estimated Delivery Date (Subject to change) 18 Dec 2010 (Subject to change)

The 10th is in line with the delivery speed for the iPad I mentioned earlier in the thread. But is there an exact date - no. Its still an estimated date of the 18th.
In the UK you usually only KNOW on the day when you start seeing UK tracking info saying "out for delivery".

Or to put it another way - with all the Apple stuff I've bought online I get it delivered to the office and not home, because you just can't tell when its going to turn up.

But hey - maybe your order is different. :)

HLdan
Dec 6, 2010, 05:48 PM
I contacted the apple support. They apparently have lots of warehouses and it could ship from any one of them. Also they say it CAN arrive sooner than estimated and that, when it's shipped I will get an exact delivery date. Let's hope they send it via UPS and not DHL...

OP please calm down. Why are you creating an issue that hasn't even happened yet?

Seawolf8080
Dec 6, 2010, 08:15 PM
IF it snows more than an inch anywhere along the delivery route from China to your door, the product is returned to shipper.

linkandzelda
Dec 7, 2010, 03:06 PM
Well i got shipping confirmation today. It's estimated for 20th or before. It was sent using Syncreon Technology any ideas? Never heard of them before. It was also shipped from China. Something I don't get, why does it take so long from China?

EDIT: Funny, i tracked the shipment it says 23rd of December... That's rather late I hope it's before that!!! Even though the Email says 20th.