Apple Watch stolen out of shipping box!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Elenadc, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Elenadc macrumors member

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    My Series 3 was supposed to be here today to replace my old Series 0, but when I opened the shipping box the first thing I noticed was that there was no shrink wrap on the watch box. They come wrapped, right? I opened the box and it was empty. No watch, no charger. The box was pretty obviously re-taped. I even had it held rather than having it delivered and left on my porch thinking it would be safer that way. Customer service is escalating my claim, so hopefully it gets figured out soon.

    Has this happened to anyone else?

    Pictures of the box and tape:
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  3. Elenadc thread starter macrumors member

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    I got it through my insurance company, but it was shipped right from Apple. The box didn’t say Apple, it said AI for Apple Inc, but one quick google of the return address shows that’s an Apple shipping location.
     
  4. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    I asked because the tape on the box didn't look very, well, Apple-y. In addition it's easy to put a return address on that looks kosher on a package.

    Any chance you could take a picture of the return address part of the box just so folk here can potentially chime in on its validity?
     
  5. Elenadc thread starter macrumors member

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    Here’s the label. The original tape seems to be a paper-y brown tape, which I’ve seen on Apple stuff before. The packing tape is on top.
     

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  6. drewsof07 macrumors 68000

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    Not saying this was a contributing factor, but most if not all of Fedex destination/delivery hubs are operated by contracted drivers who wear Fedex garb and get paid pennies on the dollar compared to UPS drivers. Not as much skin in the game.
     
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    Paper tape I get, the transparent tape was what got me.

    Indeed your are correct insofar as that address does seem to have been referenced but other folk in regards to Apple Watch deliveries.

    It's a bit of a toughie I'll admit.
     
  8. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I have read of this happening a few times on the forum over the years.

    It stinks that someone stole from you and the insurance company. The good news is it should be easier to get a replacement seeing how it was stolen at the hub and not off your porch.
     
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    If (reading between the lines of your post) this was the case then that might explain that plastic transparent tape that's tingling my spider-sense.
     
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    That looks legit.

    Edited to add: The first picture makes it clear that your box was opened and retaped (badly).
     
  11. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    My guess is that somehow someone nicked it in en-route then retaped the box.

    The plus to all this is that @Elenadc has the serial number so Apple should be able to track the device.

    Or it could be I'm getting into conspiracy theories as I binge watch Absentia on Amazon Prime!
     
  12. Elenadc thread starter macrumors member

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    Ideally, they'll see that it was obviously re-taped, and send a new one out asap. And at the very least they can disable the stolen one with the serial, right? If not outright track it.
     
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    It is a good thing she was quick in reporting the theft. Hopefully, Apple will blacklist the watch from activation and the thief will get caught.

    I think you see a rabbit hole you want to jump down. lol
     
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    Hopefully, yes.

    Please do let us know the outcome of this, it's both sad and fascinating simultaneously.
     
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    On the bright side, this incident got you to move from lurking to posting. :D
     
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  17. Elenadc thread starter macrumors member

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    This is true, I'm much more of a reader than a poster. I'll have to make more of an effort, lol.
     
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  20. derf36 macrumors newbie

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    Having an empty box arrive must have been a shock. It's odd that the thief wouldn't have swiped the whole parcel, unless he/she didn't want to get caught with the box.

    Coincidentally, I ordered a watch two weeks ago. It shipped UPS and I was tracking it along the way. Last Tuesday it arrived at a UPS waypoint but the movement stopped. On Monday I called Apple, they were great and shipped out a new replacement immediately. It's supposed to arrive by Friday, hopefully the box isn't empty :)

    I suspect it'll all work out for you. Apple will investigate with the shipper but I'd bet they get a new one on the way to you without much fuss.
     
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    Point taken. lol. I freely admit I can be verbose at times.
     
  22. Relentless Power, Mar 7, 2018
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    I read where this has happened to some iPhone owners where the iPhone has been stolen out of the box. Apple conducts their own investigation with the shipping company and then they will inform you when they complete their investigation and decide what’s the best method. Fed-Ex I personally don’t care for though.
     
  23. Elenadc thread starter macrumors member

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    They’re investigating my claim and apparently that takes between 10-15 business days. It’s gonna be awhile before I get my new watch...
     
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    Hopefully it was...insured....
     
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    Thanks for keeping us informed - fascinated to hear the outcome.
     

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