BTO rMBP heading East around globe to UK?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 5to1, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. 5to1 macrumors 6502

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    We've ordered many Apple products over the years and they've always taken a left out of the factory to head West towards the UK. As such looking at the tracking info, I can make an informed judgement when to expect the new "toy".

    However, my rMBP seems to be heading the other way around the globe and I'm therefore unsure how long it will take (the delivery estimates always seem to be wrong for me). Anyone else seen their order take this route and if so can shed some light on when I can expect it. I wouldn't normally be impatient enough to start such a thread, but I kinda of need it and am a little inquisitive as it doesn't seem like a logical way to get it to me (but having seen trains transported by road, I probably shouldn't be surprised by anything the freight industry does) :/

    Philadelphia, PA, United States 05/02/2014 6:15 Arrival Scan
    Louisville, KY, United States 05/02/2014 4:47 Departure Scan
    05/02/2014 1:02 Arrival Scan
    Anchorage, AK, United States 04/02/2014 14:43 Departure Scan
    04/02/2014 12:39 Arrival Scan
    Osaka, Japan 04/02/2014 23:18 Departure Scan
    04/02/2014 20:54 Arrival Scan
    Shanghai, China 04/02/2014 19:26 Departure Scan
    04/02/2014 18:41 Departure Scan
    04/02/2014 16:03 Export Scan
    03/02/2014 23:15 This shipment is warehoused until it is released by clearing agency / Released by Clearing Agency. Now in-transit
    Shanghai, China 03/02/2014 23:06 This shipment is warehoused until it is released by clearing agency
    03/02/2014 17:38 Arrival Scan
    03/02/2014 17:23 Departure Scan
    03/02/2014 15:42 Origin Scan
    China 03/02/2014 0:34 Order Processed: Ready for UPS
     
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    I'd think that combining freight with other freight might be cheaper. Say you have a container with space for 1,000 MBPs and want to send 900 to the USA, adding 100 destined for the UK might be essentially free.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I think companies need a PhD in advanced economics and mathematics now a days to figure out the most economical way to ship products. I agree with gnasher729 in that it probably makes more sense to send it to the US with all the other MBPs and then to UK from there.
     
  4. 5to1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm sure UPS have sent it this way for a "valid money saving" reason. Just curious if anyone else has experienced this, as while the rMBP must be having a great time crossing the US by rail/road/plane (I'm kinda jealous to be honest :/), I think it may well take longer to get to me :(

    We order a lot of stuff for work aswell and I've never seen anything go this way around the globe from China :/

    Now I'm wondering if it will head to NY and jump on a plane straight to LHR (I live in west London near LHR :)) or if it will follow Apples normal route into Europe via Germany/Poland/etc
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Mine came straight from China, but them I love in the States :/
     
  6. 5to1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    And it's just departed philly, anyone want to hazard a guess where it's going next :)
     
  7. MacVibe macrumors regular

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    Back to Kentucky?
     
  8. 5to1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I hope not :O
     
  9. 5to1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm arrival scan Koeln Germany, guess its either hit the right continent (or its just a paperwork scan and is still en route). Atleast from here I have a rough idea how long it will take :)
     
  10. 5to1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Noticed the package hit stanstead in the early hours, so thought great I'll get it today/tomorrow. But it's been sitting there all morning, so I called UPS. Who told me it's been scheduled for delivery Monday, so despite being in the country early they'll be holding it for delivery on 10th. That's not a date I requested and I explained the sooner the better for me, but just got the response UPS are committed to delivering on the 10th :/ Committed to whom, lol
     
  11. HazzaB macrumors newbie

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    My BTO rMBP has done the opposite loop of the world (sent from Shanghai on 05/02), it's been via Korea, Kazakhstan, Poland, Germany, and is now sat at Castle Donnington (East Mids Airport). My UPS tracking page also gives an estimated delivery date of the 10th. I'd love it to be here today or tomorrow but I'm not holding out for that :(
     
  12. Accord3 macrumors member

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    my BTO mac mini took 7 days from China just before Christmas last year, but it was held up at East Midlands Airport over the weekend.
     
  13. 5to1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    :eek: its out for delivery. Good thing I'm home anyway, despite their unequivocal statement it wouldn't come until Monday.
     
  14. 5to1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well it arrived late afternoon. So far so good :) Loving the screen (at native or 1680x1050 depending on what I'm doing).
     

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