iPad Can someone explain iPad tracking process?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Elbert C, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. Elbert C, Dec 11, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 13, 2014

    Elbert C macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    AK, USA
    Why does my refurbished iPad tracking show it came in to the US, back out to Asia, then right back into USA and then back out to Asia?
    Destination is Alaska.

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  2. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    Wow I have no idea, to be completely honest. Could be botched scans, could be some sort of issue that they ran into with shipping, etc... I remember I ordered an iPod touch 5th gen back in September of 2012 and it went from anchorage to Nashville, to somewhere in Pennsylvania, back to Nashville, then into Kentucky. Then it eventually made its way up to New York. Took forever.
  3. minimo3 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2010
    Time zones/crossing the international date line. Hong Kong/Taiwan are 10 hours ahead of PST and Japan is 11 hours ahead I believe. A flight from NRT-SFO is around 9hrs so you could leave Tokyo at 10am on Thursday and arrive in San Francisco at 8am on the same day going back in time. :)

    The scans on the tracking page don't adjust to GMT, they are just showing local time in where ever it was scanned.
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Not unusual. I have seen crazy stuff like that when getting Apple products from China.

    Just relax and when it hits stateside tracking is much more dependable
  5. Elbert C thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    AK, USA
    Tracking shows it's in AK on it's way to me via USPS. :cool:
    I had no doubts it would eventually get to AK. Fedexs tracking is really odd that it showed it originated from CN then on to HK > CA > TW > CA > JP > TN > AK.

    I once ordered a couple iPods that both arrived in Anchorage at the same time. One of them went for a ride around the states while the other waited in Anchorage.
  6. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    As others have mentioned, the international date line is fooling you. The times listed are *LOCAL* time. China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are UTC +8, Japan is UTC +9, Oakland is UTC -8, Alaska is UTC -9.

    So the actual path was (all converted to Alaska time):

    Date/Time			Activity						Location
    12/8/2014 10:01 PM	Shipment information sent to FedEx	China?
    12/9/2014 9:27 AM	Picked up				Shenzhen, China
    12/9/2014 1:03 PM	Left FedEx origin facility		Shenzhen, China
    12/9/2014 1:55 PM	In transit				Lantau Island, Hong Kong
    12/9/2014 7:42 PM	In transit				Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
    12/9/2014 11:42 PM	In transit				Ta Yuan Hsiang, Taiwan
    12/10/2014 3:12 AM	In transit				Sennan-Shi, Japan
    12/10/2014 3:22 AM	In transit				Sennan-Shi, Japan
    12/11/2014 5:29 AM	Arrived at FedEx location		Oakland, CA, USA
    12/11/2014 8:42 AM	International shipment release - Import	Oakland, CA, USA
    You'll note that in your screenshot there is a "Select time zone" drop-down that defaults to "Local Scan Time", which can make it confusing when things cross the international date line as it sorts based on the date/time *DISPLAYED*. Switch that drop-down to "Destination" and it will show everything in your time zone. (Which will reorder items to the proper order!)
  7. Elbert C thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    AK, USA
    Got it. Thank you. I got confused with "Local Scan Time" thinking it was the same as AK time.
  8. rigormortis, Dec 12, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2014

    rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    i heard about this

    this is what i was told

    FEDEX makes up scans and pretends to scan your item

    they put all the known iPads in one big giant crate
    scanning the crate scans all the individual ipads at once

    the crate shows up short and your iPad is missing

    it turns out it was in a different crate and that is why you see this

    china does not send out iPads individually to be scanned once at a time by fedex. fedex scans the container

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