Ship to store option? Is it quicker?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by pradeepgj, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. pradeepgj macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Ordered my MBA 13" on 6/28. Opted for ship to store. Initially the pickup date was July 10. Order shipped on July 1st. Not the pickup date is July 9. Any one have experience with ship to store? Will I get my mac by this week end?

    Cant wait for this baby. My first mac ever.
  2. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    I am waiting on my MBA but had the shipping changed from the store to my business. This was two days faster. The FedEx shipping says it will be here on Monday but I am betting it will be here Friday from what the tracking shows.

  3. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    If they have your particular model in store, I believe you can pick it up same day. However if it's a BTO then it seems like it takes about the same amount of time. One thing I did notice (here in Colorado, anyway) is that if you choose ship to store, they charge the tax for where the store is located. By shipping to my house, I save about $80 in tax vs shipping to my closest Apple store.

    Also, welcome to the club. I'm sure you and your Mac will be very happy.
  4. Calady macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    In my area they use FedEx for ship to addresses but UPS for ship to store. My ship to store order actually arrived 3 days earlier than the estimate. It ended up about the same but since no one is home to sign the order I'd rather pick it up at the store.
  5. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    I always order from Apple online since the computers I need are Built To Order (BTO) models that require upgrades the store doesn't carry. Since I'm such a Mac Addict and buy several, I've tried all three options. Delivery to my office at work, or to home, or to my local Mac Store. Living within 10 min of the Apple store works the best for me since I don't have to be there to sign for it like I would at home or the office. Also it's a nice excuse to leave and pick it up at the store.

    In addition the priceless advantage in the store is I ask a sales associate to witness me unpacking it. That's paid off handsomely. Two weeks ago I picked up a new MBA. Upon opening the box you could see more than six four inch long, very deep scratches on it's lid. The sales persons eyes went wide in surprise. He called the manager over who asked how I'd dropped it. That's how quick they are to place blame on the customer. When the sales associate said it came out of the box that way, immediately the managers attitude changed.

    Four weeks later I took delivery of the replacement which was better. Thus in my case the in store delivery is best.

    Time? In my experience there's no difference.
  6. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    You would have had no problems returning a damaged MBA, even if delivered to you house.:p
  7. pradeepgj thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Thanks for all your input. I guess i will be getting it by Monday or Tuesday. I will definitely open the box right there to check it out.
  8. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    No offense, but how could changing the delivery address be quicker?
  9. ImAliveUK macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2007
    Kings Cross, London UK
  10. pradeepgj thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    None taken.

    It can make a difference, and it could be early or late. it all depends on logistics and where it ships from. I dont know if these ship to store orders are shipped separately or along with other consignments shipping to the same store. If its the latter, then it might be slower when compared to ship to home.

    at the same time, I had read in this forum, that people have received ship to store items earlier than the given date.

    I have always received apple ship to home products in 3-5 days. When compared to that, the ship to store option seems to be delayed, at least to the location I picked.


    I doubt if they ever send it back. Since its already paid for, they will probably hold it for a month or even more. Just speculating.
  11. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    Does it matter now? Procedure is already in-motion. Even if you know the pilot who's flying in your shipment, he's not going to open the pallet and find your 1 laptop to switch it to more faster route.

    The die is cast, the Big Bang is been unleashed. There is nothing to do but to hope nobody drop the dang thing ^)
  12. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    1. The ONLY thing that changes when you ship to a store is the address on the external label of the box your MBA is in.

    2. People receive orders shipped to their homes earlier than Apple estimated.

    3. People receive orders shipped to their homes earlier than the carrier estimated.

    The only benefits of shipping to a store are you don't have to be home when the carrier delivers it. The downside is you have to go to the store.

    So, the answer to your question in the thread subject is; "No, it's not quicker."
  13. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Ship to store is within a day the same speed as ship to home. The advantage of ship to store is you don't have to worry about missing the delivery and having to wait another day for it.

    And ship to store is definitely better than having to go to the Fedex or UPS depot to pick up it up. In my case the Apple Store is closer and easier to get to then either depot.
  14. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
    Delivery can vary. For me ship to store arrives 5-7 days early. The real advantage is that I don't have to book off an entire day to be available to sign for the delivery. Early arrival is a nice bonus.
  15. tjdaugherty macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2011
  16. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I did a ship to store from a store, and it was never delivered. I called to cancel it about 2 weeks later, and they said it had been sitting at the store for a week, and therefore couldn't be canceled but had to be returned.

    Combined with the fact that I was on the other side of the state, it was a terrible experience. I would not do it again.
  17. pradeepgj thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Finally got my pickup notice today. 2 days earlier than expected.
  18. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Expected according to which delivery estimate, Apple or the carrier?
  19. pradeepgj thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010

    There is no way to know the Carrier estimate or shipping details for ship to store orders. At least, I could not find any.
  20. jadam macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2002
    Same here, my order is on the Fedex truck and should be delivered today. Apple estimated a delivery date of July 10th.
  21. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Apple's estimates almost always err on the side of a longer delivery date, probably to prevent 1,000s of people from calling when their device doesn't appear 'on time', i.e., they forget it's an estimate not a promise.
  22. pradeepgj thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Yep. Totally agree. I am sure they add a buffer to each order estimate based on supply and demand.
  23. irDigital0l, Jul 8, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2013

    irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Yea ordered mines on July 2, was suppose to come on July 12, now its July 11.

    I wonder if it'll be even earlier.

    Edit: Well guess I spoke to soon, got a text from Apple saying it was ready for pick up. Went during lunch to pick it up, using for 3 hours, battery still strong.
  24. jksu macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2009

    my 2013 11" i5/8/256 bto ship to store came 4 days early. love it!

    an upgrade from my 2010 11" 4/128 which had <10gigs left. silent, fast, samsung screen (old lg wasn't bad after calibration but less lcd bleed on the new screen).

    bought it with new airport extreme too
  25. pradeepgj thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Picked up mine yesterday. Loving the design and sleekness so far. Have n't spent too much time in the OS yet, other than setting it up. I have a steep learning curve, coming from a PC environment for eternity.

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