Taiwan Shipping????????????

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Harry K., Dec 24, 2003.

  1. Harry K. macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2003
    North Carolina
    I recently ordered a powerbook from the Apple Store to get here in time for Christmas. I ordered it on the 20th and with 2-3 day shipping. Now I check back on it, and it's in Taiwan and expected to arrive on the 29th. I just can't understand why they ship from Taiwan. My brother ordered a 12" on the same day and his arrived today. Please, could you tell me what's up with that, and why they ship from Taiwan?
  2. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop
  3. G4scott macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    That might explain why. Also, Apple might not have any in the US in stock for their online store. It's easier to ship straight from Taiwan off the assembly line then ship them to a warehouse in the US, especially if it's a newer product. It just depends on what Apple has, and where.

    If there was any part of it that was BTO, though, it would most definitely come from where it's being built.
  4. pivo6 macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2002
    Even something as simple as additional memory. I ordered my iMac last year, and the only addiional item I added was memory. It shipped from Taiwan to Anchorage, to Minneapolis.
  5. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    maybe they are having a shortage like the ipods.

  6. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Maybe it indicates an update to be announced by Steve on the 5th! :)
  7. Macpoops macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2002
    A buddy of mine said he ordered a 12 inch from an apple store but he won't get it til april or march cause of a "superdrive shortage" i think he's full of it. I've been telling him to cancel the order and just get it through the online store but he claims there is the shortage and it doesn't matter.
  8. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    I ordered a new PB15 built to order on Dec 23 it shipped from taiwan this morning and is going to arrive around the 30th or hopefully sooner. Because i got it BTO it is shipping from Taiwan. I dont think that if there is a shortage means they are gonna release new models but that the xmas rush has emptyed current stock. If updates were comming than apple would stop building current models so close to a revision. The fact that apple is still mass producing current models leads me to believe that Apple wont be updateing Powerbooks any time soon
  9. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    Welcome to the world of outsourcing.

    It's much cheaper to have the warehousing done in Taiwan. Apple probably doesn't even handle the order taking itself. I don't know who their freight forwarder is for the US, FedEx probably if they're routing through Anchorage. If it is then they probably handle the entire process from pickup at factory to delivery to customer's door. According to a recent thread about slow deliveries in Europe, TNT handles the entire process for Europe. I doubt that Apple has any warehouses of its own in the US and the Apple Brick and Mortar stores along with the online store are probably supplied the same way, that way there are fewer handling issues. Of course all one's eggs or in the case of the burning FedEx plane, iPods, are in one basket and it can be disastrous.

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