Will FedEx leave my package at my door upon request?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mreJ, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. mreJ macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2011
    I was looking to order a laptop from Apple.com and I was wondering if I would be required to sign for the package or not. I found online that FedEx will leave the package there if I leave a note with the tracking# and my signature...but I just wanted to get a little insight seeing that the package is coming from Apple and may be a different case.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    If it's shipped through FedEx, they will do whatever FedEx policy normally dictates. There's no special Apple shipping.
  3. mreJ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2011
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I wouldn't chance leaving an expensive product on the porch, no matter who delivers it. What if it's stolen? since you signed a release, the shipper is not responsible.
  5. swimminmatt macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
  6. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    You can put a delivery signature on file with at least Fedex, I know because I have one. Every Fedex tracking to my address says "Delivery signature on file"

    Last delivery I had from Apple (last week) there was an option on the tracking status that allowed me to pre-sign if I desired.
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    FWIW, everything I've ordered from Apple has had a "Pre-Sign for Delivery" option.

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  8. Shrink, Nov 26, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2011

    Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    If you feel that the package will be safe left near your front or back door, the form shown in the quoted post will allow FedEx to leave the package if you are not home. But remember, signing the form is the equivalent of signing as if the package was hand delivered by FedEx. You have no recourse if the item is stolen - you signed for it.

    I'm in a place where items can be left safely at my door. I have made copies of the "pre-sign" form, cleared the pre-printed tracking number, and used the form (filling in the tracking number) for other deliveries, both from FedEx and UPS I made it a generic form by covering the tracking number, and now have a delivery permission form to use with vendors who do not supply the form, as Apple does. Very convenient for when I am expecting a FedEx or UPS delivery and can't be home to sign for it. (Yes, even though it is a FedEx form, UPS will honor it because the information on the form gives the shipper legal permission to leave the item, and absolves them from any liability or responsibility for the package once it is left.)
  9. MacAddict1978 macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2006
    Actually, there used to be. I learned something new reading this thread. While Fed Ex offers these options, the shipper can block the receiver from using them, and in the past Apple always required a signature. Which I can't fault them form.

    I wouldn't ever have an expensive item. Typically, the Fed Ex or UPS warehouse is localized and for most people a very short drive. You can just pick up a package on your way home from work at their warehouse. Always a good option unless you live out in the cut.

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