You know, e-mail time is *not* a time stamp...

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by nrubenstein, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. nrubenstein macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2008
    Washington, DC
    I keep seeing people bandying about email confirmation times as if they are a time stamp. You do realize that the email time can be fairly arbitrary and minutes off, right?

    If you want to compare whether someone went before or after you, you are really going to need to compare order numbers. (And is it just me, or is Apple counting *down* on order numbers?) I'm not sure that I would advise posting order numbers (as in, I won't be), but it's something to be very much aware of.

    Yes, e-mail time is a reasonable guide for when you might expect to see your order shipped, but it's nothing more.

    Edit: And just to be clear, yes, my order is still processing. 12:08 42mm Milanese.
  2. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    But it gives us an indication of where we stand relative to one another. Most people will have gotten that email in far less than a minute. If someone notices they got the email 2 minutes after their order went through, then they can take that into account.
  3. MartyCan macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2012
    Near Toronto, ON
    12:08 on that config? Hope your current watch can hold out that long! :D
  4. macgeek01 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2013
    I order at :01 and just got email confirmation now and still processing.
  5. nrubenstein thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2008
    Washington, DC
    As I said, it's a reasonable approximation of your position. However, I see a decent number of people *flipping out* that someone with a later reported time got a shipping confirmation before they did. If you are using it as a general reference, great. If you are using it as an absolute reference, that's dumb.
  6. adm58 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2007
    Order numbers are not sequential. Apple shuffles them to prevent people from inferring sales figures. I ordered two watches in under a minute and the order numbers were 89 million apart.
  7. physicsguy13 macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2010
    Huntiingon Beach, CA
    The time that people ordered is not the primary reason that many are still waiting for their :apple: watch. The reality is that Apple didn't/doesn't have stock for several models and, if you ordered one of those models you are currently waiting. The time stamp might matter once Apple starts shipping some of those models, but right now the folks that are getting a watch sooner, even though they ordered later, didn't order the same watch.
  8. claydoh macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2015
    Me and you are in for the same model at the same time. I agree with you about the timestamp. I wish there were a way to compare actual times that orders hit Apple's servers but I guess there really isn't a way to do that. I doubt one of Apple's level 1 support would have that info or give it to us if they did.

    I am going to PM you my email address. I would much appreciate you contacting me when your order moves out of the processing death trap and I will do the same for you if you like. Surely if one of us gets shipped the other will too (who knows there could be thousands between us) but I would like to compare notes between me and you since we are in the exact same boat as far as I can tell.
  9. John6Plus macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2014
    Holland, MI
    This has been a pet peeve of mine on here since last Monday. I may have overreacted once and got my first ever trolling warning as a result. :eek:

    I've been watching it just to see how fast the timestamp changes in people's reported shipments - it does give a general idea of how close they are to my criminally "late" order that went through at T+20min. I've been hoping that it's an exponential curve down from the order density in the T+1-2min range as people rushed the gates, so to speak.

    Not to mention, your exact place "in line" was essentially a total crapshoot in those first few minutes anyway, so to get bent out of shape that Apple may be going out of order (by seconds or even a minute or two) is asinine.

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