Friday, January 2, 2009

The black hole of shipping that is Indianapolis

I'm not entirely sure why, but as indicated by my title, Indianapolis is a shipping black hole.

Let me explain. Three times now, when I have ordered purchases that I am highly anticipating, I have tracked their progress either through USPS or UPS online. And in all three cases, the items made it from various other states (Ohio, New York, or Pennsylvania) in less than 36 hours. 

I'll be there, at the computer, looking at the screen...and that screen would be telling me that my package was IN Indianapolis...arrived. Here. This state. This city. That I live in. In less than 36 hours.

And yet...somehow  in each case, once they reach my state in record time, they immediately stall from there. It makes no sense what-so-ever! If they can make it across multiple states in one day, why would it take multiple days to then get to me! One package got to Indianapolis from New York really fast, but then took ONE WEEK to make it from one point in Indianapolis all the way to my front door.

I wish the online tracking would just tell you which USPS/UPS office they are at and allow you to go pick them up from there. That would take me all of 1 hour round trip MAX instead of 1 week.

In this case, I'm talking about my laptop. Which I would really like to have, since my other one died an extremely unfortunate death after only a year and 2 months of use. 

Oh Indianapolis...despite my love for you, you have failed me.

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