Online Shopping Follow Up

Alright…  If you read my earlier post on my online shopping experience this Christmas, great.  If not, here’s a quick recap and update on the situation.

I ordered three items from a website I’d not tried before.  At the time  I ordered them, everything was in stock.

Item 1 shipped on Dec. 4th
Item 2 shipped on Dec. 9th
Item 3 went on backorder Dec. 5th.

Item 2 arrived Dec. 14th.
Item 1 arrived Dec. 15th.
Item 3 shipped Dec. 15th.  Estimated arrival is Dec. 24th-29th.

Why three items that were all “in stock” shipped on such wildly different dates is beyond me.  I’m greatly disappointed in the way it is turning out, but what do I really expect using a “deep discount” place to do my shopping?

I imagine that this is a place that has warehouse space in different parts of the country, and ships from those places.  So getting three shipments for three vastly different kinds of merchandise shouldn’t be surprising.   But to get them so oddly spread out, in both shipping and arrival, makes me uneasy.  I’m not sure I’ll use this company again, even though the prices were really very very good.  And the shipping was free.  But the headache and wait hasn’t been worth it.  Not when I could use a big online retailer, like Amazon, and know I’ll be getting my product when I was told, and shipped within hours not days of my order.

That sinking feeling…

So we ordered a bunch of stuff from a new online retailer.  We’d heard good things and they had good prices, but we had no experience with them.  So we ordered early, giving them plenty of time to ship our product prior to christmas.  We changed or order to make sure that everything was listed as IN STOCK.  We got exactly what the recipient wanted.

We immediatly got an email saying thanks for the order, it would be shipping shortly.  I then got an email saying that one of the items was shipped.  Then another email saying the same item had been shipped.  Then an email saying an item was backordered.  Then an email that a third item shipped.

So I’m already a little upset.  I got two emails saying one item was shipped, which is worrisome.  I got an item backordered, but no panic yet.  And I got the last item shipped.

So a box was on my doorstep today.  Yea!

It was the third item.  No sign of the first.  And the other… still back order… even though the site says it’s in stock, just like it said when we ordered.

So I send them an email.  And notice a number.  Which I call.  And after a hold time of forever, I get a human.  The human says that the first item (which was shipped before the third item) isn’t “late” until Wednesday.  If we don’t get it wednesday, they will upgrade and reship two day to get it to us before Christmas.  The second item is allegedly boxed and already sent to the shipper.  Which we “MAY” get before Christmas, but probably a “day or two” after.

I’m not really happy.  If I get an email tomorrow saying the backordered one is shipped, I’ll consider it fair.  If I don’t have both an email saying item two is shipped and the actual product of item one (confused yet?  I am) I’ll be calling back and won’t be nearly as friendly this time.

I’ll not share WHO this is, just yet.  If they come through, I’ll use their name and be positive about them.  If they don’t, you better believe I’ll post their name and be really negative.

But what about you?  How’s your online holiday shopping going?  Stick with a well known entity?  What’s your shopping strategy online?

How many Engineers does it take?

So, how many engineers does it take to put up a Christmas Tree?

Apparently just one, who finally reads the directions.  The other 4 non-engineer men where just there to snark at him.  Of course, as payback for my snark, I had to put the lights on the tree myself.

Which is fine, really.  That’s how Christmas should be, after all.  Time with friends and family, and time alone.  Or at least, that’s what I think.

Speaking of time alone, our church is sponsoring a workshop called “Hope for the Holidays.”  I’ll have more on it in the next few days, but if you have someone who is grieving, then this might help.  Stay tuned for more information.  (I love saying that, like I’m all important or something.)

Stop and Go Traffic

Wow.  NaBloPoMo has made a huge difference here at Running Wolf.  I’ve noticed a significant increase in traffic since starting writing daily.  I suppose that’s the point, but I’m surprised anyway.

I’ve also seen a surge in traffic at Beyond The Boards, but I suppose having something controversial and a bit gossipy helped over there.  About the only place I’m not seeing a surge of traffic is Geek Palaver, but it’s new and we haven’t quite figured out what we’re doing over there yet.

As a result, I’ve gotten a few people who’ve commented in person about a post or two.  It’s been interesting to find out who’s reading the blog in real life as opposed to the (very) few comments I get here.  Not sure if that means I need to be careful what I write about or not.  In typical reckless abandon, I’ll probably not worry too much.

It’s been a fairly good weekend.  I’ve been spending a lot of time with the rugrats, having them to myself both Friday and Saturday night.  That was, for the most part, fun.  There was the one fist fight, but I ended it without bloodshed.  And with real fights being pretty rare, I’ll chalk it up to my having feed them really good ice cream earlier.

I also got to hang out with some pretty amazing people over the weekend.  The cast and crew of Christmas Belles had enough drama offstage to compete with the drama onstage that no one could blame them if they didn’t want to hang out together away from the venue.  But they overcame the drama and put on their show and hung out for some good fellowship and karaoke.  I didn’t know many of them, and not being a part of the show they didn’t need to include me, but they did and I’m glad.

So a good weekend.  I’m about to go to bed early for a change, then it’s back into the job hunt.  We’ll have to see how that goes next week, but I’m sure it will provide plenty of fodder for the various blogs.

Me, CVS, and Santa

Every Christmas eve I have a tradition. I forget something and have to make a run to CVS at about 11:30 PM. This year was no exception.

But when I returned home, I caught the man in the red suit. As I pulled into my driveway and got out of my car, at least eight tiny deer went running through my yard.

So Merry Christmas!