That’s How They (USPS, UPS, DHL, FedEx, et al.) Get You

Back on May 9th I ordered a hard to find CD (Together at the Bluebird CafeSteve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark) through an “Amazon Marketplace Seller”. The confirmation email said that they would ship my CD by the 11th. The 23rd rolled around and still the CD hadn’t shown up, so I decided to drop them an email and see what was up. They promptly emailed me back saying:

Hello Greg,

thanks for your mail.

We already shipped your order, please remember that shipping from Germany to the USA may take 5 to 15 working days.

kind regards,

Sonja Foelsch

I wrote back:

My apologies, I didn’t realize (or had forgotten) that it was being
sent from Germany. Thanks for the quick response.


As I sent my reply, I laughed to myself, “Of course, that means it will come tomorrow.”
It did. They always do! I can’t count the times I’ve gotten impatient while awaiting a package, emailed the sender, then had the package arrive the next day. What’s the moral to this story?
Should I:

  • Be more patient, or;
  • Get impatient sooner, thus expediating the package’s arrival?

I wonder.