Fun and games with Samsung, FedEx, and recycled tracking numbers

By | November 28, 2017

I was so impressed with Samsung. I ordered a new laptop directly from their web site at 7:38pm last night. According to the emails I received while I was at work today, the laptop was shipped at 9:45am and delivered at 3:17pm. Shipping was free. Wow, awesome, right?

But then I got home, and the package was nowhere to be found. So I went online and checked the tracking information on Samsung’s web site.

Here’s what I saw:

Isn’t that amazing? They anticipated my order and shipped it 17 days before I ordered it!

Here’s what FedEx’s own tracking page shows:

FedEx recycles tracking numbers, and apparently whoever coded Samsung’s web site didn’t bother to take that into account in their code. Nice job, Samsung! (Not.)

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