Efficient shipping



  • WTF #1 is that Google does not ship the Nexus 4 to the Netherlands. It is distributed here by LG instead, and costs nearly twice as much as in our neighbouring countries. And of course you cannot order it from the German Play store and have it delivered to the Netherlands.

    So, what you could do is order it on the German Play store, have it shipped to a service which will forward the parcel to any address for a relatively small fee (still over € 150 cheaper than just buying it here).

    I just received the shipping confirmation email with a tracking link, which reveiled where the phone ships from: Eindhoven, the Netherlands. To illustrate:

    (Click for bigger :)

     That is 1337km, while from Eindhoven to my house is 75km.



  • The shortest path between two points is always Liberec.



  • @pbean said:

    That is 1337km,

    Well, at least we know the person in charge of the shipping was 13 years old.


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    A star topology can be more effective overall for distribution than a mesh topology (it gets sent to a hub then sent to you, rather than directly to you), even if the worst case is worse. Or something.



  • @pbean said:

    WTF #1 is that Google does not ship the Nexus 4 to the Netherlands. It is distributed here by LG instead, and costs nearly twice as much as in our neighbouring countries. And of course you cannot order it from the German Play store and have it delivered to the Netherlands.

    Do you not have carrier outlets in Das Nederlands?



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    @pbean said:
    WTF #1 is that Google does not ship the Nexus 4 to the Netherlands. It is distributed here by LG instead, and costs nearly twice as much as in our neighbouring countries. And of course you cannot order it from the German Play store and have it delivered to the Netherlands.

    Do you not have carrier outlets in Das Nederlands?
     

    I am not sure what "carrier outlets" means?  In fact, if I Google that term, I mostly see pictures and stories about aircraft carriers. Would be pretty cool if we had outlets which sell aircraft carriers.

    Do you mean stores for specific providers/telcos where you can get a phone together with a plan? Because if so, yes, they exist, but then you end up paying even more insane prices for phones. Ever paid over 1000 euros for an iPhone? That would be the way to do it. And actually, they do not have any plans with the Nexus 4 over here.



  •  Or do you mean carrier in the shipping sense? My practical English is very lacking, unfortunately. I only know a bunch of jargin which is practically useless in every-day life.



  • Isn't that the route they took in the movie "A Bridge Too Far"? Operation Market-Garden?



  • @pbean said:

    I am not sure what "carrier outlets" means? Do you mean stores for specific providers/telcos where you can get a phone together with a plan? Because if so, yes, they exist,

    Yes, that is what he meant. @pbean said:
    but then you end up paying even more insane prices for phones. Ever paid over 1000 euros for an iPhone? That would be the way to do it. And actually, they do not have any plans with the Nexus 4 over here.
    So once again, TRWTF is Europe.

     



  • With FedEx, everything used to go through Memphis, Tennessee. I don't think they do that any more, but I couldn't say for sure.



  • @El_Heffe said:

    @pbean said:

    I am not sure what "carrier outlets" means? Do you mean stores for specific providers/telcos where you can get a phone together with a plan? Because if so, yes, they exist,

    Yes, that is what he meant. @pbean said:
    but then you end up paying even more insane prices for phones. Ever paid over 1000 euros for an iPhone? That would be the way to do it. And actually, they do not have any plans with the Nexus 4 over here.
    So once again, TRWTF is Europe.

     


    That is almost verbatim what I was going to say. Thanks for taking care of that for me.



  • @El_Heffe said:

    @pbean said:

    I am not sure what "carrier outlets" means? Do you mean stores for specific providers/telcos where you can get a phone together with a plan? Because if so, yes, they exist,

    Yes, that is what he meant. @pbean said:
    but then you end up paying even more insane prices for phones. Ever paid over 1000 euros for an iPhone? That would be the way to do it. And actually, they do not have any plans with the Nexus 4 over here.
    So once again, TRWTF is Europe.

     

     

    I am not sure how a corrupted telephone provider market in the Netherlands is a WTF of the entire of Europe.

    In the case of the Nexus 4, TRWTF is actually LG. As it turns out, in some countries, Google and LG decided that LG would distribute the Nexus 4, not Google. In these countries, LG actually already had a more expensive, competing product on the market. So they decided to just grossly over price the Nexus 4 to make people buy LG's own competing product for slightly less than the Nexus 4, or pay a crapton of money for the Nexus 4. This way, everyone loses.

     

     



  •  TRWTF is Eindhoven.

     

    Having said that, I just ordered it from the US a couple of weeks ago. I seriously don't get the strategy to only sell your product in only 5 or 6 countries around the world.



  • @pbean said:

    Would be pretty cool if we had outlets which sell aircraft carriers.


    We did.



  • @Gurth said:

    @pbean said:

    Would be pretty cool if we had outlets which sell aircraft carriers.


    We did.
     

    That link brought back memories...although completely different http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karel_Doorman-class_frigate was something actually got to sail on back in the early 1990's  [The company I worked for at the time made the IRC, and I was the lead software architect]


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