This has just been added to the List of Stuff That Is Mildly Irksome: companies who confirm your order and assure you that it will arrive ‘shortly.’
‘Shortly’? What the heck does that mean? I just gave you eleven bucks to ship something that weighs about four ounces to me, and it will arrive ‘shortly’?
No no no no no no no. No.
I happen to know that the major carriers permit you to instantly let people know exactly when things will arrive. I know this because, as a very small-time Seller of Stuff on eBay, I use said technology. Shoot, even the USPS can do this.
‘Shortly’ my beeeeee-hind, folks. Gimmie a tracking number or something. Because otherwise? I’m gonna call you. Four, five, ten times a day.
You have been warned.
Don’t give me ‘shortly’. Give me something in days. Or preferably hours. I have a short attention sp-
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