Sometimes I’ve bought items from the US and have been able to track them on their journey. In those cases I’ve seen that the parcel was picked up from such and such, passed through some distribution point, landed at a transit point, moved to another point, and so on. Eventually it arrives at a destination. It’s kind of fun to watch.
Recently I ordered some DVDs from a person in Auckland. Yesterday she advised the package is on its way and gave me a Track and Trace number (obfuscated below). I know from previous experience that this is all I will see until later today after the parcel hits my doorstep, when the page will helpfully tell me the parcel has been delivered. Sigh. We’re just too small a country.
Your item EA123456789NZ has been picked up at 11:49 AM on 19 Apr 2005. Confirmation of delivery details are not yet available. Please try again later. [Via CourierPost Services.]