I’d been debating one of these Asus EEE PC’s for a while, particularly after talking to Dan and him saying his was one of the best things since sliced bread. So once we’d booked our holiday and I knew I’d want to take the D-SLR and a laptop in the same bag, I was ready to order one.

I put it off a little bit I guess because I knew the new EEE PC 900 was coming out with a bigger hard drive capacity. So on release day I went hunting for one – I should have realised! I’d forgotten how annoying it can be to be an early adopter and not being able to get your hands on the technology!

I carefully watched sites for stock, at one point I rang a company to check they’d got stock – they had – by the time I walked back to my desk to order it online they’d sold out again!!!

Then finally on the evening of the 21st of May I managed to get my order in!

Now I’m used to dealing with huge e-commerce sites (Amazon etc), or even eBay sellers who don’t want negative feedback – invariably payment is taken and my goods are dispatched the following day, at a push the day after that is normally acceptable.

I know, I know the bank holiday weekend got in the way, and yes I know I’m an impatient so and so….

But here we are a week later – 28th May and I still don’t have my new toy!! I do however have their questionnaire about whether I’m enjoying my new product – I haven’t replied – YET! Payment was taken but I have been assured that my order is still undergoing “Processing…” and when it is dispatched I’ll get an email with tracking notification. I’ve had my suspicions about whether they really have the stock or are drop-shipping, but the company in question assure me they have the stock.

Today’s reply from them said:

I can confirm that your order was sent for packing and it is expected to be dispatch soon. Once the order has been dispatched, an email confirmation will be sent to you.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Just one, my friends, why is this taking so long!? Apparently my order has undergone various stages of processing including “Quality Control”, I can just see two guys sat at a desk examining my address:

“Do you think that sounds like a reputable area Jim?”

“I’m not sure Bill, let’s get it up on Google Maps”

“Hmmmm fields nearby, looks good – give it the rubber stamp and pass it on to see if his email address looks ok, they’ll check him out on Facebook”

More on this when EEE PC actually arrives!

The status on the website no longer says “Processing…” It’s “Awaiting Courier Pick-Up”…. I just hope the courier doesn’t drop it!!!