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MSDN Subscriptions in reverse

I find it a little funny how MSDN Subscriptions seem to be fulfilled in reverse.

Back in February, I had signed up for an MSDN Subscription with Visual Studio Team Suite through Scott. They said it would take 6-8 weeks til I get everything. So I waited about 6-7 weeks, and was expecting it anytime, but I had some problems with another package that was sent USPS. So I contacted them to see if it has shipped yet and if it was by USPS, so that I could have them try to locate it as well. They said it hadn't shipped yet and that they were behind on orders and it could take another 6-8 weeks.

Fast forward a little, and Jose, who registered his like a week after I did, already got all his stuff, but still I hadn't heard anything.

Then last week, out of the blue one morning, I get a package that contains the MSDN May Update. Ohh wow! Update CDs! Wait, but what about the rest of them? I get my update before I actually get the welcome package?

And then the next day, my welcome package finally comes with the binder and all of the CDs and I was happy. But then I scratch my head for a minute... where are my product keys? I hadn't yet received my subscription ID by email so that I could sign in online and get my keys. So the CDs were basically useless.

And in a triumphant conclusion to the reverse-order-fulfillment process, last night I finally received my subscription ID by email last night and was able to get my product keys. The thing I found most humorous was it said "You should receive your first shipment within 7-10 business days." Um, nope, try that in reverse. "You should have received your first shipment 7-10 business days ago."

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

 
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