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Stealthy Prime Delivery

A strange thing happened with a recent order of coffee from Amazon Prime. Invisible delivery.

As I always do, I placed a “next day” (for Friday) Prime order for my usual 100 count, box of “coffee pods” for my Kuerig K-Cup brewer.

I was down to a two-day supply about 5 K-Cups. No problem as delivery here in the Dallas area is very fast.

The order was processed very quickly. As usual, I started getting delivery updates via text message which again was absolutely normal. Text messages are an opt-in feature for prime members. Sometimes, it seems like an overkill of tracking. But it has become the expected norm in our instant communication abilities.

I have every notice saved in my iPhone. Thursday, 4:04 PM – Shipped (will be delivered Friday). Friday, 10:56AM – Arriving Today. Friday, 2:23PM – Delivered.

If it was delivered, it wasn’t at MY house. There is a link in the text message to the Amazon web site for “more information”. Followed that and the message there said, “Left in a secure location”.

I have a video doorbell recording all activity on the front porch. The porch is large and deep and qualifies as a relatively “secure location”. The only activity recorded was a trip by me to the mailbox out on the street and back.

So, I search around for any other “secure locations” Like behind the porch swing, in the bushes, on the porch roof, under the car, at the curb. Nope, no box of coffee on my property. It was definitely not delivered.

I go online to Amazon Prime to report the problem. They have now made it nearly impossible to report this non-delivery. An indication to me it must be a common event – screwed up delivery.

The recommendation in the on-line “help” page is to wait 36 hours for the delivery to show up after it has been reported as delivered. WTF?!

I eventually find (about midnight, Friday) an online Amazon Prime CHAT page where I can at least report the issue. It is an automated non-human chat board, where I am again told to wait 36 hours. I can feel caffeine withdrawal in my future. I have two Pods left for Saturday.

Saturday morning at 8:30AM, I put a letter in the mailbox at the street for the mailman to pick up. Mail is delivered inconsistently between 12:00 noon and 6:00 PM. (That’s another story). I check the porch again. Nope no delivery. I am now expecting Monday delivery. (36 hours) That mailbox trip was dutifully video recorded by my doorbell.

The front door is about five feet from my office chair. I have a window in my office that faces the porch entry. I am usually quite aware when someone comes to the door. The video doorbell always sounds a warning and makes a recording when someone enters the porch. Pushing the doorbell button is not necessary. In fact, the Prime delivery people seldom, if ever, push the button. I am sure they are experienced enough to know it is a video doorbell and they are being recorded. My trips out to the mailbox are always recorded.

I look out the door at 10:36 AM (still Saturday morning) as I hear the usual neighborhood activity, car doors, etc. There is a large glass window in the door. I look downward and low and behold, there is a brown box setting on the porch right by the door! Whoa!

Somehow, the Prime coffee delivery was just made!

That required traveling across the 15-foot video monitored area of the porch to reach the door, setting the box down and retreating the same 15-foot distance. I checked my recording. There was no alarm or video made of this delivery, sometime between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM

How Dey Do Dat?

Must be a stealth drone delivery. (NOT!)

Do Prime delivery people now have a tool to cancel video doorbell alerts? I see them pointing a handheld device at the door (when they ARE captured on my video). I assumed it was, “The send delivery notice.” device.

Very strange. A fully 20-hour late delivery (or replacement delivery) and totally invisible. No video, no doorbell ring, no alarm, and not even a text message.



5 comments to Stealthy Prime Delivery

  • Mike

    They tossed it 15 ft so that they wouldn’t be seen?

  • Daniel Kautz

    Something is going on “special” for just the Amazon deliveries. It “could” be a wifi jammer in their hand or the device that records the delivery 15 foot from the doorbell acts as one. They are getting those tracking text messages into the notification system by some kind of RF link. Several watts of power when the doorbell is is using microwatts or perhaps as low as milliwatts.

    Could be vampires, but that would limit deliveries to between sunset and sunrise… 🙂

  • Daniel Kautz

    I am trying another “solution”. My home Wifi has an option to give some (up to 3) WiFi “media” devices “priority” on my network. I can also reserve private bandwidth for these priority devices. But the 500 Kbps minimum setting totally destroys available bandwidth for all non-priority devices. I have set Ring Doorbell to the first entry in the Hi-priority group without setting a reserved bandwidth.

    Perhaps this will help un-cloak the Amazon delivery person…

  • Daniel Kautz

    Update: Priority for the RING seems to have worked. Amazon-guy has been recorded. Conspiracy theories have fallen apart as they usually do… Ha! WiFi is multi-tasking by assigning interrupts and bandwidth. Priority pushes designated devices to the front of the attention list.