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General => General Chat => Topic started by: david77 on March 09, 2011, 03:44:35 pm

Title: Why does it always happen to me? (Rant)
Post by: david77 on March 09, 2011, 03:44:35 pm
Now I'm in the finishing stages of my latest project, software only needs some finishing touches and hardware wise all I'm missing is four buttons for the keypad and two connectors. I ordered those parts last thursday and expected delivery on monday at the latest, usually the supplier is VERY reliable.
(German company: (, 95% next day delivery and practically never out of stock)
Come monday the UPS guy has nothing for me, tuesday the same and also nothing on wednesday.
That is highly irregular, so I ring them up.
Turns out they moved offices/warehouses and their complete IT system transfer went pear shaped - nothing moves. They might start commissioning deliveries next tuesday or wednesday! No one knows how long it takes to work off the back log of orders - might be 1-2 weeks.

Aaargh! And no one else stocks the damned buttons I need. Same with the connectors, the only other distributor only sells them in MOQ of 25 pieces. F@!#~ng hell >:(.

I wanted to finish my new baby this weekend. *runs away crying*

Sorry for that, needed to get it off my chest  ;).
Title: Re: Why does it always happen to me? (Rant)
Post by: VIPR on March 09, 2011, 03:53:44 pm
If you find that guy named Murphy please shoot him for all of us! His law has ruined many a projects around the world. Welcome to the club.  :)
Now, if only there were a way to break this law without getting caught.
Title: Re: Why does it always happen to me? (Rant)
Post by: masterburner on March 09, 2011, 06:31:53 pm
You're not the only one. This happened to me one too many times... That's why I always pick components that are popular/easy to come by. It really annoys me when I need some kind of IC that no supplier has (*cough*maxim*cough*...), though. Sometimes, I wish there was some kind of law that a supplier must offer a specific set of components.
Title: Re: Why does it always happen to me? (Rant)
Post by: david77 on March 09, 2011, 06:52:52 pm
Yeah, I know. It's not my first time either  ::)

But sometimes you need/want something a bit out of the ordinary, like proper high quality keyboard buttons or a circular 12-way connector just because it's easier to drill a 20mm round hole than to file out a D-Sub shape in 2mm sheet steel.
So you go the more expensive way, ignoring the far eastern alternatives for the good quality local manufacturers and dealers and BAM! they manage to grind their whole operation to a halt, because without modern technology they can't find a single thing in their brand spanking new warehouse.
I'd love to hear the persons responsible explain that to their bosses  :-X.

Well, at least that gives me time to polish up the software but I can't really test it until I get the missing parts, bugger.
Title: Re: Why does it always happen to me? (Rant)
Post by: Mechatrommer on March 10, 2011, 06:08:25 am
it happened to thousands of people, and moving places is not an exciting experience too, even of them/us/me.