The saga of the HomePod mini took an interesting turn yesterday. Even though the â€œDeliver-Itâ€ service said they had not received the product from Apple and that only the label had been printed, it was delivered by a person out of the trunk of a Toyota Celica. OK, fair enough. Several hours later I heard from Apple through iMessages, â€œenjoy your new HomePod mini!â€
I looked at the order online and UPS planned on delivering the replacement HomePod mini today. And sure enough, it arrived via UPS this afternoon. Now I have two HomePod minis for the price of one. My credit card wasnâ€™t charged again. This put me in a quandary. Do I return it to the store or arrange for a shipment back to headquarters? I actually wouldnâ€™t mind having a second HomePod mini. I could probably just hang onto it and theyâ€™d never be the wiser.
My personal moral compass wouldnâ€™t allow me to do that. Iâ€™ve seen too many people screw local businesses in a similar manner of the years and just because Apple is one of the largest corporations in the world doesnâ€™t mean they should receive the same treatment. So I contacted them through the order portal. As suspected I could drop it off at the Apple Store here in Tucson or initiate a return through the online portal. I asked about buying it and the friendly bot on iMessages advised I could call Apple support and discuss it with them.
So I did. After explaining the situation the friendly Apple person on the line looked at the order and said, â€œJust keep it, youâ€™re all setâ€.
So now I have two new HomePod minis. This is a welcomed addition to our home, as weâ€™ve been fighting with Alexa a LOT over the past several months.
While Iâ€™m talking about Alexa, who thought it was a good idea to have her shoot an ad after every single request?
â€œAlexa, turn off the ceiling lightsâ€. â€œLights off, did you know I can organize your to do list?â€
â€œAlexa, whatâ€™s the weather tonight.â€. â€œHereâ€™s the weatherâ€¦. did you know I can read you a bedtime story?â€
One of the reasons I stick with Apple products and pay the premium prices is to avoid ads. I donâ€™t want ads. Ever.
Luckily, these new HomePod minis donâ€™t belch ads at us every five minutes.