The shop e-mailed me and gave me the shipping information + reference number. I clicked on the link and it took me over to DHL's site, which showed me the shipping status and offered me the opportunity to sign up to be e-mailed about various information/events. For example, when the package went out for delivery, when the package was delivered.
I signed up for both those options. Since my area is in the middle of it's "thunderstorm most afternoons" cycle, I figured that if it looked like it was going to be a rainy afternoon, I could call my neighbor when I received the e-mail and have her bring the package inside for me. Most of the toys I ordered were wooden, and I didn't know how well moisture-protected they'd be inside the cardboard box.
We came home 2 days ago, and the box was sitting on the front porch. The sky was just starting to drip a little, so we got it in before it got too wet. I never received an e-mail about it either going out for delivery or being delivered. I figured: hey, must have been stupid and mis-typed my e-mail address.
Well, I just got the "out for delivery" e-mail, stating that the package had gone out for delivery on July 23. I checked the headers which seem to indicate that the DHL servers generated and sent this message today, not that the message was generated/sent on the 23th and spent a few days lost in wild backroads of the Internet.
I'm kind of wondering if I'm going to get the "delivered" message sometime this afternoon.
This all kind of seems . . . useless. I guess if the package had been stolen or something, it would be nice to know that they think they delivered it 2 days ago, but that doesn't seem to be a really useful purpose for these alerts.