The UPS delivery person left an InfoNotice(SM) at our door step on Friday the 10th July. The InfoNotice contained a tracking number which could be used at the UPS web-site to change the parameters of delivery. One of the proposed options was to return the package to the sender, which I quickly selected. By returning the erroneous package, Dell would get their merchandise back, proceed to reimburse me and the matter would be settled.
I was quite surprised to find a second InfoNotice in my mailbox on Monday the 13th. I called up UPS to learn why my cancellation request had no impact. The UPS customer service representative explained that UPS had a special deal with Dell. Only Dell could cancel a delivery; the recipient, the end-customer in this case, was not authorized to cancel a delivery. I called Dell to ask them to cancel but was told that canceling policy was an internal UPS matter. When I explained that UPS had told me to call them (Dell) because they were the only party which was able to act on the matter, the answer was invariably: "it is an internal UPS matter, call UPS".
So I called UPS again to explain the situation. The UPS representative told me that Dell was purposefully denying their capability to resolve the matter because they did not wish to cancel the order.
Since I am at the office during the day, I asked UPS if I could change the delivery address to my office, which is one of the options explicitly mentioned on the InfoNotice. The UPS representative told me that only Dell could change the final delivery address.
To be continued...