Here's a history of the ordering process for the notebook I ordered a week ago:
I'm in Utah and ordered the notebook from some podunk bookstore in South Carolina via Amazon.
It shipped from Oregon.
It sat in Union City, California for four days.
It then flew from California (over Utah) to Denver, Colorado where it has been "processed".
I charted the information/physical trail and it looks something like this:
It appears to me that they're trying to avoid directly sending me the product I ordered.