[AMRadio] good experience with shipping past 2 months

W1EOF w1eof at hamnutz.com
Sun Jul 30 15:03:19 EDT 2006

> I unpacked it
> right there in the parking lot, not that I could have made a
> claim, since it was so poorly packed. However, i was very lucky,

UPS *wants* you to believe that. I have heard from several people lately
that pushed the point and got their damages from UPS. The legal fact is that
if they accept the packaging on the input end they cannot later declare that
it was not packed properly.

Me? I just avoid UPS whenever I can and use USPS almost exclusively. YMMV


Mark W1EOF

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Lyles [mailto:jtml at losalamos.com]
> Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 11:58 AM
> To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
> Subject: [AMRadio] good experience with shipping past 2 months
> I just finished receiving a series of large parcels with a
> completely disassembled 500 watt AM modulator, from East Coast to
> NM. Some were sent Fedex at my request, including the modulation
> transformer, a Stancor Polypedance. There were a pair of 810
> triodes and some other transformers (fil, driver). The others
> went UPS. They were packaged extremely well, and I didn't see any
> damage to the parts, or packages. Maybe I was lucky, but I think
> there were 4 packages that came through just fine. I have shipped
> and received numerous things via UPS and Fedex out here over the
> years, and the only things that really got hammered were poorly
> packaged as well. So I think a lot of the responsibility lies on
> the sender and how much they care to overbox, foam pack, bubble
> wrap, remove heavy iron and ship separate, etc.
> I received an hp 8751A network analyzer last year, off epay, and
> it was poorly packed. I knew it was going to be trouble, as the
> shipper wouldn't communicate by email, and was a jerk about
> responding to my pleas for extra care packaging. Probably
> that I won the thing for a little over  a grand instead of the
> typical $3 grand those things go for. The thing was only packed
> in styro peanuts, thats it - in a huge weak cardboard box. When I
> knew it was at the UPS warehouse, I drove there to pick it up
> after counter hours. They allow me to do that. I unpacked it
> right there in the parking lot, not that I could have made a
> claim, since it was so poorly packed. However, i was very lucky,
> as the thing had shifted to one edge of the box, but miraculously
> had not had the CRT smashed or the connectors bent on the front
> or back. There were some typical holes in the box via UPS, and
> they missed the thing. So I said a prayer, took it home, and
> plugged it in - fine.
> I am most wary of epay deals in which the shipper doesn't really
> know what he is selling, or the value of it to us.
> 73
> John
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