Author Topic: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards  (Read 75558 times)

Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #255 on: February 09, 2012, 09:26:13 PM »
I would have been devastated.  Was this receiver wrapped in two layers of newspaper like so many things that I have received?

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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #256 on: February 09, 2012, 09:35:07 PM »
Yes it was, and stuck in the battery compartment.  The guy wrapped the phone in several layers of foam padding, and even taped a piece of plastic over the diagram to protect it.  He removed the hook, which I hadn't requested, and left the magneto handle on, which got bent.  I suppose he tried.  I will have to chalk it up to doing business with a guy who knows absolutely nothing about phones.  If he had, I'm sure he would have mentioned the OST and transmitter in his post, and I would have had more competition.  As it is, the "Antique Wall Phone" auction had no other bidders when it ended at 9am EST on a Monday morning.  It had been listed at $175, and I had meant to bid on it, but forgot to. That auction ended with no bidders and was relisted at the lower price.  I made certain I bid the second time around.
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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #257 on: February 09, 2012, 09:44:29 PM »
I was wondering where the hook was.  Even with the broken receiver, you obviously got quite a deal.

What makes people think that a couple of layers of newspaper protects anything fragile?  I should start being more specific in my packing instructions about what constitutes padding and what does not.  I have received phones with the handsets or receivers wrapped in a couple of layers of paper when I asked that they be wrapped and padded.

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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #258 on: February 10, 2012, 09:46:53 AM »
This guy padded everything but the receiver.

I guess I shouldn't feel too bad, someone has an OST reciver with an even worse crack up on ebay with a $145 BIN.
  
http://www.ebay.com/itm/170777089923

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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #259 on: February 10, 2012, 10:51:20 AM »
When packing Vintage phones-that's like the 1st and foremost do's and don't you learn right out of "diaper training"  lol I even get the padded envelopes from the USPS store online and I put my phone in one of the padded envelopes and the receiver in the other padded envelopes-I seal both of them up-then I put one of the padded envelopes on the bottom & use bubble wrap in all 4 corners of the box and something strong down the middle to keep them separated and then pack it down with newspaper for the travel.  I have excellent reviews on my packaging technique so far no complaints & cross my fingers-no broken phones.  I am new at this, so any suggestions-please I'm open for any.  :0)  That was just ridiculous, so sorry Sargeguy about your mishap.  :(  But you could get a refund thru eBay so you don't have to pack everything back up if I'm not wrong.  So sorry that really bites.  UGH   :0)
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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #260 on: February 10, 2012, 11:23:54 AM »
I think you should at least minimum ask the guy for a few dollars back. For the simple reason to make sure he pays attention better next time. The best way to get an ebay sellers attention is through their wallet. You sound like a more than fair guy but do the next 100 buyers a favor and teach the guy a $20 lesson. I'm a full time ebay seller and would not be able to improve if I didnt get feedback from my buyers. Yes I have had a mishap or two but made them right and paid a lot closer attention the next time. Good luck.

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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #261 on: February 11, 2012, 04:35:57 PM »
I have the same type of experience with ebay items broken. Most of it is poor packing. Like not securing heavy items that can move and bash against other stuff. I received a ring type cabon mic thathe ring is in several pieces because of the heavy element moving around on its springs. I think the whole thing shifted to one side of the box.  Also be aware that the cold weather causes old metals and hard bakelites to become extra brittle.
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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #262 on: February 15, 2012, 02:07:57 AM »
I got a wall phone recently in a box.... with NO PACKING MATERIALS.  Nothing.  Just banging around against the receiver the whole way here.  I was so mad.

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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #263 on: February 15, 2012, 08:43:10 AM »
I got a wall phone recently in a box.... with NO PACKING MATERIALS.  Nothing.  Just banging around against the receiver the whole way here.  I was so mad.

You mean like this? By some miracle this 554, which was hard plastic, wasn't damaged. Amazing, both for the stupidity of the seller and that it arrived without damage. I've posted it before, but the new guys haven't seen it.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2012, 08:48:58 AM by jsowers »
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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #264 on: February 15, 2012, 09:32:36 AM »
I am surprised that some sellers even bother with a box.  Why not just stick an address label and postage to the phone itself? ::)

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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #265 on: February 15, 2012, 09:36:39 AM »
Funny you should say that.  I bought a 3' round telephone sign, I think it might have gone to a phone booth.  One of the opaque signs that's back lit.  The seller wrapped it a couple times with clear shrink wrap and put a UPS label on it and shipped it.  Can't believe it arrived in one piece.
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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #266 on: February 24, 2012, 12:19:02 AM »
You mean like this? By some miracle this 554, which was hard plastic, wasn't damaged. Amazing, both for the stupidity of the seller and that it arrived without damage. I've posted it before, but the new guys haven't seen it.


Almost.  The box for mine was much wider.  Lots of extra room! Im fairly certain it would have safer if she really HAD just stuck some postage on the phone.

And on the flip-side, I just sent a wall phone, wrapped in inches of bubble wrap to canada, where it showed up cracked, with the whole plastic facing popped off, and the plug shredded and destroyed.  Im talking, large bubble wrap, paper filler...etc...  That thing should have been able to sustain a drop kick.
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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #267 on: May 19, 2012, 01:40:59 AM »
Here's a fresh Ebay purchase that arrived today.  A '55 Moss Green 500 for $10.50 plus shipping.  Its all date-code original except for the '67 handset cord.  When I saw it on the porch, I immediately thought oh no, that box is just too small for a phone. :o   Sure enough, it was an interference fit and you can see also the indentations on the box top from the cradle ears.  What you see is what I saw when I opened the box - not even a single piece of newspaper!   I'm not sure who I should thank more, Western Electric or the USPS, but the phone was undamaged by the trip across the country.  It should clean up nicely.  Fortunately, a good story with a happy ending.  :)
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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #268 on: May 19, 2012, 01:10:53 PM »
Wow! What a great deal on a soft plastic phone! And what a lousy packing job! Reminds me of the yellow 554 I've posted several times, that came in a thin, oblong Priority box with the metal switchhook pierced through the side of the box, holding the phone so it somehow didn't come in contact with the handset at the bottom of the box. Mine arrived safely too, and with no packing material.

I've had plenty of phones packed better than this one that didn't arrive safely, so you are very, very lucky. There's still time for you to post this in the May find of the month too. You even got the rare dark gray mounting cord. That was a great find. The cord alone costs more than that, so even if you got a box of broken plastic, you still would have gotten a deal.
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Re: The CRPF "Bad Packing" awards
« Reply #269 on: May 19, 2012, 02:33:02 PM »
You may want to buy a lottery ticket soon, before it your luck runs out . . .  ;D
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