Re: Buying Tek equipment on eBay or on Swap meets


I don't know about FedEx or UPS but the local electronics companies near
me all use the foam in place machines and they are very effective at
preventing damage to electronic equipment. I'm surprised that UPS and Fedex
don't use those. That would be something that the shipper really needs to
check on before paying FedEx, UPS or anyone else to package an item. OTOH
not even foam in place is going to prevent damage if UPS drives a forklift
fork through the box, or prevent breaking the neck of a CRT if a careless
handler drops the package from several feet in the air.

My strong opinion is that if you want to buy these big heavy old scopes,
then you need to be willing to drive and pick them up in person, regardless
of the distance.

On Wed, May 5, 2021 at 11:16 AM Michael W. Lynch via <mlynch003=> wrote:

On Wed, May 5, 2021 at 09:35 AM, - wrote:

you could have the seller
drop the bare item off at UPS or FedEx and, for a fee, they will pack it
and ship it to you. Beware the fee though! The last time that I did that,
UPS charged me $100 just to box up a HP 9826 computer and that was at
20 years ago! If you're going to have equipment sent to you, you might
also consider getting some very well built boxes and sturdy foam that the
TE will fit into and then ship the box and the packaging to the seller so
that they can pack the TE into it and then return it to you.
Good suggestions for finding equipment.

On the other hand, Having Fed Ex or UPS "pack" any CRT scope is a real
risk of total destruction. Many such stores are clueless about how to pack
a heavy and fragile scope. If they do it right, it is going to cost a
fortune. I recently had a 475 shipped to me for repair. It was packed by
those "experts". The scope had two layers of bubble wrap and a few scoops
of packing peanuts, that is it. The owner said that they charged him $40
to "pack" the scope. The scope was actually sliding around in the box as
you moved it. The only thing that saved the knobs was the fact that they
left the handle up so the handle stopped the knobs from hitting the end of
the box. Miracle was that the scope was not otherwise damaged.

I would agree that you would be better off sending a proper box, packing
materials and instructions for the seller to use to ship the instrument.

Michael Lynch
Dardanelle, AR

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