> the box, and even pay some extra $$ for it?
That way all the
> along its shipping path will just pay more
attention to it,
throwing it in the back of the truck.
You _are_ kidding, right?
Not at all.
Is it that far fetched that there would be service levels?
Mybe not, but practical experience has taught me that no matter how
you pay, the package is likely to be dropped at some point. You still
need to pack it properly, to withstand this.
However careful they claim to be, things can go wrong. Personally,
rather spend more time in packing a rare device properly than have it
And to return to the ASR33, I'd not want to move one myself, say on
back seat of a car, without either tying down or reemoving the typing
When I pay for support at an enterprise level, do
I not get better
support, from more experienced techs?
Well, I've never paied for support on anything, but however
the techs are, there will surely be soemthing they don't know. So
mcuh you pay, there wil lbe problems they can't solve quickly. Same
shipping old hardware. You may pay for a better service, but the
could still slip from soembody's hands.
Some years ago I was out of work and was temporarily employed in a
warehouse, packing fragile items e.g. DVD boxes, jewel cases for CDs etc
on pallets and in cartons, and driving a forklift.
Sooner or later, **everybody** who drove the forklift would either drop
a pallet from a few metres up, or cause a stack of pallets to fall over.
It was also not very difficult to have a pallet fall off the back of the
lorry when you were loading or unloading it. That doesn't mean we were
careless, just that there are a lot of things that can make accidents
like that happen: sloping loading docks, bumps in the floor, unstable
loads, a slip of the foot or your hand on the levers or pedals, someone
disturbing you at a sensitive moment, etc etc. On one occasion a lorry
driver had I think it was 6 pallets fall off his lorry all at once.
However well-meaning and careful the freighter or lorry driver or
forklift operator, inevitably someone will have a bad day, or just be
In other words, any number of "Fragile" labels will make absolutely no
difference at all, you will simply have to pack your item to stand
falling off the back of a lorry if you want it to arrive undamaged.