Ebay Packing Jobs

From: Tom Jennings <tomj_at_wps.com>
Date: Sun Feb 13 11:56:31 2005

On Sat, 12 Feb 2005, Roger Merchberger wrote:

>> As collectors, we're anal about "provenance". We don't want to alter the
>> historical artifact of the piece ;)
> I'm with Tony on this one... I could care less about the box (other than the
> old foam or whatever may not be up to the task of safe shipping) and if the
> box were 'defaced' in that manner it really wouldn't matter to me. However, I
> also don't do museum-quality collecting or anything... ;-)

Funny -- in general I'm so -not- the anal collector in that sense
either, but with the NOVA4 came a bunch of junk in original Data
General shipping (ordinary corrugated cardboard) boxes. Complete
with DATA GENERAL shipping labels, NORTHWEST ORIENT airline
stickers, etc. They're pretty cool, and small enough to keep and
reuse (for in-lab storage). The only problem is that the old
fiberglas tape disintegrated, so the boxes unfolded, and removal
of the tape remnants required destroying some of the stickers.

When the pinion shaft in my 1963 Rambler Classic wagon sheared in
1996 (flawed casting; it took 33 years to fail) I found a
new-old-stock matched ring and pinion set somewhere in Ohio; cost
$500 for the parts. It came in a Rambler factory sealed carton,
pretty red and blue screen printing, labels and all. The shop
that did the work (aligning rear-ends is specialized) they asked
if they could keep the box! Nope. Still got it (and the car).
Received on Sun Feb 13 2005 - 11:56:31 GMT

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