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Brett M
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/22/2008

Do you REALLY want to buy your lenses at amazon?

visit the link below. it shows the workings of an product warehouse. Towards the end they show off the shipping section of the process. WIth those things falling on the conveyer like that, running down slides, bumping into walls, other products, etc. I'm not sure if I want to buy my next L series lens from a place where its going mt knocking against objects/walls, etc in a hodgepodge of products beings purchased and shipped.

maybe supporting my local camera store is worth the extra buck or two.

i could be blowing this out of proportion. maybe not. thoughts?

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1/7/2009 8:38:57 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  I think you're blowing it out of proportion. It didn't seem like rough treatment to me. And the items making it to your local camera store are handled the say way.

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1/7/2009 9:11:01 PM

Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005

That is nothing compared to how merchandise is handled by the aviation shipping industry. LOL

Whenever something is shipped no matter what the mode, it is almost always treated harshly.

Manufacturers know this and take precautions in proper packaging; otherwise, the item is returned by the consumer; and that is not cost effective to the manufacturer or the shipper.


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1/8/2009 6:56:06 AM

Sarah G   I took something to the United States Post Office. It was clearly labeled FRAGILE. The postal worker, while I was standing there, tossed the box 3-4 feet into the bin that wasn't even 1/2 full. Rough treatment of packages is something that happens everywhere. Fortunately most of the time the manufacturer's packaging does its job.

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1/8/2009 7:48:05 AM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Anyone remember the old American Tourister luggage commercials from the 1970's? To show how durable they were, they show a tech tossing one of their suitcases into a cage with a 600 pound gorilla. The gorilla looks at it, picks it up, drops it, starts throwing it off the bars, jumps up and down on it and finally sitting on it.

I suspect this had nothing to do with durability but rather was a behind the scenes look at the airport, as Pete suggested.

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1/8/2009 1:17:29 PM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  and... Just another reason I carry all my camera gear on board with me when I fly. I dont want those underpaid airport gorillas tossing my camera gear around.
That was a funny commercial Mark, thanks for the memory :)

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1/8/2009 5:15:24 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  My pleasure C. And remember, "Volkswagons float definitely ... but NOT ... indefinitely."

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1/8/2009 8:36:50 PM

Kay Beausoleil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2004
  "You'll wonder where the yellow went ...", and I can sing it in French, too! Old minds retain dumb things.

Some years ago, I was waiting to board a plane in O'Hare. To my horror I saw, through the window, a baggage handler take a suitcase, raise it with outstretched arms over his head toward the heavens and smash it onto the conveyor belt in front of him. Now I pack with him in mind. Lots of bubble wrap around the tripod levers!

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1/9/2009 10:27:46 AM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Thanks Kay !!! And remember too:
"Brusha brusha brusha, New Ipana Toothpaste". LOL !!!

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1/9/2009 11:18:36 AM

Francesco Cristofaro
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/1/2008

this is nothing new. The U.K. is definitely not immune to big hulking truck drivers, with brains the size of a prune!

During my business life, I routinely witnessed these idiots literally walking on top of some boxes that clearly contained fragile goods.

No wonder the world is in such a mess.
Bottom line - we pay - who cares?


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1/12/2009 4:04:30 AM

Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  I could very briefly see a copy of one of my books in that video! So thanks for the plug.

I didn't see any real objectionable bumping and banging. Packaging would easily withstand anything I saw in that video. In high school we had an assignment in physics to design packaging that would withstand being thrown out of the 3rd floor window onto the cement to guard our content...the content was an uncooked egg. No parachutes allowed. You got graded on success keeping the shell intact as well as the yoke (which would potentially break or scramble). A little common sense seemed to get an "A" every time. All I used was cotton, cardboard and newspaper. Most lenses I've seen in modern packing are pretty safely stored.

Richard Lynch

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1/13/2009 8:37:43 AM

Aimee C. Eisaman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2007
  That was a 6th grade assignment of ours Richard.....alot of the kids were very successful at having their egg not break. I agree that I would not boycott amazon for camera gear. I'm looking at getting my new camera and lens there myself thru the links on since he has such an awesome site for photographers and buying thru his link helps him out!

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2/10/2009 9:52:13 AM

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