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Agreed. If you use the proper packaging for the item and it's still in good shape, the number of shipments won't really matter. The concern over time is from the packaging material breaking down (i.e. cardboard deteriorating). Or risks such as a fork lift piercing into a box and damaging the equipment. The actual shipping does not hurt electronics.
In all the ausdio components I have bought and sold, most of the boxes were very rugged and would survive multiple trips. The packaging on my ************* speakers (returned them) had the flimsiest box I had ever seen. The cardboard was so thin, that I could put my finger right through the cardboard if pushed hard enough. The styrofoam sheets that are part of the packaging had disintegrated on one of the speakers as Fed Ex demolished one of the cartons. The box comes in 2 parts, a top half and bottom half and need to be taped together. Not very sturdy. I did mention it to the owner of the company, so perhaps they have changed packaging
Interesting question which is a by-product of the world-wide secondary market that the internet has facilitated. I don't think the packaging is the only variable. Leaving aside the gorillas at OOOOPS and the other guys, another variable is the way the piece is put together internally. This is especially true with amplifiers with big and heavy power and output xformers. I won't name names but some of the highly respected names don't appear to be cognizant of the interia a heavy piece can develop as it falls from one conveyor belt to another inside those high speed, multi-level sorting centers. I've also seen large caps held in place with hot glue only.
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IME it mostly depends on the weight. Of course appropriate packaging is a given necessity. I’ve had poor experiences with shippers and amplifiers over about 75 lbs, in heavy cardboard boxes, even well packaged. Most people forget about shock damage. Very few Fedex and UPS drivers are Hercules, and, without a lift gate, not infrequently drop heavy parcels two plus feet to ground level and then grab their handcarts. Transmitted forces must go somewhere when the boxes are essentially undamaged....right to the internal components, disrupting circuit board components etc. I’m not demeaning shippers, as I think my drivers are diligent but human, have no help on the truck, but are expected to handle parcels up to 150 lbs. Not to forget packages moved from truck to truck at hubs along the way, conveyor belts etc. The only issues I’ve had with buyers (2) over 20 years was when I’ve sold a 100+ lb component and, after strongly urging 2 day air, they elected ground for savings. Long story short, both arrived with shock damage, boxes were relatively normal, and shippers denied both claims. Both had disrupted internal components on eventual repair. I split the costs of repair on both occasions but will not ship heavy items on my dime/insurance any longer.
Apologies to moderators if I am not supposed to post links to stuff like this, but this stuff I find it the best for shipping heavy equipment like amplifiers (and test equipment). We use it frequently, and also frequently receive stuff shipped with it where the shipped does not have the original packing:
You used to be able to buy single bags, but appears to be only sold in boxes now. I am sure you can buy smaller quantities somewhere.
For shipping heavy items, polyethylene foam pieces are much better than styrofoam as well. When passing drop tests for packaging, often use this between outer and inner boxes.