Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
Bottom line: These are delicate items and subject to willful as well as inadvertent mishandling at all steps, even with the best of intentions. Having it delivered means that it must arrive in your hands in perfect condition and, if not, it is someone else's responsibility to replace it.
Kal, I see you point. You know, my very first HiFi unit was ordered from one of the two national catalog sales companies at the time (late 50's). One was Allied Electronics, in Chicago and the one I chose was a smaller company named Radio Shack, from Boston. I ordered a Bogen amp/pre-amp, a AR-1 speaker and I think a Dual player, but not sure about that one. Everything was delivered by USPS to our home, then in Biloxi where I was stationed, in perfect condition. Since then I haven't looked back. I prefer to purchase large items locally, however, I would not hesitate if that item was not available at a local store for a reasonable price.
Even my 60" TV that Sony provided me for my defective 60XBR1 was flown from LAX to DFW and delivered palletized, in great shape. Perhaps I've been lucky...