Question? Is the production date embedded in the serial number in some way? The serial number provided by the vendor is of course missing the last digit/letter so it's NOT possible to gather any information until the serial number is actually confirmed from the product. Do they maybe use a Julian date sequence or other known sequence that can be decoded for production information while still in transit?
It's my understanding and I believe my C8000 package was also this way but I never attempted to see if it the production date could be deciphered in some fashion.