"I apologize not knowing about a very very rare event from 6 years ago"
Gee Andrew, you must not have a lot of experience making apologies? I was kinda hoping for an apology for inferring that I was lying. But, you already knew that didn't you?
I did not infer you were lying...
I already knew what? Meade packs their telescopes very well and this was a weird event?
Um that is beyond nonsense. Shipping a telescope that tolls around????
Correction first of all - meant to say "rolls around".
Now, first off, I could not imagine a telescope rolling around freely and surviving based on all the shipping disaster stories I have heard and read here on CN and else where.
So first sentence - it is beyond nonsense! Still! If that really happened I would be INSTANTLY be on the phone with Meade and the dealer. I just never seen this before and certainly Meade does not do this as the norm. Never saw it before. Ever.
I have purchased several telescopes this year all extremely and massively well packed. I can even show pictures.
Same for the Lx600.
Second and third sentences - true too! Nothing about lying.
I declare shenanigans on this. Send me the link, and description why this one individual had a highly suspect packaging experience.
And how did this freely rolling telescope survive?
I still declare shenanigans on this! I do appreciate you sending the link - it peaked my curiosity quite a bit when reading the entire thread. It is also clear reading this thread this was a rare and unusual event as I suspected. I am very curious how this all happened and how it was resolved. (Anyone know? What is the back story?) I can see how you would have been scared off, but still it was an extra-ordinary situation. You inferred this was typical of Meade though (there is that word inferred again). I do believe it impacted any consideration you had of Meade which is too bad. Still, I never saw a reference to something like this happening since 2007 when this happened. I do see articles of the the outer boxes getting mushed or messed up, but everything surviving inside. The box on my new 130mm APO was a bit crunched on a corner, but all was well inside (whew!).
But tough to apologize when I never called you a liar.
So as a peace offering, I will offer you a pound of thick cut, hickory smoked bacon. If you are a vegetarian - Tofu!
(BTW - Tofu would never cut it in Texas...)