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Anyone Ordered A Hard Drive From Amazon? (Packaging Question)

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20 October 2014 05:01
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just wondered if anyone had ordered a hard drive from amazon?

it's upgrade time & i've been shopping around looking at various hard drives & on amazon i've spotted enough 1 star reviews to flag concern. the reviews aren't actual hardware reviews, but to draw attention to the fact damaged goods have been received due to inadequate packing.

i do realise the two obvious replies are - 'you can always return damaged goods' or 'well order from somewhere else then', but i like amazon & plan to take the prime trial too, so would like to use them - anyone used them? happy? unhappy?

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20 October 2014 05:08
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I've ordered three drives (on two separate occasions) from Amazon and packaging has been mixed. On the first occasion I ordered two Samsung 1TB drives and the packaging was just about OK, however both drives packed up after about 18 months. The other purchase was a WD 3TB Red drive which was ordered about 6 months ago and that was properly packaged.

Overall I would buy again from Amazon.

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20 October 2014 05:19
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I buy all my (bare/internal) drives from scan.co.uk nowadays. They wrap the things with around 3-4" thick of bubble wrap.

You can actually buy on the Scan.co.uk site but use what they call Amazon Payments to pay & ship (you basically log in to your Amazon account from there).


As for boxed (external) had drives, I've always bought from Amazon without a problem.
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20 October 2014 07:29
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Packaging from Amazon is going to depend very much on who is supplying the product. Remember that with a lot of these products Amazon are simply a advertising front. The products are shipped direct from the company not by Amazon.

I have always found anything supplied by Amazon itself well boxed, so perhaps look for those suppliers that leave Amazon to do the fulfilment. Note also that a lot of these companies do not qualify for Amazon Prime so no gain in having it for them.
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20 October 2014 08:02
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thanks for the responses chaps. i do tend to order from amazon or fulfilled by amazon orders rather than the storefront sellers, but i probably would now look at ordering from a specialised hardware retailer who apprecates the need for proper packaging.

amazon may well be too much of a 'mixed bag', one of the reviews i read noted the hard drive had been placed in an over sized box along with just a few sheets of brown packing paper for 'protection', so obviously it makes more sense to use a retailer who uses the appropraite amount of bubble wrap.

on a side point, the last hdd i ordered from amazon was a 2.5" retail boxed ssd - this was sent in one of those sealable brown cardboard sleeves amazon use for books & dvds. it was actually small enough to fit through my letterbox (which is indeed how it was delivered).
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Maybe try Novatech at Portsmouth/Southsea


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Quote from RedChecker
I buy all my (bare/internal) drives from scan.co.uk nowadays. They wrap the things with around 3-4" thick of bubble wrap.




+1

I use Scan the majority of the time as they tend to be cheaper than most on the majority of goods they sell - you also know if you order today, will be with you tomorrow.



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21 October 2014 06:07
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There's also overclockers.co.uk that I'd recommend. They used to bundle fun-sized bags of Haribo with your stuff, LOL
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I have found that goods coming from Amazon themselves are well packed, but the same does no always apply to Amazon sellers. I bought a lens once from an Amazon seller (I can't remember the name of the company). The packing was atrocious, but fortunately the lens was not damaged and seemed to work OK.


18 November 2014 06:11
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agree with what has already been said: bought from Amazon (direct) all packaging OK (from their 'marketplace' very mixed quality packaging)

I buy my kit from DABS... always good.



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