Well, I have just experience probably my most frustrating instance of transit damage on a peice of electronics that I've purchased. I bought an Aoyue 738 SMD Rework Station from China. Excellent Price, shipped on a well known courier (and one I'd usually recommend) - DHL. It arrived Wednesday / Thursday, and looked ok. Unwrapped the DHL 'bag' from the box, to find the box a little crushed. With a little concern I open it up and was fairly amazed to only find the soldering iron itself broken. Fair enough if it had ended there. After taking the main unit into work, and testing there, I found it was virtually unusable. Now for the good part :) The Aoyue reseller in question has taken their time to spend the last two days working with me via Instant Messenger to repair the iron myself - in order to save myself the shipping costs returning it and the delay in getting the unit back. Know what was causing the problems? Broken standoffs and a loose nut! ALL caused by transit damage. Maybe I will stick with recommending Amtrak. Now all I need is a replacement iron...