So, yes, we all hear how bad or unpredictable eBay can be. I have had occasional regrets but I have bought hundreds of hand tools over the years. Anyway I wanted to show how responsive Rita was responsive to my eBay message ofter my simple request to package my purchase of a Stanley #10 this week with care because they easily break at the sides above the mouth if dropped. She quickly responded and two days later the package arrived as a cardboard outer and heavy duty duct tape tightly bound.It all felt very tight with no visible signs of packet damage. I was at my newest bench in the back yard when I slit the outer open with my knife and was surprised to see a second package inside the outer. Whoah! I said to myself. This is amazing! I slipped the second package out and this was a box of poplar and MDF, nailed together and then taped again with heavy tape. On both flat faces were instructions for entry to the box. Thinking this to be amazing I followed the instructions and removed the appropriate lids as directed. Here is how it looked inside. Not an ounce of a gap that was not stuffed with polystyrene with several pieces cut to the shape of the plane, the handles and so on. Then the plane had bubble wrap and cloth too.
I of course left good feedback and Rita thanked me. I wrote a reply and she replied again. I told her I would blog on this to brag about my eBay supplier.
Thank you Rita for a lovely plane I will use for the rest of my life…hopefully a long time yet!