Following the sale of the 1993 Lavadome, the wheels and drivetrain were sold as a package. In Retrobike styleee, I acquired a box from Halfords, packed and shipped using 'send it now' which I think are a Parcel Force subsidiary?
The open flap was stuck solid with a load of 'fragile' parcel tape whilst the bottom and sides were left as existing with the large copper staples as all was secure.
On receipt the buyer found that the bottom had been tampered with and the parcel containing the full drivetrain was missing. The bottom had been crudely re-fixed using straps of brown parcel tape. Rest assured the buyer and myself are on good terms working through the claim. I've also given my word that he's not lost his money what ever the outcome.
I suspect that the theft happened whilst the box was in the care of ‘send it now’!
I can’t help thinking that I was a little naïve by not securing the bottom like the top. Then again you would hope not to have thieving C**ts in trusted employment.
So, beware if you are using send it now / parcel force in the North West and Midlands.
. . . . and relax!