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If anyone still needs one, or 3.
In the end, I don’t care a ton about the box. I’ve been breaking them down anyway. But it’s absolutely maddening to spend $200 on something and have it packaged and shipped so haphazardly. And even though I’m not a collector who is picky about these things, it does lower the value of my purchase. This is hardly the first time a large set from Amazon has come banged up. It does make me reluctant to buy larger sets from them unless it’s just an exceptional deal.
I've had it happen shipping to both coasts from the first two vendors I mentioned, too, so I'm not so sure it's a regional thing. Maybe you'd have better luck if you lived really close to a distribution center, but you're still at the mercy of whoever's packing your box and how it was handled in the warehouse.
TBH, you just can't win when it comes to getting large sets shipped. If I order a large set online, or any set for that matter, I have pretty low expectations to the condition of the set's box when it arrives. It does help if the set originally comes in its own Lego carton and that gets placed within a larger shipping box, although I have had some come that way that were still slightly dented on the corners due to the same inadequate packing procedures I listed above.
15 left when I purchased mine @ 10:08am. At 10:43 when I screen shot this there were 7. Checked the link twice to make sure it was working. I was on my phone though using safari...