(Hey gang, forgive this lengthy post but I thought it might be of interest to members here.) I've been a longtime Newegg customer and only made a purchase from Amazon for the first time last Christmas. However in the time leading up to the purchase of my new Mac Pro I began reading numerous reports online about questionable packaging procedures for bare hard drives. I had never had a problem in the past but it had been at least a year since I'd ordered a hard drive from Newegg. I was going to just order from Amazon but when I read similar reports about their recent packaging I decided the best thing to do would be order from both so I could share my results. THE ORDER: I ordered four OEM (bare) hard drives at the same time, two from each retailer. From Amazon: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3750330NS 750GB Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1.0TB From Newegg: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3750330NS 750GB Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB SHIPPING COST: One interesting thing to note is that both retailers offer free shipping on orders over a certain price, which most hard drives will fall into. However while the free shipping from Newegg got my order delivered in two days, the free shipping from Amazon estimated it wouldn't even leave the warehouse for a week. I had to pay an extra $13.95 to get my Amazon order delivered on the same day as the Newegg order that was shipped for free. I verified this same thing with a recent software order, one title from each vendor based on best price of the two things I needed. Newegg's free shipping option gets sent out immediately, the day after order in my experience, while Amazon's free shipping will sit in the warehouse for almost a week before making it on a truck. PACKAGING: (The box from Newegg is larger because in addition to the two HDs it also included a Netgear PS101 Mini Print Server for use with an older HP LaserJet 6L printer. BTW, it is working just fine and setup on our Macs was fairly simple.) AMAZON: As you can see each of the drives from Amazon was in an individual smaller box inside the larger one, however there was nothing to keep these two from sliding around within the larger box. The Seagate drive was in a plastic clamshell surrounded on both sides with "egg crate" material. The Western Digital drive was in a anti-static bag surrounded only loosely by "air bag" filler that was mostly popped. NEWEGG: The HDs had a some bubble wrap around them however as you can see they were crammed into a corner of the box with brown paper filling the bottom. This offers minimal protection and the bubble wrap was popped along one side of each drive. It would have been much better to have the products in the middle of the box surrounded by the paper instead of just resting on top of it and physically touching the box exterior. The Seagate drive was in a plastic clamshell and the Western Digital drive was in a anti-static bag, both wrapped in bubble wrap. RMA: The Newegg 1.5TB WD failed almost immediately. It initially mounted but didn't make it through the initial format before locking up. So $12 later I RMA'ed it and Newegg sent a replacement that seems to be working fine. I complained about the initial packaging in my RMA and the replacement was surrounded on most sides by packing peanuts, however as you can see there were none on top of the drive. CONCLUSION: I give my vote to the best packaged drive to the Seagate from Amazon. However I give my vote for the worst packaged drive to the Western Digital from Amazon. That said, both Seagates and the Amazon 1TB WD seem to be working just fine [knock-on-wood] as I near one month of service. Hopefully this is somewhat helpful to anyone in the market for additional hard drives in their Mac Pro. What about other retailers? Please feel free to add any recent experiences you've had ordering bare/OEM hard drives. .