New 27" 2.7 GHZ - Shipped upside down!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JFS61, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. JFS61 macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2006
    Just got my 27 Inch 2.7 GHZ today (the motherboard of my 24 Inch offed itself last Saturday), but, unfortunately, the excitement of the moment was greatly diminished when I discovered after opening the outer shipping container, that it had been shipped upside down. Normally, I like to rag on UPS, but in this case it wasn't their fault, as Amazon didn't bother to mark to box with any directional arrows or related caution markings of any kind.

    So far, everything seems to be operating normally, but I was wondering, just what kinds of stress/damage can happen to an Imac when shipped upside down, and in what ways would any shipping related damages manifest themselves?

    Also, I guess to take it further, does being shipped upside down automatically guarantee that there will be some form of damage to the machine? I was thinking of shipping it back on principle, but there's no guarantee that the same thing won't happen again, and the thought of having to deal with again the local Mac dealers leaves me cold.

  2. hayesk macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2003
    Seriously, don't worry about it. They're packed very well, and can handle being shipped in any orientation.
  3. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2011
    Do not worry at all! An iMac can be shipped in any manner if not too much force is exerted on it! When not in use, any component in an iMac can be in any orientation without any damage caused. Actually, you can also use your iMac in whatever orientation you like: Upside down, on its side, rotated in real and time spaces through any degrees, and etc.
  4. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    I understand, if I spent 1000 plus dollars I would not want that either. You could ship it back. Or you could figure, hey i have a one year warranty if anything comes up, and also it is not like they are treated great en route from china.
  5. Freecity88 macrumors member


    Sep 23, 2007
    Yes, it is a big deal. The residual stress is gonna crack the lcd in 7 days and 3.1415926535897932 hours. Be prepared.
  6. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    you never know :)
  7. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    Well what's your right-side-up is China's up-side-down. If there no dings on the box and no styrofoam busted then your iMac will be fine.
  8. Slow Programmer macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2011
    If I had a computer I could not trust to be shipped in any orientation I would find a different brand. Of course it is possible out of the millions of computers Apple has shipped over the years that they don't know how to pack them to survive the trip. I think it unlikely though.
  9. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Why would one even care which side is the iMac shipped on?? Its a compact machine, it does not have any heavy coolers hanging freely inside it which could break out. If your machine is well and running why would you even care?
    Its not a refrigerator!
  10. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    So? My iMac was shipped upside down too. They're very tightly packed though, so it doesn't really matter which way up they're shipped.
  11. ataboc macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2007
    i used my macbook upside down last night.

    it still works.
  12. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008
    im trying to figure out what your 'upside down' means.

    was it "Upside down" in the brown box or "Upside Down" in the white box. where when you opened it with the handle on top the base/foot of the imac was the first thing you saw?

    In any event perhaps you opened it wrong? :cool:
  13. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Have you ever watched them sort packages in shipping places?

    My dad once had to go to the airborne express place to pick something up... And there, the guy with the packages was in the middle and throwing the various packages to the drivers.

    There is no way that it already hadn't been every which way, even while on the boat from china!

    As long as the box isn't dented up it is probably fine....
  14. Smacky macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2008
    Yeah you're kidding yourself if you think delivery workers take special care of a box because it says 'fragile' or has the glass symbol on it
    They get paid minimal wage to get boxes from point A to B as fast as possible since time is money
  15. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    You do realise these parcels get tossed around, turned, pushed, rolled and generally shoved about in every way possible when they are being flown half way round the world to you?

    On the plus side that means for part of the journey your iMac was the right way up.
  16. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    What the last three posters said! Most of the folks handling your box probably couldn't read "This Side Up", much less understand it.
  17. Travis Bickle macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2011
    Well i'd be prepared for black and white computing now as no doubt all the colours will have run out the top ended mac!!!
  18. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Take it from someone who has a friend working for Armor here in Canada. When **** is in shipping, the things done to it would scare you. It being shipped upside down in the box is the least of your worries.

    For that matter, the amount of foam in with it would keep the actual computer from moving around anyway. Above that the internal parts themselves don’t care which way is up as long as they aren’t running which they clearly weren’t. Worry not, your iMac is fine.
  19. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    Fear not! If anything was damaged in transportation it would have shown up when you first turned your IMAC on.
    Apple packs their Macs for durability and the bumpy ride most macs will receive in transportation to their final destination
  20. blesio macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2011
    I wonder how they ship them in Australia? Maybe they just get it right down there :D

    Are you serious about that question though? Did you make the appropriate investigation on google about that?
  21. qap macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2011
    The iMac package have no Upside or downside, it can be shipped in every side.
  22. iAmYou macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    They are in no way make minimum wage. avg. US postal employee is 40k to 75k
    depending on title and location.
    Hardly minimum wage.
    Typical civil service though high paid and Low customer service.
    But this is another whole can of worms.
  23. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008
    ups/fedex delivers most apple products not usps. and typical package handlers for ups/fedex make starting $7.50 - $8 per hour. minimum wage
  24. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Ya, the handlers, not the drivers....

    And let's go another route - how many of you have ever seen a best buy truck backed in at a store to be unloaded? Store getting 1 of something? It certainly is not coming on its own neat pallet. The first night i worked truck I was shocked and "over" even how boxes looked in the store.... Although i still try to get the most pristine box. BUt that semi trailer? Every nook and cranny packed and stacked with stuff.
  25. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    you actually think anyone pays attention to those orientation arrows during shipping. um no. it wouldnt have mattered if it had em or not.

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