Please, please be careful when sending or receiving goods from ANY courier and make sure you wrap the items well and check the goods in the prescence of the delivery drivers!!
Unfortunately it seems I might be finding out the hard way that delivery companies can easily get out of paying for damaged goods!!
Long story short (not naming names until it's resolved), I bought a rifle from an RFD that looked mint, was known by my RFD as a decent chap and we spoke on a few occasions before going ahead with the deal.
Rifle delivered to my rfd, who checked the packaging which showed no signs of damage, signed the docket, only to open the parcel later to find the safety catch bent which then sheared off completely due to a hefty wack in transit! I contact said courier today who says we have no chance of a claim as the item was signed for to say it was received in good condition. I need to speak with the rfd who sent it tmoro as he's closed today as it's his responsibility, according to the courier, to ensure we now the rules as stated on his account!!
So basically when you receive something you need to make the driver wait until you've opened the package, inspected it and are happy there is no damage before you sign! I for one will now be doing this and expect a few irate drivers under pressure to meet deadlines but that won't be my problem!!
I just hope now I can find a safety catch for said rifle and it can be fixed ok without breaking the bank!! Also knowing this I won't be buying a rifle unless I can collect it in person, which is a shame!