I love their paper thin locomotive shippers also. I would gladly pay for more substantial packaging which should really be included in the prices they are at these days.
I understand they want to get away from styrofoam and it can be done. My gripe is that they've gone overboard on minimizing their packaging investment and the product suffers as a result. I pay too much for these items to have to go through and "touch up" a new to me beauty to have it correct.
@Trinity River Bottoms Boomer posted:
LionelAG, be sure and check out the thread Lionel 2021 Catalogs in early (?) for the Pros and Cons of your comment.
I'm with the Cons.
The pricing is certainly a problem and quality too. I have a new relationship to inform my wife about with my regular conversations with a Lionel Repair Tech to get the items to function as described (Thanks GRJ). I accept that I'm not in a cheap hobby (my wife isn't quite there yet) but its time to push back on some of their decisions and strategies.