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"I've ordered twice from these folks, and likely will again. There is inherent risk in buying surplus anything - you never know whether an item made it to the bargain shelves because of over-supply, or failed QC, or what. I've been completely satisfied with the quality of merchandise here. With both orders, I received an instant email confirmation. On only one order was there a shipping notification. Both orders arrived well packed and acceptably quickly."
"I like the inventory and prices at Surplus Shed, and may well order from them again. However I will have to be feeling lucky then, about the security of my personal information, and NOT needing any contact with their customer service people.SS confirms web order info via e-mail, which is not secure of course. Unfortunately they are among the fewer and fewer retailers who echo the greatest amount of credit-card data, including expiration date. This is not necessary or desirable. And even if there's no immediate harm, it indicates a lax attitude toward confidentiality. Worse, when I helpfully suggest they reconsider that for the future, they do not even believe it happens. Certainly I am not going to e-mail BACK a copy of the excess info, which I don't want e-mailed at all. And they are too lazy or defensive just to check the system at their end. Whether or not they ever do change their e-mail order confirmations. SS is noted for its large selection of optical lenses. One can search by lens type, diameter, focal length, and shows whether coated.However beyond that, probably because lenses may be surplus, there is not much info. And as you would gather from their "surplus" name, their inventory may vary from time to time. In particular some lenses may not pass light across their entire physical diameter. A lens may be partly etched and/or painted black, because the specified optical properties do not apply across the whole diameter. I know little about optics, so perhaps this is obvious to other people. E.g. a negative meniscus, 14mm diam, -10mm focal.Such paint varies in its ability to be removed easily, for certain peculiar applications if desired. Try acetone. Cheers."
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