... and I sent the seller specific packing instructions, citing previous extreme damage I've had during shipment of improperly packed similar equipment.
Well, they did write "fragile" and "this side up" on the box (even though the monitor was packed face-down), but that was it. There was a handful of packing peanuts in the bottom of the box, and a loose half-sheet of bubble wrap on top. The equipment was just loose in the box, with no padding or support whatsoever.
Of course, the machine was utterly destroyed. I've politely demanded a full refund including return shipping, but their return policy is "no returns" and there was no shipping insurance (hence my initial packing instructions), so we'll see what happens. :/
Depressing photos (that sucker was MINT I tell you, other than dirt; 20-year storage closet fresh):
If they won't let me return it, I'll probably try to sell off the stuff for parts at a loss, except for maybe the keyboard. I bought it mainly for the monitor and the disk drives, but the video is dodgy (monitor requires bench-thumping) and it doesn't seem to want to read any 3.5" boot media, behaving as if no disk is inserted. Haven't tried 5.25", or the printer.
Very very very demotivating. :/