|Surprise! Serial Numbers not Sequential|
Message #9 Posted by Paul Brogger on 2 June 2002, 7:24 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Randy Sloyer
I think it's a mistake to think that, even if these were the "last 40 units left" in HP's inventory, that the serial #'s would be handed out in ascending order.
I'm guessing the units were made in Indonesia, shipped over unpackaged (there's a lot of air in the packaging), wrapped in plastic here, boxed, cartoned, crated, and stored in whatever order was convenient -- perhaps totally randomly.
Later, the were uncrated, de-cartoned, stacked on shelves, and moved all about as -42s servicing went from a high-volume, perhaps multi-workstation activity, to a low-volume, then occasional and finally no-volume activity. By the time it came to house-cleaning, they were probably all jumbled up.
We shouldn't assume that the "last one made" was even released with this batch. (And I suppose the offer was made available to HP employees before we got wind of it . . . )