I hear you but when I opened the new trans box it looked nothing like the one that was " abused".. I was surprised at the cardboard in it that I had NO idea was in the bad one..That's the same box my TKO came in from SST. I actually thought it was a pretty nifty box. When staples and taped, it was quite sturdy. Definitely not up to being dropped without sacrificing itself though. I like the pallet/crate idea, but the cardboard could probably cushion a decent drop without hurting the contents, whereas a more solid box would pass the shock on to the contents.
If you click on the above "holley" link, scroll down and look at the post about a private party packaging his trans when he sold it... I like that packaging idea..