Standard vs First Quality for Family Time Capsules

Future Line Standard Time Capsules

Q: I am interested in a standard Time Capsule on your website, but would like to know what is the extent of the damage. How large are the small dents/dings? Is it possible for you to tell me more about the standard time capsules?

More detail about our standard time capsules

It’s in the Inspection

Inspecting Time Capsules for 12 Important PointsOur inspector gives all capsules a full inspection before we ship. For every 12 he inspects, he will find 3 or 4 to be first quality. Only a few pass all quality points plus cosmetics. The others are either reworked to sell as refurbished time capsules or they are scrapped. To answer “What’s wrong with the refurbished time capsules?” let’s talk about those that don’t get that far.

Scrapped Ones are Not Sold

If the lid does not fit well, the inspector scraps the time capsule. Are there dents on the sides? Scrapped. Does the defect mean the capsule container is not sturdy? Does the container lid not seat well on the time capsule body? He scraps all those, too. They don’t pass inspection at all.

Our inspector looks at each time capsule with a picky eye. First, he looks for dents. Then, he looks for scratches. 

So what’s wrong with the standard or refurbished time capsules that we do sell?

Standard or School Time Capsules

If dents and scratches are minor, he leaves them in place. If he can remove minor dents, he does so. He may polish them to make them less noticeable. We sell these standard time capsules at a deep discount. This is what is meant by ‘cosmetic blemishes’ because they are minor and are only cosmetic problems. You can save money with no real quality issues when you buy these standard time capsules.They are perfect choices for schools or for families wishing to bury their time capsule.

Our inspector is as picky when he looks at the standard time capsules as he is with the practically perfect ones. He would never pass a unit that would not protect the items inside. The lid must fit well. He tests the threaded areas to make sure they close like they should. He looks at 12 things on each unit!

Photos Difficult of Shiny Stainless Steel

If the image in your mind is one of a crushed or dented aluminum can, that’s the wrong concept to have. Our time capsules are not aluminum, and they do not crush or dent like aluminum does. Yet they will have small scratches on the bottom and often the scratches are on the lid and bottom.

We don’t just have one imperfect time capsule that we take a photo of and sell one at a time. We inspect before we ship. Any photo we show you of a standard time capsule shipping today will not be the same as the one we have next week. And, it’s difficult to take a photo of a polished stainless steel time capsule. It’s too shiny to do well.

Ask Yourself "What is the Purpose of My Time Capsule?

What do you want the time capsule for? If it’s for display or for engraving, we recommend getting the first quality ones. 

Is the time capsule intended for burial? Is it for a school party? Is the real consideration of long term protection of time capsule contents important? If your answer to these questions is ‘yes,’ I would choose one that’s blemished. The cost savings for real quality vs cosmetic quality is significant.

The standard or refurbished time capsules are imperfect in cosmetics only. They may not look perfect. But the quality remains. This means the standard or refurbished time capsules will protect the items you put inside. They will not rust unless mishandled or misused.

We stand behind our products – even the imperfect ones. Yes, even these standard time capsules.

[A big thank you to Lindsey Baker for asking this question!]