I'm having a conversation with a wheel maker. It seems we have a different opinion about the condition new wheels must be in when they are pulled out of the box.
Round, straight to tension and de-tensioned are not at issue.
I'm talking about finish. Are all of the bladed spokes aligned properly? Have all loose bits of metal (chads) been removed from the rim after drilling? Are there fingerprints on the hub or carbon? Is there visible grease on the hub or around the seals.
Their position is that all the tweaking and shining should be done at the shop level. You need to inspect them after shipping anyway.
I'd really like to hear from shop guys about what they see and what they expect. Also from anyone who has bought on-line where product is drop shipped to your door (and it hasn't been opened since it left the warehouse).
What is it reasonable to expect? Cleaning and shining is easy. Aligning the bladed spokes takes 2 minutes.