thanks all. Yes, I am talking to the seller, this is their fault, shipper should have refused but I don't think they hold much blame.
Sarcasm is tough to get right in writing. I know what it should look like. I have seen the cages the manufactures ship them in. In one of my less polite rearms to the seller I asked them is this is how Suzuki ship engines to them.
I realize the manufacturer crates are not disposable and get reused and have a significant cost associated with them. that is the other extreme but something in the middle would be "normal" to me.
I'm really most pissed because the engine was perfect for me. it was a higher hours engine and the price was right. Now I don't know if it's damaged but there is no way I can trust it. Also I probably won't get it on my boat for several more months.