Thanks for the feed back guys. I know the specs on steel and these are the strongest of the strong chains (EK), but the weakest link in the chain probably got there through MATERIAL HANDLING. When I pick it up, it bends pretty fairly easy and non-consistently in the linear link direction. If you get a beat up box, you just never know if all the forces of the beat up box were orthogonal (or at a right angle) to ANY link's weakest point direction. BUT if the box was perfect, you know you have as good of a chance of being average or better link (all of them) strength.
Sometimes, my price survey skills yield me the best deal, but sometimes it's because I was suckered into buying scrap rejects for a small price margin benefit. The closest EK chain from the same supplier is about $17 more, so I've already started the return process. Hell, this chain normally sells for over double what I paid on Amazon or Ebay, so I at least want to get a non-damaged one to help my odds from getting a manufacturing reject chain, which ebay is a dumping grounds for rejects (even though I got it from a slightly better Amazon.)
Too bad too. I just got everything including a chain oiler and am just waiting on my oem front sprocket; and my chain is adjusted loose to tight right now with a couple of kinked links after adjusted, cleaned, and oiled. Maybe I could get an overnight ship out of EK for making me go through this exercise. But I'd rather see what I can get the same chain for from Motor Helmets Monday and just use my Amazon price to leverage a better bargain for the retail version. With time, labor, and downtime, the ebay/Amazon half price deals are not so good in the end!