The CEs were clearly packed 2/case by the manufacturer. For mine, you could tell that they removed one CE from the case, filled the void with bubble wrap, then shipped it. I got lucky though and it arrived in good shape.
His shipped an Adorama box which was 4x the size. The box itself was sturdy but just dumb/lazy to stick the item in a corner. They also wouldn't offer a replacement or anything and basically said, sucks to be you.
Target shipped mine in a box but it was packed with air bubbles all around.