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#1 posted 01-19-2014 12:42 AM

Search for freight brokers in your area. Best thing to do is to get a sales rep on site and show him what you make. Best case is if you can negotiate a contract to ship your wares. Example, bookcases between a certain size and weight would be X, tables between a certain size and weight would be xx, etc. Overall freight companies aren’t very interested in shipping one-offs. They want to fill trailers and make as few stops as possible.

There are several companies that specialize in shipping furniture.

Sometimes moving companies will ship individual pieces.

I’ve had moderate success with IMO you can find a better deal but it takes more time to list what you sell. The buyer needs to be flexible

Preparing for shipment is a job in itself. Freight handlers and transportation are not friendly to furniture.

If you have standard sizes a cardboard company could make custom boxes for you.

Whenenver I ship I use foam, cardboard and shrinkwrap. Strapping to a pallet sometimes make it more appealing because the package is easier to move.

Let us know if you find a cost effective solution. Don’t be surprised if shipping a large or bulky item costs 25% of your sales price. I’ve lost many sales because shipping blows it out of the water.

Based on my experiences and glancing at your work it might cost anywhere from $100 – $300 to ship freight.

Don’t forget to price your time in the packaging. Could take an hour or more to do it right.

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