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12-13-2012 09:00 PM

Since I am new to online sales, I was hoping for those of you that do might give me some pointers, does and dont’s on how to pack a box for shipping?

What I’ve been doing thus far is wrapping the jewelry box in bubble wrap, placing wadded up paper in the cardboard box then laying the jewelry box on top of the paper then finish filling in the box with more wadded paper.


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#1 posted 12-13-2012 09:06 PM

This is a good question and I’ll be looking for the answers too. One thing I’m worried about is plastic up against the wood. I’ve seen plastic do bad things to other finished surfaces so is there a chance bubble wrap could damage wood or the finish during shipment? I was thinking wrapping things in newspaper, but then ink can come off the paper too and get on the finish. Maybe a thin layer of that foam up against the wood and then buddle wrap over that?

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 09:14 PM

Randy, I have shipped a dozen or so boxes to various places here in the US of A, as long as you have padding on all six sides and it does not rattle around you are good to go. I have not had any deliverys damaged. I do use a premium cardboard box. They are a little thicker than the standard shipping box.

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 09:33 PM

What you would want to do is wrap the jewelry boxes in a large bubble wrap, one or two layers around the whole thing, and then put it in a box with at least two inches of packing peanuts surrounding it on all sides. This is the UPS Standard for packing, I work for UPS so I know how to pack without getting things damaged. The most Important thing is to make sure the box is tight, you want to overfill the box with peanuts and then squeeze it shut.

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 09:38 PM

I bubble wrap and then wrap with corrugated cardboard

extra on sharp corners if it is heavy, in over 5k orders world

wide I’ve had two damaged, but lost in transit can happen more

often. I now send signed for courier.


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#5 posted 12-13-2012 09:55 PM

Jamie, do you pay or customer the extra expense for the signed or is that an extra cost?

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 10:06 PM

The bubble wrap directly on a wood finish doesn’t cause any issues?

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 10:12 PM

I have shipped a lot of boxes. I use tissue paper to wrap them in first then bubble wrap. I once had bubble wrap leave bubble marks in the finish. I was able fix it with a quick sanding and a extra coat of finish, but not something I want to have happen when it’s shipped across the country.

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#8 posted 12-13-2012 10:49 PM

I ship my boxes frequently and found the easiest and safest way is to bring it to the local UPS store and let them pack it and ship it. They always have a selection of the necessary boxes, peanuts and bubble wrap on hand and I do not want to store shipping materials in my shop.
I always insure my shipping because I put so much time and effort into creating my work.
I am not interested in doing the packing myself and this is really convenient. Never had a damaged box yet.

I was told by a UPS employee that if you plan to insure it the packing must be done by them…otherwise you will have a nightmare trying to collect if it is damaged.

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#9 posted 12-13-2012 11:34 PM

If customer is paying for shipping shouldn’t they be responsible for what ever happens? Where does the liability lie?

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 11:45 PM

I think the problem is shipping insurance covers damage caused by shipping, but it doesn’t cover damage caused by poor packing on the part of the customer. For example what if I was going to ship two glass vases and I just put them in an oversized box together with no packaging? Clearly they are going to break. So I could insure them for $1000 and ship them off and collect my $1000 if the shipper didn’t have a way to dispute my packaging ability. What Greg is saying is that ability to dispute the claim on poor packing is eliminated if they are the ones doing the packing.

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#11 posted 12-13-2012 11:58 PM

I like Greg’s way of doing it. The only 2 I have shipped were exssesively wrapped in buble wrap.

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#12 posted 12-14-2012 12:10 AM

I have not shipped wwing projects, but I pack and ship worldwide every day.

I would caution you on the bubble wrap directly against the wood. I have seen in the past a diecast car bubble wrapped for a short journey, when unwrapped there were a bunch of tiny circles all over the car where the bubbles had touched, these circles would not come off! I am not sure if this can happen to wood, but personally I would not take the chance. I would suggest a layer of acid free tissue between the wood and bubble wrap.

While it is true that the UPS or Fedex stores can pack and ship for you, I suggest you try and do it yourself, they over charge like there is no tomorrow. I recently bought a collection from another state, the UPS store tried to charge the guy almost $20 for a cardboard box! I got the same size box for about 4 bucks delivered to the guys door. Check out ULINE online, you can get MUCH better prices for shipping supplies, if (as someone else mentioned) you want to keep them on hand in your shop or house.

I never insure anything unless the customer specifically asks for it and pays for it. With UPS and Fedex, there is automatic $100 coverage per box, at least there is when I ship with them. However trying to collect on any insurance claim with any carrier is a nightmare, no matter who packed the box. So good packing, enough padding all the way around, and a good sturdy cardboard box is the best way to protect yourself and the contents inside the box.

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#13 posted 12-14-2012 12:10 AM

You are doing what I do. Those package delivery folks aren’t always too careful. I’d rather have a bit o overkill packaging, then to have something get damaged.

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#14 posted 12-14-2012 02:41 PM

Make sure your finish is completely cured before packing into the box. Dry as a bone. No more odor.
A regular box isn’t very fragile, but if you get into more sculptural elements then you need to use much more ingenuity to make sure it arrives in one piece. As with a sculpture you would want to attach it to a base which would be attached to the bottom of your box. That way it cannot jiggle around and break off parts. I have shipped carved hummingbirds mounted on carved bases this way. Finish filling the box with a cushioned filler and then put that box into another box, with filler between the two boxes.
As I said- this is for art-quality sculpted boxes with delicate projections. Our usual 6-sided solid wood boxes are much tougher.

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