Suggestion for Shipping Model Kits
Posted 06 June 2012 - 01:28 AM
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:20 AM
I save every box I get in the mail that I think I may be able to use in the future, as well as the packing peanuts, bubble wrap etc. I always try to pack it the way I would want to receive it.
I do the same thing! But, I normally get a new box for kits since they're free at the post office. Out of all of the kits I've bought on ebay,I only had one seller ship a kit with only paper wrapped on the box. I messaged the seller before I opened it because I knew there would be damage.The box was mangled! Just as I thought, the roof was mashed down slightly. It was repairable,but it was still something that shouldn't have happened.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:25 AM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:40 AM
If you have a paper shredder at home, the shredded paper makes a really good packaging material. I think it is better than crinkled newspaper as it packs down a lot better.
Once a kit box is put in a mailing box and packed in tight with shredded paper it does not move.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:30 AM
IMO the key to shipping anything even halfway fragile is crumple zones; the outer box should be slightly larger than the item you're shipping, in order to allow for some minor crushing without hurting the contents.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:38 AM
I mean you can go to the dollar general most any day and find small boxes for free or if you have to they habe one perfect size for a measly $1.25!
Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:33 AM
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:12 PM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:27 PM
A Heller/Lee copy of Imex/Arii's 58 Cadillac convertible.
I got lucky in the box was not crushed, or mutilated in any way.
I too save all receiving boxes. Plus, I watch the Recycle bins here in town.
When I see good boxes, I take them.
Due to the quantity of kits I have, I re-enforce the kit box itself with corrugated cardboard inside,
bag loose parts, agid surround with bubble wrap/Foam sheet. layer peanuts or foam sheet/bubble-wrap.
Be advised though, The Post Office may accept paper as packing,
but UPS will VOID insurrance if paper is the packing. I asked once in a UPS shipper's office.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:11 PM
This has also happened to me in another hobby, Case knife collecting.
Really ticks me off when they sell you a "mint in mint box" knife,charge 6-8 bucks shipping and then ship it in a padded envelope to save shipping cost (for them) and keep the difference in the shipping charge. I Cannot tell you the number of idiots that do that and then are surprised when you file a complaint with ebay!