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John Smith

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#1 posted 01-25-2018 10:33 PM

Rich said: “why add the materials and labor to build a shipping box that will only wind up making
it more expensive to ship than the artwork alone?”

my answer to that is this:
then that is not very expensive artwork and it is very okay to ship it in a cardboard box.
I guess my statement of wooden boxes for shipping comes from my mindset that I do not
make cheap stuff. if you make cheap stuff, then by all means, use cheap shipping methods.
your shop = your call (on everything).
if a carrier can find a way to drop a crow bar through it – they will…...

when I was shipping expensive items, they were usually outside of the standard cardboard box size.
and when you ship a “one of a kind” expensive item, it is not so easy to just go get another one
for replacement if one has been damaged. even though it was insured.
Rich – I am quite sure that it will only take you only five minutes to zip some 1×4 together and screw
some luan door skins to it to make a box and it will not be as heavy as you imagine ….....
my customers knew the packaging and shipping charges and method of shipping prior to placing the deposit.
totally up to the artist/fabricator of how he wants to ship and how much he values his work.
overkill ?? possibly. can art still be damaged in a wooden box ? yes, of course it can.
please forgive me if I am a little overly cautious…... after losing a few pieces to the shipping industry,
I will take that extra step of prevention, if I think it is prudent. if someone is going to argue or balk over
shipping expenses compared to the cost of the item, I will normally just pass on the job. When my business
was strictly internet based, everything I sold was shipped. and yes, some were in the standard cardboard box.
but there was usually a piece of 1/4” plywood on each side of the item inside the box.
after having 2 boxes lost by Greyhound, I stopped that nonsense and only used UPS or FedEx.
bottom line is the value of what you made and sold will dictate the method of shipment = your call.

I would hate to hear that the OP, LyubomyrS, made a fantastically carved eagle and got a lot of money
for it and he shipped it in a cardboard box and it got damaged beyond repair in shipment solely because
he is new to shipping and had no idea of how to ship expensive items.

here is one of the items I shipped for a customer:

and as you can see, this particular box went to the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan.
my customer base had no size limitations or geographic boundaries.
and a big shout-out for the internet based small business owners.


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