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    Re: Proper Packing for Shipping a Sextant?
    From: hellos
    Date: 2006 May 11, 15:28 -0500

    Typically, secured in it's case, then centered in a somewhat larger box with 4"
    of foam rubber or 6" of peanuts around it. Or something similar with bubble
    wrap. In a corrugated box that IS the commercial/shipping kind, hevy weight.
    Part of the reason for so many inches is to allow padding, part is because
    sometimes, somehow, boxes still arrive looking like cargo hooks were put into
    them, or corners dropped. You can get fancier or more creative, but I've found
    "that much" packaging is usually enough to ensure safe arrival.

    Marked on all sides as "FRAGILE--GLASS" and fully insured. FWIW, sometimes 2nd
    or 3rd day delivery services are given better handling (and less time on the
    route trucks) than plain ground but for a box that can easily reach 20#, they
    may also be stiffly priced. I would also insure it at retail value, so that if
    it is damaged, the carrier can simply buy you a new one.

    With UPS, for example, the next day shipments are monitored all the way through
    for "loss prevention" meaning there is someone watching the handlers all the
    time, so they are less likely to throw your box.<G>

    I'd also avoid "Fedex Ground" because Fedex bought out the old "RPS" company,
    known for being the cheapest and least reliable in the business, and even the
    rest of the old Fedex teams still disparage the "Fedex Ground" people who came
    in from the RPS culture.

    How well the major carriers (UPS, USPS, Fedex, etc.) do varies a lot with where
    you are, of course.

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