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06/11/2004 12:00AM

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  • extrospec [Mel Campbell]
  • 06/11/2004 09:28AM
As a (25 year) UPS employee, I have some knowledge of what kinds of things can happen to packages. I tell my customers that if you re-use a box and leave the original labels on, it's 50/50 that the package gets to the consignee, depending on which label a sorter / loader is looking at. Knowing the system, and shipping things myself, I always double box and use lots of bubble wrap, fill <i><b>all </b></i> of the voids with bubble wrap. Remember that your package could be at the bottom of the UPS trailer, with 8 ft. of packages on top of your box. I use new or like new boxes, seal the box at <i><b>every</b></i> seam , and cover the tracking label and address label with tape. UPS has many mechanical diverters, slides, conveyors, etc., as well as people sorting and splitting packages, sliding them across a belt, abrasion is a given. Use enough tape, it's cheap and it helps to assure your box stays together and the label stays on. Scotch® brand <i><b><u>packing</u></b></i> tape is much better than the junk you get at the dollar store, use the good stuff. Don't use masking tape, electrical tape, first aid tape, etc. If by chance your label should come off the outside of the box, it is wise to enclose an additional label (or two!) inside the packaging, and/or affixed to the item being shipped. The article about shipping posted by Dave says to have the driver note damages and to never let a driver just leave a package on your porch. UPS delivery methods don't ask for, require, or mandate a notation by the driver to note any damage to a box. This isn't a requirement, nor is there a need for this. If it makes you feel better, you can ask the driver to note in the remarks column, to key in "damage" or "open" or "crushed" etc. There is aprox. 10 characters that he can type in. Bare in mind UPS doesn't require this, ask for this notation, look at this, or even refer to this notation in the remarks column when processing a claim, this is simply for your peace of mind, nothing more. Also, if you live in a DR (driver release) area, a UPS driver <i><b>will</b></i> leave your package on the porch. A shipper can pay extra to <i><b>require</b> </i> a signature on a package. That is done on the shipping end, and if you want to assure someone signs for the package, you must designate this on the shipping end. One way around this "signature required" cost would be to have your item shipped to a commercial/business address, where a signature is required for every delivery.

  • steve1998 [Steve Miller]
  • 06/11/2004 05:45PM
Any way to get this to everyone who ships to me <img class='' src='' alt='smile' title='smile'/> <br><br>We live in a rural area and UPS, FedEx, DHL, and USPS all leave my packages at the bottom of the driveway and never ring my doorbell. Last one was a Meade 14" LX200 that was coming back from Meade after repairs. Meade never informed me they had sent it, UPS left it in the drive. I was on vacation and it sat in the rain for 7 days.<br><br>I never requested drop off with no signature, but I agree with the article that it may be best to have them ring your doorbell and give you the package. I guess I will have to send a letter requesting this.

  • duvoisin [Jacques Duvoisin]
  • 06/12/2004 10:26AM
I am surprised to learn that hard foam is the best material to use. I can see that having no play is crucial. But I would have thought that somehow damping the vibrations from rough handling might be important for things that can go out of alignment. Does the hard foam accomplish this? I suspect most people who use peanuts are worrying about vibration as well as direct trauma. Is bubble wrap a reasonable alternative? I have shipped lots of things with no bad results so far, but I can see now that I have probably just been lucky. On the other hand, I think one corrolary to the article is that insurance is irrelevant in most cases--not because the carrier is dishonest, but because in most cases the damage will be the result of faulty packing.<br><br>Jacques Duvoisin<br><br>

  • mclemens [Mike Clemens]
  • 06/14/2004 01:08AM
Here's how I packed my TMB152 lens that went to Austria from Alaska. You can follow it from step 1 through 11.<br><br><br><br>

Continental United States <img class='' src='' alt='shocked' title='shocked'/>