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How to Package Miniatures to Ship

Santawraith

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#1
Ever seen a professional package?





Lots of bubble wrap. Under the bubble wrap is a terrorgheist. ;)





I’m holding a corpse cart here.



Now to wrap each wraith. I’ve already added both corpse carts









If the package rattles or shifts at all, you haven’t packaged it well enough.

And BTW I’m not a zombie, I’m just infected. You don’t become a zombie until after you die.
 

Shareya

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#4
I bet this is because of that badly packaged necron army you got at one point and grrr'ed over!
 

Santawraith

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Actually no this army was a year prior to that. Ironically it was from the same guy. I was packaging it up and wanted proof of how we shipped so this post was born. It is in my plog so I can show customers how I package and ship.

Wish more would take the care though I have new policies on armys sent like the necron one.

Thanks all for looking at it.
 
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#6
Having worked in shipping/recieving for a bit i would say the MORE packing material the better.

A layer of packing on the bottom is good but you have to know that the package will be travelling on any side at any given time(even "THIS SIDE UP" is a suggestion to them). A good rule of thumb that i use and one that UPS and FedEx use for damage claims is to have at least 1" of packing material on each side. You need to make sure you have a box large enough to fit what you are shipping and still have room for packing material on all sides.

Peanuts and bubblewrap are good for using as shipping material but i find for assembled models they dont have enough give and still make models prone to breaking. Crumpled paper is great as its easy to come by and it can compress a bit without hurting the contents of your package.
 

Santawraith

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Your advice is good. I do ship some packages that way especially larger models.

Few of my items break the ones that do most of the time would of pretty much any method used. Each model in the above has close to a inch padding around it.

But thanks for adding the advice to shipping miniatures. Hopefully some people benefit from this thread.
 
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The increased packaging material not only protects what you are shipping but it protects you the shipper if you ever have to file a claim. UPS states in their terms that they treat packages with "fragile" or "this side up" no differently than any other package so always, always make sure you have enough packing material.
 
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