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Sending frames - advice please!


LeighRebecca 7 267 10 England
25 Mar 2009 7:34PM
I have had an order for a couple of framed prints. I have only ever sent mounted prints before, and used recorded delivery at the post office.
The frames are solid oak, glazed, and 20" by 16".
The buyer has agreed to pay full postage costs. Does anyone know the best way to send something rather heavy, large and fragile like this? I assume going into the local post office would prove rather expensive, but I've no idea what else to do.
Any ideas or recommendations would be very welcome. The buyer is waiting for me to send him a price including delivery.

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LeighRebecca 7 267 10 England
25 Mar 2009 7:39PM
Googling now, thanks.
lobsterboy Plus
11 14.4k 13 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2009 7:47PM
You might want to pack it in something like this .
LeighRebecca 7 267 10 England
25 Mar 2009 7:49PM
Looks good. I never realised how delivery firms worked. It looks like I can book a pickup from home and send it for about 15. As long as I don't have to sit in from morning til evening waiting for the collection, that sounds fine.
I'll go for that unless anyone else has an alternative suggestion?
LeighRebecca 7 267 10 England
25 Mar 2009 7:55PM
Is that 28 for two padded boxes! I think I'll improvise with a mountain of bubblewrap and some standard boxes.
lobsterboy Plus
11 14.4k 13 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2009 8:06PM

Quote:I think I'll improvise with a mountain of bubblewrap and some standard boxes.


I've tried that but if they are glass frames it's blooming difficult to stop couriers or posties smashing the glass!
LeighRebecca 7 267 10 England
25 Mar 2009 8:13PM
I can imagine. That's why I've never offered framed prints for sale on my website, but this guy rang and asked specially. Maybe something more sophisticated than just bubble wrap, but I couldn't pay that, I'm just too tight. Smile
Get a big sheet of polystyrene from somewhere like Wicks and put that between the two frames then make a sandwich around the whole lot. ( It's used for insulation)
It's the corners that are vulnerable so make sure they're well padded.
Merl
LeighRebecca 7 267 10 England
25 Mar 2009 8:16PM
Ah, that sounds more like it! Thanks Merl.
Paul65 7 258 England
25 Mar 2009 8:27PM

Quote:Any ideas or recommendations would be very welcome.


Deliver in person. Guaranteed to arrive in A1 condition and that personal touch could help secure more business.

Maybe an option, maybe not....?
LeighRebecca 7 267 10 England
25 Mar 2009 8:35PM
Not an option, really!
User_Removed 11 17.9k 8 Norway
25 Mar 2009 8:40PM
Assuming you have taken care of the security from a packaging perspective Leigh, log on here and the rest is taken care of.

I can personally vouch that the service works.
LeighRebecca 7 267 10 England
25 Mar 2009 9:27PM
Thanks for that, Mike. I'll have a close look. It looks like good value.
LeighRebecca 7 267 10 England
25 Mar 2009 9:35PM
Did you choose dhl from there, or the cheapest interparcel courier, or doesn't it matter much?

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