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Shipping a matted, mounted 13x19 inch print?

mklass

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"RE: Shipping a matted, mounted 13x19 inch print?"

mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006
Mon 05-Mar-12 08:47 AM

Everybody has had their own good and bad shipping experiences, here's mine.

I recently ordered a 40"x60" print from Bay Photo mounted on gator board. Their shipping method was UPS ground. It had tissue paper wrapped over the face and around the sides with masking tape holding it to the back. It was then sleeved from each end with large plastic bags, taped where they joined. Then it was sandwiched between two pieces of corrugated cardboard slightly larger than the print, taped together at intervals with packaging tape. Finally, it was place in a large "envelope" of corrugated cardboard folded over the back by 6 inches or so with a smaller piece forming the back of the "envelope", the whole thing sealed with packaging tape. It arrived in perfect condition. I imaging they do this all the time with no great losses.

In the past, I have had MPIX ship large prints (up to 24x36), flat in a box with the print essentially protected by the same method as Bay Photo. All have arrived undamaged, whether shipped by FedEx, UPS or USPS.

I think the trick is to have the first layer of cardboard about 2" larger in each side than the mounted print, and to size the "box" or "envelope" so that the inner cardboard has no room to slide around. You can tape the plastic sleeve over the print to the first layer of cardboard, or use plastic wrap (like Glad Wrap) to hold it in place. Just be sure to have protective paper of some sort over the face of the print.

Nice gesture sending a mounted print for their hospitality.

Mick
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