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Shipping a matted, mounted 13x19 inch print?

fdi

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

fdi Gold Member Nikonian since 14th Feb 2010
Sun 11-Mar-12 06:43 PM

My company ships a lot of mats and frames. In general, the shipping companies optimized for your typical rectangular moving boxes and not flat items. Also, most packing companies most stock your typical rectangular boxes. The item you ship is going to get stuffed into trucks, conveyors, and slides with other boxes.

Approximately 3% of everything that gets shipped gets damaged. In some cases, your package will just get off the chart abuse and may be damaged even if you put in a wooden crate. On the other hand, just putting a mat between two pieces of cardboard is asking for it to get bent by some larger heavier box it comes into contact with. Since you cant get the damage rate to zero, the key is to get the damage rate down to a reasonable level. If you are selling a $1200 dollar framed print it will be worthwhile to use a hard case with custom foam. If you are shipping something worth only $20 then of course it does not make sense to pay over $20 for the packing material since it will be more cost effective to just reship it if it gets damaged.

In general, I would make sure it is not real easy to bend the matted print. I would either sandwich it between something like 1" still foam or put it in a box. As others have mentioned, there are various material at your local hardware store that can provide more protection than cardboard sheets. Most of the packing supply companies offer 2 or 4 piece mirror boxes that built to a variety of different sizes. Uline is the only company I know of that actually has a good selection of large flat single piece boxes. Most single piece boxes cost less and take less labor than 2 or 4 piece boxes. If you can get a box for under $3 that just takes a few seconds to put together it may be less total parts and labor cost than something like insulating foam.

Also keep in mind that if you the final package you create is over 3 cubic feet you will be charged what is called dim weight for shipping if it is higher than the actual weight. We often ship boxes that only actually weigh 5 lbs but we have to pay to ship 15 lbs due to dim weight.

Cheers, Mark
Frame Destination, Inc.
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