Packaging & Shipping for Dummies:
As you know, shipping can get very expensive...so it's very important to ship using the smallest box possible in order to reduce costs. This becomes even more important when dealing with international posts, which I will be doing (UK). I searched, in my spare time, several days for a box that would accommodate the irregular shape of the door panels with no luck. So, I found an answer...I would create my own box by utilizing a pre-existing one. It's very simple...just grab yourself some packing tape (SPECIFICALLY)
and a box/utility knife and I'll show you how.
I found a box that had the perfect length but was too tall and wide. Although, it fit in exactly 1 half of the box:
Cut top and bottom flaps to desired width:
Cut left flap in half, vertically:
Discard unused portion of the box and you're left with this:
Top and bottom flaps will be affixed first:
Longer flaps will be affixed last...and don't forget to create the right side of the box with excess cardboard:
Wrap panels...I chose newspaper:
Finish taping and you've got yourself a BOX
Tape it VERY WELL because it's traveling a LONG distance!
Would you look at that...A "Build Your Own Box for Shipping" DIY! Haha
These rates originate from the Seattle Airport (SEA) in Washington State.
Dimensions: 22in. X 12in. X 3in.
Weight: 4 lbs.
USPS First-Class Mail
(5-7 days): $37.93 <--Paid
- If I would've gotten the sum of the box dimensions below "36", I would've only paid $27.93. Instead, the sum of my box dimensions (22+12+3) equaled 37...so she charged me extra like a B**CH! The good part is that I'm automatically covered with $75 worth of insurance
If my box was smaller, I was told that I wouldn't be able to purchase insurance...
: $123 H*LL NO!!!
: I didn't even want to know based off Fedex's charges. If I were to guess, though, it would be somewhere between USPS and Fedex.
You will be asked to fill out a US Customs form...Your name, description of contents, and signature...piece of cake