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Hi All

Does anyone have any advice they can provide when it comes to shipping a secondhand turntable domestically?

I assume contracting a private courier would be the best option - are there any particular companies that do a good job when it comes to moving/packaging fragile goods like a turntable?

Thanks

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The company used is far less important than the packaging. Concentrate on that would be my advice

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Just now, Gryffles said:

The company used is far less important than the packaging. Concentrate on that would be my advice

Thanks Ben. As I don't have any experience in this area, would you mind advising what would be required to ensure safe shipping? If there is a company out there that specialises in the packaging itself that would be handy.

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Also a proper disassembly. You have to remove everything that is heavy (i.e. platter, counterweight, motor) and pack it individually. Cartridge also needs to get off and ideally, the arm as well. The less components you disassemble the more risk you have of something getting damaged.  If you need to ship stuff in separate boxes, do it. 

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1 hour ago, flat_eric said:

Thanks Ben. As I don't have any experience in this area, would you mind advising what would be required to ensure safe shipping? If there is a company out there that specialises in the packaging itself that would be handy.

No worries. Buy the packaging materials if they cant be scavenged. Some type of foam and and cut it to suit, heaps of bubble wrap. Double or preferably triple box with the outer box being large enough to leave a 20 or 30mm gap and stuff that gap with packaging chips. Reinforce the whole lot with packaging tape and especially all the corners and seams of the boxes.

 

As Decky said, everything should be dismantled and individually wrapped. Make sure you put the correct stickers on it ie fragile, top stow only and this way up

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I've received possibly half a dozen TT through Aussie Post.

The difference in success has been entirely down to the packing.

The closer to, or better than,  original boxing the better.

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11 minutes ago, Gryffles said:

No worries. Buy the packaging materials if they cant be scavenged. Some type of foam and and cut it to suit, heaps of bubble wrap. Double or preferably triple box with the outer box being large enough to leave a 20 or 30mm gap and stuff that gap with packaging chips. Reinforce the whole lot with packaging and especially all the corners and seams of the boxes.

 

As Decky said, everything should be dismantled and individually wrapped. Make sure you put the correct stickers on it ie fragile, top stow only and this way up

Just sent one from Hobart to Melbourne exactly like this. It took a while to disassemble and package it all.

Sent it via Australia Post.

Now I have to talk them through the reconstruction process.

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I've collected an amount of packing material (eg. large foam, rubber exercise mats) from roadside collections to use for packing tt's (for when I get around to selling them).  The packing material gets a good scrub with detergent/disinfectant and a good rinse before using.

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Thanks for the advice everyone! I assume most of these packing materials could be found at a Bunnings, Officeworks or National Storage shop? 

I'll pay a visit on the weekend.

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Forget about al these and see Visy Boxes and More - they have everything at the best prices.

Believe me, I am in shipping business.

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@flat_eric, this is a carton from WA that had a tube amp in it, clearly you can see it has been dropped, but, double boxed and well padded. The cardboard boxes from bunnings are very thin, third picture gives you an idea of good packaging, make sure the cardboard is thick, good luck.

Make sure you take photos of packaging at each stage and final product, reduces comeback

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No, amp was double boxed with bubble wrap completly around the inner box, as well as the amp completly wraped in bubble wrap in its original box which had 8mm thick cardboard, it would have to have been completly crushed to be damaged,

My wife bought a sewing machine from QLD, when the delivery guy pulled up, he opened the rear door of the van and i saw the box fall out onto the ground, he just picked it up and delivered it without saying anything , happens often i'd say

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