The safest way to pack a radio is to double box.
That is a box within a box, with padding between the two boxes. That
provides maximum impact and vibration security for your radio. It also
means you do not have to be an Olympic packing wizard in order to pack
your radio. It does mean that you will pay a little more in weight and
size charges for the oversized box. BUT, that extra money is better
spent on double boxing than paying for insurance.
If you use one of the two services above to pack, the insurance is
not much because they pack to a standard.
One extra caution. Any radio that has glass tubes (or even metal
tubes), is subject to problems when the carrier uses your package for
drop kicks. (Just kidding). The tubes can come loose and bounce around
inside the radio, or worse, break. We recommend that you take the
extra step of pulling all of the tubes, wrapping them in bubble wrap,
and taping them securely inside the radio. That way, we will not
receive a bunch of glass on our end. There are other ways of
"stuffing" the radio enclosure with bubble wrap and/or newspaper, but
that would be difficult to explain here.
PEANUTS or POPCORN
We prefer you do not utilize those popcorn or peanuts that are used
to fill a box when shipping. Not only are they a pain to "restrain"
when un-packing, but they tend to get into the radios components. That
can take a lot of time to remove, and in some cases, have actually
caused the radio to fail.
Do not send the knobs. They are
easily lost when unpacking.
Your speaker is an integral part of your
radio. After all, without a speaker - why have a radio. Well, this
also applies to repairing a radio. To adequately test a radio and the
work we have performed on it, we need to HEAR the result. In the past
I have grudgingly said "ok" to someone that wants to send me a radio
without the attached speaker. (It does make it easier to de-install,
pack, and ship in some cases.). But I have had a large number of cases
where the speaker also included some other element ( such as a
transformer, or the speaker is electrodynamic, i.e. powered by the
radio power supply instead of a permanent magnet) and made testing
So, unless your radio was specifically made
for a detachable external speaker, such as some models of
Hallicrafters, Hammarlund, etc., I must request that any radio shipped
to me for repair also include the companion speaker.
As the saying goes - "Sometimes you have to
learn the hard way". I had for many months used an independent
packer/shipper for returning radios and tried to keep costs down. All
went well until they hired the teenager from hell. Needless to say,
several of my customers got cracked and broken radios that caused a
lot of misery for my customers and me. Well, I now use UPS store
because they are professionally trained and run. They also cost quite
a bit more. A large 45lb radio packed and shipped via UPS ground costs about
$85.00 - $115.00. That is not chicken feed, BUT You and I do not have to worry
about a bucket of bolts being delivered to you. Most smaller radios
(table) come in around $16.00 - $30.00. I am in the business of fixing radios
not shipping, so I have to rely on the UPS store. Also see
Radios with repair bills in excess of $500.00
will be insured for $300.00 and shipped within 2 business days of
receipt of payment.
Radios with repair bills less than $500.00
will be insured for $100.00 and shipped the Saturday following receipt
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