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Old 08-18-2016, 02:49 AM
 
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Is there a way to ship a large number of fragile items without spending a ton of money?
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:18 AM
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Is there a way to ship a large number of fragile items without spending a ton of money?
First... define what "ton of money" means to you.
And if that price includes damage insurance.

Unless those fragile items are ALSO very valuable (cash or sentiment)
you're probably better off shedding them along with the big stuff that isn't practical to move.

But if you insist! then carry these yourself.
Carefully loaded in your car for the slow drive to the new city.
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:14 AM
 
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depends on what they are, how big, and how many. If you're planning on shipping it, why not just pay the ~$10 to have them wrap it and then insure it? I know ups is $8 a box.
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:41 AM
 
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It depends on the nature of the item, the actual value of the item, your budget and the route.
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:25 AM
 
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Anytime you ship anything fragile, you take a chance no matter what.
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:13 PM
 
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Weight is the issue... and the sheer amount of fragile items that you want to move. You might consider mailing or Fed Ex... pack the fragile items up well with bubble wrap, styrofoam "peanuts", etc... then have someone you know hold onto it, and then mail it to your new location once you're there. If you have a lot of fragile stuff, though, mailing's an expensive option...

If you pack the fragile items for the movers to ship, make sure nothing is loose in the box. Make sure nothing can shift or get knocked around. Fill empty space with crumpled paper or bubble wrap. Pack everything in the box very tight so that the box is full. That reduces breakage and makes things a bit more break resistant. Write FRAGILE all over the box. If the move is insured, then you have some compensation if anything's damaged during the move. You take the risk of stuff breaking, though. If it's irreplaceable heirlooms or collectables, insurance compensation doesn't mean much.
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:27 AM
 
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Weight is the issue... and the sheer amount of fragile items that you want to move. You might consider mailing or Fed Ex... pack the fragile items up well with bubble wrap, styrofoam "peanuts", etc... then have someone you know hold onto it, and then mail it to your new location once you're there. If you have a lot of fragile stuff, though, mailing's an expensive option...

If you pack the fragile items for the movers to ship, make sure nothing is loose in the box. Make sure nothing can shift or get knocked around. Fill empty space with crumpled paper or bubble wrap. Pack everything in the box very tight so that the box is full. That reduces breakage and makes things a bit more break resistant. Write FRAGILE all over the box. If the move is insured, then you have some compensation if anything's damaged during the move. You take the risk of stuff breaking, though. If it's irreplaceable heirlooms or collectables, insurance compensation doesn't mean much.
When moving with a Professional Mover - There are no "Insurances" on these moves - Only an Extension of Liability. And with packing your own boxes - your packing ability usually isn't covered under this extension, unless if there is gross negligence shown.

You can purchase insurance for your move through your own insurance provider though

Being in the relocation industry for over 14 years, I can safely say that writing "FRAGILE" on all of your boxes - all over the place, it looses its meaning after the first few boxes.

If you're packing these boxes yourself, one safety measure you can take is to purchase "Tip and Tells" to stick on the sides of your boxes. With this, you'll be able to tell how aggressively these boxes were handled, and could use this as ammunition against whatever carrier you decide to proceed with in the event that the contents of the boxes are damaged - proving negligence.
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