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What Is The Easiest And Cheapest Way To Ship Blow Molds

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I have a family member that wants one of my blow molds and I have never shipped anything like this before. It is a 31 or 32" Santa. Not sure what the best way to ship would be and I certainly have no idea how much it costs. I don't think I have a box big enough. Any help would be appreciated because I would like to ship it soon so she has it before Christmas. UPS, USPS, or FedEX??

Thanks!

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I have found the best cost wise is USPS Parcel post but it can take up to 2 weeks. regular postage would be your next best and it would be faster,but there busy right now. if you can pick up a couple boxes at Walmart big enough for your mold and insure that you cut the boxes so that you don't leave room in them for the mold to move that's the best way to protect the mold and save on shipping. in some caes you could use to smaller boxes and tape them together.

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Awesome, thanks so much for the tips! I actually discard a lot of large cardboard boxes and I was thinking I could cut those boxes to fit the size mold I am shipping. I sell cedar swing sets and the boxes are usually about 7 ft long by 2 1/2 ft wide. I'm thinking with a little cutting and some tape I should be good to go. The next step is figuring out who to ship through

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I've had the best luck shipping USPS Parcel Post. The key to keeping the cost down is size. The length of your box (that's the longest dimension) plus the girth (that's the measurement around the box in the other direction) MUST stay below 108 inches to avoid the oversize boxing charge (which is about $67). So, if your Santa needs a box 32 inches tall x 16 wide by 16 deep, your length plus girth will be 32 + 16 + 16 + 16 + 16 = 96 inches. The cost to ship USPS Parcel Post should be somewhere between $15 and $20, depending on where you're shipping - east cost to west coast will cost twice as much. Just go to www.usps.com, enter your size and weight information, and it will calculate your shipping.

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Thanks Elaine for the info on the sizes. I figured that the size would determine price, but I didn't know anything more specific. I will definitely keep it under 108 inches! $67 :o Ouch! Thanks for the help. I wouldn't have known how they calculate the total inches of package. Appreciate it.

I have heard people say something about bubble wrap... Is it possible to ship them wrapped in plastic bubble wrap without a box????

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I have heard people say something about bubble wrap... Is it possible to ship them wrapped in plastic bubble wrap without a box????

Yes it is. I've had a couple molds come in without being boxed, they were bubble wrapped and then placed in a black trashbag. The molds usually come out fine on the other end. There's more risk than using a box, but it's not a bad method at all.

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Yes it is. I've had a couple molds come in without being boxed, they were bubble wrapped and then placed in a black trashbag. The molds usually come out fine on the other end. There's more risk than using a box, but it's not a bad method at all.

Thanks Tyler. I wonder which method would be cheaper shipping wise?? Boxed or bubble wrapped. I guess USPS just puts a sticker on the garbage bag?

Thanks

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Thanks Tyler. I wonder which method would be cheaper shipping wise?? Boxed or bubble wrapped. I guess USPS just puts a sticker on the garbage bag?

Thanks

Yes they do. I've had many molds shipped in bubblewrap placed in a black bag. No issues at all with the mold and they just stick a sticker on the bag.

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ughhhhhh I just shipped out a winnie the pooh, bubble wrapped...it's my second bubble wrapped item and he arrived totally smashed in the face, large crack in his hat and smaller cracker on the bottom.

Someone truly threw him against a wall or something, lost money on him and someone received a sad broken blow mold :( :( lesson learned...when i think its not enough bubble wrap...it probably isn't.

I'd much rather ship in a box as I have had no problems there, but some items are just too wide or tall

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I shipped a winnie in a box.. no problems. I just couldnt ship a mold in bubble wrap. even with enough insurance to cover it all I just cant see taking a chance destroying one just to save a few dollars.

Jim

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I've received many blowmolds only wrapped in bubble wrap, and only recently received one that was damaged. My new Snoopy had a rather large dent in his nose, though I've heard that's a common problem, even with ones on store shelves.

I always ship in a box with lots of bubble wrap and styrofoam peanuts. I think the only time I would consider not using a box is when it runs into the oversize charge, over 108 inches length plus girth. With tall pieces, like life-sized wisemen, you cannot stay under the 108 inches in a box, it's just not possible. Just using bubble wrap can help in this situation, because girth means measurement around the wisemen at his widest part. Girth around the same section of a box will be a bit bigger, since you have to go around the corners.

Also, Sucker Punch, another number to keep in mind is 84. If your length plus girth goes over 84 inches, you automatically get bumped up to the 20 pound rate. How much difference does that make? Well, I just shipped a reindeer that I couldn't get the box any smaller than 35 x 14 x 11. Length plus girth is 85 inches. It cost $20.16 to ship Parcel Post. If I had been able to squeeze 2 inches off the girth, it would have gone for $12.45. (I really tried, but I didn't want to damage the blow mold!)

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I only use bubble wrap for shipping my blow molds. I have never had a problem this way and it also takes away the extra size for the box. I can ship a 46" whispering Santa from PA to California for 25.50 in bubble wrap. I highly recommend it.

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Sad thing is, USPS does not insure if not in a box...i'm thinking i'll use bubble wrap sparingly.

Pfeffie87, I agree to disagree! Let me clarify that USPS does insure without a box. My Taz was shipped this month to me from Illinois with large bubble wrap and was sent by Insured, Priority Mail. I have never ever had any damage to a blow mold that is shipped in bubble wrap. But I have had damage to blow molds that are shipped in boxes and they were insured as well. I highly recommend large bubble wrap when shipping blow molds.

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I have heard people say something about bubble wrap... Is it possible to ship them wrapped in plastic bubble wrap without a box????

DON'T DO IT! DON'T DO IT! DON'T DO IT! I have received two blowmolds shipped without a box and both were damaged! It's NOT worth it! Someone claimed that you can insure a blowmold that is shipped without a box. They may very well take your money and put the insurance sticker on the package. But, if it is damaged you have to take it in WITH the original packing to be inspected in order to get your money back. When they see that it was not shipped in a proper box they aren't going to pay! Insurance is a rip off anyway. If you insure a $20 item and it is lost or damaged, I guarantee you will spend a lot more than $20 worth of your time trying to collect the money! First of all both the sender and the receiver have to sign a form so that means a lot of mailing forms back and forth. Then you have to make a trip to the post office. You MUST have the official receipt. (This means either the recipient has to send the item back to the sender or the sender has to mail the receipt to the recipient.) Next you have to wait 30 days for them to "look for" the lost item. (They will NOT find it.) Eventually (60-90 days or more later) you might get your money back. The best thing you can do is to make sure you PRINT the address (by print I mean on a printer not hand written) IN the USPS preferred format (ALL CAPS, NO punctuation, proper USPS 2 letter state abbreviation, etc.) INCLUDING the zip + 4! The zip + 4 identifies a specific location such as your house. Even if the entire label is destroyed and only the zip + 4 is left they can still get the item to you. Zip + 4 is very important and will substantially reduce the chance of the item getting lost.

A properly formatted address looks like this:

JOE MOLDER

1234 CHRISTMAS LN

TINSEL CITY AR 72277-1234

Sorry--I didn't mean to get on the ol' soap box there. Another option for shipping a large 'mold is by Greyhound bus. I am not up on the current rates but in the past they have been cheaper for large items.

TED

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Over half of the molds I have purchased lately have came in bubble wrap and a bag. I have also shipped many this way, I have yet to have a problem. And the cost is significantly lower. I even had a seller send me 3 giant snowmen in nothing but clear shrink wrap, her idea was if people could see what was in there they would be ok, they were, however 3 snowmen sitting on my porch all day in July looked pretty bad. LOL It all depends on the mold really, a fragile old Beco or Poloron I would never, but most Union GF Empire and TPI They can take it! But it is true the Post Office WILL NOT insure in the bag method so be sure what your getting/selling can take it!

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I used to think UPS was cheaper then USPS. I shipped a box today that would of been $47.00 UPS but was only $22.00 USPS.

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Over half of the molds I have purchased lately have came in bubble wrap and a bag. I have also shipped many this way, I have yet to have a problem. And the cost is significantly lower. I even had a seller send me 3 giant snowmen in nothing but clear shrink wrap, her idea was if people could see what was in there they would be ok, they were, however 3 snowmen sitting on my porch all day in July looked pretty bad. LOL It all depends on the mold really, a fragile old Beco or Poloron I would never, but most Union GF Empire and TPI They can take it! But it is true the Post Office WILL NOT insure in the bag method so be sure what your getting/selling can take it!

I received a Santa yesterday in clear shrinkwrap only, also. He was not damaged, but you could clearly see what it is was far away, which is a little worrisome. Bu then again, it's just as risky as having a blow mold display with them all outside 24/7.

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