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    Posting a $2000 parcel with low risk.

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    Im looking at sending one of my camera lenses to an out-of-state purchaser, weighs <3Kg when packaged and needs to be insured for $2000.

    Does anyone have any suggestions with an alternative to Registered Post + specific insurance (comes to about $45) as Im not a big fan of the way AustraliaPost treat fragile items, and 1.6Kg of glass in a metal tube is pretty fragile.

    thanks in advance,

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    Re: Posting a $2000 parcel with low risk.

    Quote Originally Posted by 527F7E756F726F621B0 link=1250052209/0#0 date=1250052209
    Im looking at sending one of my camera lenses to an out-of-state purchaser, weighs <3Kg when packaged and needs to be insured for $2000.

    Does anyone have any suggestions with an alternative to Registered Post + specific insurance (comes to about $45) as Im not a big fan of the way AustraliaPost treat fragile items, and 1.6Kg of glass in a metal tube is pretty fragile.

    thanks in advance,

    J
    Find some one who is doing the same trip and get them to take in person..

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    Re: Posting a $2000 parcel with low risk.


    John, Ive used AU Post to send crystal illy cups to both QLD and VIC - no problem. I just used a much, much bigger box and surrounded the cups with plenty of starch beans. They arrived safe and sound and doubt any damage could have occurred unless run over by a forklift.


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    Re: Posting a $2000 parcel with low risk.

    Yep,

    As Den says, its all in the packaging. Ive sent all manner of things around the country and overseas over the years (including some very expensive camera equipment too), and always package it with the expectation that someone, somewhere is going to use it as a football; put it on the bottom of a stack of farm equipment, etc, etc...

    Always arrived unharmed even if the external condition of the packaging looked as though it had been dragged out from under a stampede of horses. Double boxing is the way to go with heavy-duty shock absorbing material between the boxes and in with the item being sent. That form-shaping foam is great stuff if you dont have plenty of suitable material... Just have to remember to ensure that you line the surfaces you dont want stuck together, with plastic.

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    Re: Posting a $2000 parcel with low risk.

    When I was an Aussie Post counter person my favourite question to check for adequate packing was "if I were to drop this --- from shoulder height on to a concrete floor would it break with the packaging you have around it?" if the answer was no, Id advise what extra was needed. I never had a customer come back to me and say "that got broken", did have a few that didnt follow my advice and were sorry.

    For camera equipment, pack in whatever carry case you would normally use, then in a bigger box stuffed as tight as you can with foam, beads, bubble wrap etc, then in a bigger box with as much packing as you can stuff in between layers so that there is absoultley no movement anywhere and you cant depress the outer box onto the inner one.

    Aussie Post should not take your parcel or the money for insurance if they think you havent packed the item well enough to survive the trip, they want your money, and dont want to pay out on the insurance.

    Good luck, but if you pack well enough you wont need it :)

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    Re: Posting a $2000 parcel with low risk.

    I agree with Coffee Mum
    For better protection you can also slide it into a tube. Its tough and rugged and then place it inside another box & packed tight

    This is called double boxing
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    Re: Posting a $2000 parcel with low risk.

    Thanks everyone - was going to double-box it as standard and take out insurance, so with the assurance that AustraliaPost are actually "okay verging on good" Ill do it the traditional way.



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