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Title: shipping a kite
Post by: ray3619 on May 10, 2012, 09:49 AM
whats a good way to package a kite to ship accross the country , thanks ray


Title: Re: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: coop on May 10, 2012, 09:53 AM
The post office has some great boxes, or shipping tubes from office depot.


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: Doc Z on May 10, 2012, 10:13 AM
Also, if your local Post Office does not have the triangular tube shipping boxes, you can order them right from the USPS website for free (Priority/Express Mail Tube Medium - 37 11/16" x 6 1/8" x 5 1/16").  If you need longer, you can cut/tape two together...but it might cost more to ship. 


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: PUZZLE on May 10, 2012, 10:29 AM
+1 on the triangle boxes from post office


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: tpatter on May 10, 2012, 11:12 AM
If I happen to have one around, I like to ship kites in those white cardboard tubes.  They are as cheap to ship as the toblerobe triangle boxes, but are also nearly indestructable.

The downside is that they cost about $8 if you don't happen to have one.


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: Smeagol on May 10, 2012, 11:13 AM
+1 Tom...

If you want something more robust, I prefer the shipping tubes.  Most kites will break down to fit into the 37x3" tubes.  I typically use these for international or higher value kites.  Not to say the USPS triangle boxes are bad, but I've heard stories of them being crushed/folded/etc. which is much harder to do with the shipping tube.  I'm probably just paranoid though. :D

http://www.officemax.com/office-supplies/shipping-mailing-supplies/mailers-tubes/ (http://www.officemax.com/office-supplies/shipping-mailing-supplies/mailers-tubes/)
http://www.officedepot.com/a/browse/mailing-tubes/N=5+530025/ (http://www.officedepot.com/a/browse/mailing-tubes/N=5+530025/)

Typically average around $3-4, less if you buy in bulk. ;)  I'm pretty sure I've picked them up before in a 2-pack for $8 or so at OfficeMax or one of those places.

If you need something larger I've also found 48x4" tubes @ FedEx Kinko's stores, those are good for larger kites or shipping multiple kites.

-Mike


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: Doc Z on May 10, 2012, 12:46 PM
Yeah, if given the choice, I'd go with the tubes as well.  Definitely sturdier.

Make sure you tape up the ends well, though.  I shipped a kite a few months ago and the frackin' USPS delivered an empty tube to the dude.  I was in a rush to get it shipped out before work and figured it would be alright without taping it.  Wound up eating the cost of the kite + shipping.  You can't spell 'pissed' without 'tape it up well before you ship the stupid kite'.


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: HiFly on May 10, 2012, 01:00 PM
I'd go with the tubes as well.  Definitely sturdier.
the cheapest ones (zero euro ;)) I get at the carpet store.
these "core-tubes" are really sturdy, you can stand on them.


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: thief on May 10, 2012, 01:32 PM
I ship 95% in triangular tubes....i have had a couple crushed flat, but the kite inside was not harmed, and those were international flights.
Priority mail is my choice......



Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: Smeagol on May 10, 2012, 02:59 PM
Ah man, that sucks about the empty tube being delivered.  I always staple those plastic end caps on just for this reason.  I've even seen taped on ones that looked as though they were about to come off.

-Mike

Yeah, if given the choice, I'd go with the tubes as well.  Definitely sturdier.

Make sure you tape up the ends well, though.  I shipped a kite a few months ago and the frackin' USPS delivered an empty tube to the dude.  I was in a rush to get it shipped out before work and figured it would be alright without taping it.  Wound up eating the cost of the kite + shipping.  You can't spell 'pissed' without 'tape it up well before you ship the stupid kite'.


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: Allen Carter on May 10, 2012, 03:07 PM
One of the things I like about the triangular tubes is the ends. Nothing to come off. For especially fragile cargo I put a round tube inside a triangle tube. Bullet proof. Ive seen triangle tubes crushed and torn, but there is a lot of extra space in there with just one kite. Unlike a more tight fitting round tube which will transfer torque or pressure more readily to the kite.  I'd say the best single kite shipping method is in a triangle tube with crumpled newspaper packed loosly around the kite. If it's not a particulalrly fragile kite, I just fill the ends of the tube with padding.

Re-using triangle tubes is where the problems begin.


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: ray3619 on May 10, 2012, 04:52 PM
okey im real impressed  at all the good info , thanks everybody , the thing i learned today is ups charges an extra 12.00 to ship a round tube, fed ex doesnt , ray


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: Smeagol on May 10, 2012, 04:56 PM
USPS is by far the best when it comes to shipping rates.  They're also faster assuming you ship Priority.

-Mike


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: kiteking on May 10, 2012, 06:09 PM
I've received many a kite in the Tri-angle box... In Tucson my mailman always be curious what new kite I was getting...never had a problem

I have some round tubes also, in fact, I have a large tube (4") that I've traveled with for maybe 20years

it has my name and address on it so if I ever got hassled boarding a plane (never happened) it would survive baggage

nice thing about the USPS tri-box is they are free, and you can slide one over another to make a telescopically larger box... but I believe another thread mentioned that the post office may charge additional


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: Doc Z on May 11, 2012, 08:01 AM
Yup, the price kick into another rate scale if you go over a certain dimension with the telescoping triangle tube method.  I want to say it's something like 80 inches total (LxWxH).  Could be wrong on the number...I should know by now, but I just try to make them all as small as possible.  Sucks when the LEs don't break down.


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: thief on May 11, 2012, 08:24 AM
There is a balloon surcharge if you go over 106 total inches (Length + width + height)....that sucks...

I find that if I am shipping a triangular box and i mark it as such in the usps website then the costs are also lowered sometimes due to the volume being lower than a normal rectangular box....

UPS uses that to their advantage to charge more by volume instead of pure weight....


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: Doc Z on May 11, 2012, 08:58 AM
God, I can't believe I have this much to say about shipping things at the USPS...

Also - since the triangle tube box is a right isosceles triangle, two of the sides are shorter.  If the Postal worker doing the measuring is amenable, you can suggest he use the shorter sides in his measurements rather than the long one.  This has gotten me slightly under the limit a few times, believe it or not.


Title: Re: shipping a kite
Post by: goestoeleven on May 11, 2012, 11:01 AM
I'll add my two cents - IMHO - USPS Priority Mail is the best way to ship kites in the USA, whether shipping in the free triangle "tube" boxes or poster tubes.  I've found that the local post offices no longer carry the priority mail triangle boxes, but as someone mentioned, you can order them online for free, and they'll show up at your house about a week later.  Shipping USPS Priority Mail is pretty fast, and it's pretty cheap - the last kite I shipped cost less than $12, including insurance up to $200.  It also gets you a tracking number (which you can send to your buyer) and delivery confirmation.  Priority Mail is only a buck or two over the package shipping rates, and I think it's worth it because you can let your buyer know that it's on the way, and you'll know it's delivered. 

Plus . . . when I'm the buyer, it means I can constantly check the shipping status over and over again hoping my (new to me) kite is about to arrive!!