How to Ship Oil Paintings/Prints/Posters/Paintings
July 19, 2023
With the ease of selling articles online, today, you may be wondering how to ship:
• Oil paintings
You can find companies that will do the entire job for you, from pick-up to delivery. But the cost can be extremely high and once you have added this to the shipping and handling costs of your items. Either your profits will be gone or the cost of the items will be so high that customers will take their business elsewhere. With a little ingenuity, you can safely ship all of your packages cheaply and safely.
Start With the Right Shipping Company
There are shipping companies just waiting to work with you. First, contact the companies either by phone or in person.
If you can’t get in touch with a “real” person in the first few tries, go elsewhere. If they really care about your business they will have a representative on hand to work with you. If the company is so big they can’t be bothered to provide a real person to answer your questions, take your business elsewhere.
Have a List of Questions Ready to Ask:
• The price of shipping per pound/ounce?
• The cost of insurance per $25 increments in value?
• Extra costs for fragile products?
• Extra costs for exact or estimated delivery dates guaranteed?
• Pick-up of packages offered?
• Discounts on bulk or large orders?
• Any special offers or limits that you need to be aware of?
• Does the company offer references?
Once you have the answers, you will find it is quite easy to make an informed decision.
Have the Right Packaging Materials on Hand
You can provide them with packaging material recycling and help both businesses save money and resources. Look for the following items in large and small quantities:
• Bubble-wrap in all sizes — you can never have too much of this shipping staple
• Boxes – with lids for shipping delicate or expensive items
• Boxes – with flaps that can be closed-up and taped
• Boxes – that can be cut-down or even turned inside-out and custom folded to unusual sizes.
• Packaging tape, packaging tape and more packaging tape — This is another item you can never have too much of.
• Styrofoam peanuts
Packaging Fragile Items
Package it more than once. Start with finding a suitable container that is roughly twice the size as the article.
Wrap the item in soft material such as cloth, paper or bubble-wrap. Carefully place it in the box or container with more paper or Styrofoam gently placed around the item. For large items or unusual sizes, this is when using broken-down boxes to create a new size comes in handy.
Tape this first container shut. Wrap it thoroughly in bubble-wrap that is at least one inch thick for small items and up to 3 inches thick for larger items. Tape this securely together. Now place the wrapped container in a new container. Add enough Styrofoam peanuts to cushion it on all six sides, close the second container and give it one more wrap of bubble-wrap.
If the package is going a long distance or overseas, actually place it in a third container labeled for shipping. If done correctly, the package may seem large, but not heavy enough to send shipping costs over-budget.
Wooden crates are the main reason that shipping costs can be astronomical. But they’re often totally unnecessary. If you follow these directions, you can easily learn how to ship in a manner that is safe and economical.