shipping LPs

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  1. Sathyan

    Sathyan Second Unit

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    I've got about 25 lbs. of 12" records I need to ship a couple states away (I'm in the US). If it takes 2 weeks to arrive that's fine. What's the most economical way to do this? How should I package the LPs? My big concern is that the delivery/mail-person will drop & break these.

    any ideas are appreciated
    Sathyan
     
  2. Henry Gale

    Henry Gale Producer

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    You'll get lots of help on this Sathyan, between our LPs and LDs.....a lot of us have shipped and received 12" discs!
    I'd think about breaking (there must be a better word) this shipment into at least two different cartons.
    Depending on the condition and value of these records you might also seriously consider removing the discs from the covers. Just about the most common damage to covers is the knife effect of the inertia of discs inside album covers while they're being handled and/or thrown around by shippers.
    Other than that, double cartons and lots of packing peanuts.
    Good luck!

    Jim


    Sorry, just noticed you asked about economy. I'd say media rate with my United States Postal Service.
     
  3. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    An alternate to removing the discs is to leave them in their jackets and binding the stack. I often do this when packing many LDs. What I do is cut a couple pieces of cardboard - the heavier variety if you have it - the same size, or maybe a bit bigger, than the LD. This is to protect the LD jackets. I place these at the top and bottom of the stack, wrap newspaper around the whole thing, and then bind it with tape around the center both ways, making certain to place a small amount of pressure on the stack when taping around the edges. This presses the discs together so that they can't move and do that knife thing Jim described.

    With an adequately sized box (I find 14" x 14" to be ideal, but you can get away with smaller) and some peanuts, they'll be ok. Many stores like Office Max and Mail Boxes should have big enough boxes. Place peanuts on the top and bottom and sides and you're there.
     
  4. Seth_S

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    I would want a tracking number - this is one shipment you don't want to take a chance of getting lost in the mail. I'd say get the cheapest service either FedEx or UPS offers.
     
  5. James Edward

    James Edward Supporting Actor

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    Do you need to do this right away? I would consider the weather as a factor also. Records are much more fragile in the coldest weather, as would be the glue on the album jackets. You just never know if they'll be on a loading dock or truck in very cold weather for a long period of time.

    Just something else to be concerned about...
     
  6. Richard Gilmore

    Richard Gilmore Stunt Coordinator

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    Put some of those huge air bubble (the ones with bubbles the size of your hand) jackets around the bound stack.
     

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