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Thought I would share my experience when it comes to packing and shipping items.

Shipping Calculators (make sure to include box dimensions and insurance for a more accurate quote)

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General Shipping Tips & Facts

-Always insure packages to equal or above there value.
-When shipping via UPS all items are automatically cover up to $100 free of charge.
-Consider using USPS flat rate boxes/envelopes to save on shipping cost.
-Print shipping labels online and save money.
-If you print a shipping label, you can request a pickup or drop them to your local USPS, UPS, or FedEx store.
-When shipping to HI consider using USPS over UPS or FedEx.

Proper Packing Techniques

-Try using pool noodles, they are cheap ($1.00-$1.50 each) and affective. You can pick them up at your local dollar store, big lots, or discount store.
-On heavy packages, tape the factor glue seam on boxes to prevent "blowouts".
-Avoid shipping subs in baffle style crate (were the sub is mounted to a board and suspended). This is a bad idea because the motor is not supported and the basket can break. Also the screws are known to come loose and put tears in the surrounding.
-When shipping motor always tape the gap and never use packing peanuts. The peanuts can get smashed into the gap, then you got all sorts of problems.
-Do not skimp on packing to save money, include the cost of packing materials in the shipping cost.
-Try double boxing to insure the contents safety.
-Never ship items in there factory "cosmetic" boxes.

Shipping Damage & Claims

-Do not expect to win your claim if you package is under packed.
-Don’t expect them to approve your claim, it might take some fighting on your part to win your claim but don’t give up.
-Usually after your claim is approved the shipping company will offer you the damage item or don’t be afraid to ask for it back (if you desire).
-Motors that are damaged in shipping, such as shifted top or bottom plates can be repaired. Contact Scott @ Fi Car Audio, he can usually reset and re-glue them for a fee.
-Don’t expect a claim to be approved overnight, it can take weeks and even months to get your claim approved. That is why it is important to properly pack your item in the first place, to avoid damage.

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Pool noodles, doesn’t hurt to have a stock of them if you frequently shipping packages.


No need to purchase the expensive ones, you are just going to cut them up anyways.


LA X2 3HP Motor and Packing Supplies


Gap Taped Off (Quick Release Painters Tape Works Best)


Bottom Packing


Motor Supported



Top Packing


Box One Done


Bottom Packing (Outer Box)


Filled Around Inner Box


Top


Ready To Go!


Soundstream XXX-15 Motor


Gap Tapped Off


Bottom Packing



Supporting the Motor



Top Packing




Ready To Ship


Bottom Packing


RE XXX Motor Supported



Top Packing



Packing Some 8L7's






Adding Some Packing To Factor Box


Bottom


Box Supported



Top


10" TSS Ready To Ship


Why Not To Ship Subs In Crates





Shifted Top Plate? Dont Scrap, It Fix It (Scott @ Fi Car Audio can fix damaged motors)



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Need some more pics of big woofers.

More woofers are shipped around here than motors. But, very well done overall.
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Thanks, figured it would help cut down on the amount of broken merchandise during shipping.
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Need some more pics of big woofers.

More woofers are shipped around here than motors. But, very well done overall.
Same technique applies for motors as subs. Ill try and dig up pictures of some subs i have sent.

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very great tutorial very nice great pics also. That poor Fi sub though
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very great tutorial very nice great pics also. That poor Fi sub though
Thanks and actualy its a RE XXX with Fi soft parts.
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Very nice writeup, I stickied it already but I'm going to leave it here so everyone can see it (Some people don't check out the tutorial section )

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