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Old 06-10-10, 01:16 AM
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Best way to pack and ship a saddle?

I was just going to stuff the box with a bunch of balled up newspaper, but is there a better way? It's a Brooks saddle in nice condition and I want it to stay that way long enough to get to the buyer, but I don't have a lot of experience selling stuff online. Any extra precautions I should take before I send it off?
All these recent stories on here about ebay nightmares are making me a little nervous.
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Old 06-10-10, 01:37 AM
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Maybe a box inside of a box? This is how people ship large, expensive glass and quartz tubes. Fill all the voids with paper, though.
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I'd put the saddle in a plastic bag, pad a sturdy box with balled up newspaper, and stuff it in there. It's a saddle. You want to prevent it from getting scuffed, but it's not going to break if it's dropped. It wouldn't break if it was thrown at a brick wall.
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Old 06-10-10, 02:22 AM
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The last time I shipped a saddle, I just wrapped it in a bunch of stuff and packed it in in a USPS flat rate envelope with more packaging material. Then again, that was an SLR so not nearly as large as a Brooks.

Just a box. Encompass the saddle in newspaper.
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Wrap it in a soft cotton rag, put it in a plastic bag, then fill the rest of the box with crumpled newspaper. FWIW the Priority Mail standard rate boxes work great for shipping pieces and parts.

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Alirght, I'll bag it up inside the box too. Thanks
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In lieu of a bag, wrapping it in Saran Wrap works well too. You just want to isolate it from newsprint as ink will rub on the leather. Bad thing.

Wrap in Saran Wrap (or a bag), fill the bottom of the box 1/3 full of crumpled paper, put the saddle in, continue to fill the box. Be sure the saddle is centered in the box. Use just enough paper so that you have to put a TAD of pressure on the box flaps to seal it. That will ensure nothing moves around inside.
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Perhaps an empty Brooks box?

You might find one behind your LBS or make one up thats sturdy enough to prevent the saddle from being crushed. Use zip ties and a stiff cardboard base to isolate it in place.
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I just got a saddle shipped in two of those USPS flat rate bags, one inside the other. Worked fine. It wasn't leather though. I was just moving a large storm window and my Brooks got in the way so rather than break the window I threw the Brooks across the room. I suppose I should figure out where it went.
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The last saddle I bought came in a padded envelope. The envelope got ripped open in transit and it still arrived okay with no damage. It's a hunk of leather, not a crystal vase. I say just wad paper around it and stick it in a box.
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Yeah...just thick leather with steel frame. Newspaper is free. Not sure why newspaper ink is bad, unless you have a "white" saddle.
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Originally Posted by furballi View Post
Yeah...just thick leather with steel frame. Newspaper is free. Not sure why newspaper ink is bad, unless you have a "white" saddle.
..........Or you wear white shorts? :-)
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Brooks saddles are extremely fragile, so you'll need to pack it well. Get 2 boxes, one at least 24" by 24" by 18", the other a little smaller. Wrap the saddle in bubble wrap, tape it well, and then place it in the smaller box surrounded by styrofoam peanuts. Tape that box and put it in the larger box, also surrounded by peanuts or newspaper. Seal it well and then ship it by FedEx or USPS because they'll be a lot cheaper than UPS.
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1-Ziploc bag.
2-bubble wrap.
3-shoe box.
4-yardstick.
5-glue

Put the saddle in a ziplock bag.
Cut the yardstick into pieces and frame the corners with it.
Line the box with bubble wrap, and put the saddle in.
Tape it well, and send it off. It'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
1-Ziploc bag.
2-bubble wrap.
3-shoe box.
4-yardstick.
5-glue

Put the saddle in a ziplock bag.
Cut the yardstick into pieces and frame the corners with it.
Line the box with bubble wrap, and put the saddle in.
Tape it well, and send it off. It'll be fine.
What's the glue for?
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Originally Posted by ClydesterD View Post
Brooks saddles are extremely fragile, so you'll need to pack it well. Get 2 boxes, one at least 24" by 24" by 18", the other a little smaller. Wrap the saddle in bubble wrap, tape it well, and then place it in the smaller box surrounded by styrofoam peanuts. Tape that box and put it in the larger box, also surrounded by peanuts or newspaper. Seal it well and then ship it by FedEx or USPS because they'll be a lot cheaper than UPS.
FRAGILE??? Brooks saddles are anything but.
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