QUESTIONS ABOUT: Shipping a CRT

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QUESTIONS ABOUT: Shipping a CRT

Postby Ultrax » 2018-8-10 @ 05:31

Hi all!
I recently acquired a Compaq Presario 433 all-in-one off of eBay, but due to somewhat-poor packaging and UPS being UPS, it arrived with a non-repairable smashed CRT as well as a heavily damaged case - and is now rendered parts only. :angry:

I wasn't going to let this slide, so from another source, I have found a Presario 425, which is the same thing but with a 25 MHz i486.
Along with shipping it over USPS or even paying the premium for FedEx, what can be done to ensure it will get here in one piece and functioning? The way it's packed right now, it has about 3 inches of packing peanuts all the way around, a foam block that possible goes over the CRT screen down to the bottom of the box, and a small bit of foam padding (to be replaced with packing peanuts) over the top of the monitor which is all wrapped up in plastic.

I will ask the guy selling it if he can place this box in an even larger box, with 4-5 inches of packing peanuts all around the sides. But what can done to even further ensure that it will arrive in one piece? How much padding does it need on the bottom, top, and is there any other advice I can get?

Thanks in advance! :P
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Re: QUESTIONS ABOUT: Shipping a CRT

Postby Intel486dx33 » 2018-8-10 @ 06:38

Yes, Double box is best. One large box with 3" of Styrofoam or packing peanuts at bottom and all around, and then place the CRT in a smaller box with another 3" of packing peanuts all around.
wrap CRT in bubble wrap. Also double line the outer box with card board by cutting up a box and lining the inside of the outer box.

I have received many broken crt's in the past because the shipper did not pack correctly.
If you ask them they will most likely do it correctly.

The box needs to be able to with stand a drop from about 3 feet high.
Also label the box with FRAGILE , COMPUTER CRT , MONITOR, and THIS SIDE UP and DO NOT DROP.
which you can print out labels on a printer with white paper.

You can buy boxes and a big bag of packing peanuts for cheap at UPS store.
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Re: QUESTIONS ABOUT: Shipping a CRT

Postby CkRtech » 2018-8-10 @ 09:00

I shipped a CRT to myself (from the city where my parents live) and used FedEx. I told them to pack it fragile, and they used the packing pillows that conform to the shape around them. Arrived nice and snug. But yeah - It was expensive.

An alternative and recommended method is to crate it.
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Re: QUESTIONS ABOUT: Shipping a CRT

Postby henryVK » 2018-8-10 @ 09:54

It is also possible to "carve" a somewhat tight-fitting mold for a CRT, but you do need some of those styrofoam spacers that electronics gets shipped with. Double boxing is probably safest, but I'm assuming handling varies quite a bit from country to country (and company to company). I've had stuff arrive safe that was packaged pretty badly.
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Re: QUESTIONS ABOUT: Shipping a CRT

Postby Ultrax » 2018-8-11 @ 00:07

It is currently being shipped over UPS with this advice - according to the shipper, the inner box has 3 inches of peanuts all the way around, foam over the CRT and top of the computer (which is wrapped in plastic), and foam on the bottom of the inner box - which is inside of a bigger (outer) box with 4-5 inches of peanuts all around it, packed nice and snug. Thanks for the advice!!

Also, I'll do a review hopefully on this computer when it gets here.
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Re: QUESTIONS ABOUT: Shipping a CRT

Postby amadeus777999 » 2018-8-11 @ 11:54

I had 3 CRTs shipped and each one was broke. If there's a "fragile" on the package it could be even a guarantee that an employee "kicks" it extra-hard. I read this on a site of a CRT collector who worked at UPS and he was shocked how violently packages got manhandled. Therefor I picked up all "CRT-goods" myself but I do understand that this is not an option in this case.

So, I hope your system arrives in one piece.
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Re: QUESTIONS ABOUT: Shipping a CRT

Postby Errius » 2018-8-11 @ 11:56

Everybody writes FRAGILE on their packages. A box of footballs will have FRAGILE on it. It means nothing.
"This player wasted $25 real dollars on this terrible mount. This player is therefore likely to have wasted money buying their character online."
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Re: QUESTIONS ABOUT: Shipping a CRT

Postby Vipersan » 2018-8-11 @ 13:02

There are no hard and fast rules to CRT shipping ..but speaking as a TV engineer in his 60s ..
I can tell you hat the most fragile area of any CRT is the 'neck' ..and that the weight of the crt base board if it moves can snap the delicate neck ..
Idealy this should be pulled clear to prevent leverage ..then reattached when it arrives.
The actual screen glass is very strong indeed and can with stand reasonable impact ..
( often 2cm thick at least)
alway ship screen down imo ..so that the unit has a low centre of gravity ..
I know folk hate packing peanuts etc ...but removal of the outer case and 'packing' between the crt and monitor case can help ..
Never remove the scan coil yoke ..as this requires complex and often factory alignment after re-fitting.
Hope my advice was some help ..but really it is down to the courier.
..and always ship screen down ...with adequate screen padding.
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