FYI packing peanuts from UPS

Discussion in 'Packing & Shipping' started by Justgotohm, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Justgotohm

    Justgotohm AK Subscriber Subscriber

    This very large bag of peanuts is $40 at my local USP store, I would assume the same pricing all around. I ship international a good bit and this saves a ton of time. The little bags in the front of the store are $5 and this will fill 20 of them. I also wrap the shipments first with (cool....subjective!) Tshirts from goodwill at $1 a piece. Never any brand names just local stuff from colleges, sororities, fraternities, etc. Most people dig an obscure Tshirt especially from the other side of the planet and I think it's kinda fun.
  2. MaxxVolume

    MaxxVolume Super Member

    I would not ship anything valuable and weighing more than about 20 pounds using just peanuts. If dropped (more likely, "WHEN dropped"), it`s far too easy for a corner of say a receiver to punch right through those peanuts, and impact whatever hard surface it comes in contact with....(the T-Shirts are a great idea ! :) )
  3. EastPoint

    EastPoint AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Milwaukee, WI
    Just FYI, if you call up your local grocery stores, you may be able to get packing material for free. I haven't paid for peanuts or bubble wrap ever.
  4. hjames

    hjames Nabbed ... Subscriber

    VA near DC
    I buy 1" thick pink foam at Home Despot when I am packing speakers or heavy electronic gear,
    Hand cut and I custom "wrap" with it for valuable gear,
    and the buyer pays for it - I NEVER had a complaint!
    I would never use that peanut junk
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  5. wlhd1610

    wlhd1610 Penny and her new friend Subscriber

    upstate new york

    Too many times I've received units purchased off eBay where they used peanuts only to find that the item had "settled" over to the far side of the box leaving it totally unprotected from damage.
    I always give detailed packing instructions saying "no peanuts or crushed newspapers please" but apparently some think peanuts are ok for 40-50lb electronics.

  6. Justgotohm

    Justgotohm AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Ugh, Now I'm freaking out. I packed up a set of seriously mint Lancer 77's going to Tokyo. On each speaker I did cover with two T-shirts, three complete rotations in both directions with large bubble wrap and four inches of peanuts on all sides and double boxed. Geez I hope they make it, it would be a shame if they got damaged. I sent a Sansui BA2000 and a CA2000 to Australia in separate boxes. I did wrap each one in a T shirt then three rotations of large bubble wrap. I did make a sort of brace system inside each box so no pressure would be applied to the faces, filled all voids with peanuts. I sure wish I had read the post above before shipping. The funny thing is I asked the guy at UPS if they use peanuts on high value, high insured items, he said yes they do so I went with it. Man, please make it half way around the world intact. Thank y'all for the pointers, haha I thought I found a deal on shipping material. The moisture barrier foam is a great idea.
  7. blhagstrom

    blhagstrom Mad Scientist, fixer. Subscriber

    Duvall, Washington
    Peanuts and bubble wrap are crap.

    Unless you get industrial bubble wrap.
    I salvage that at work, but only use it on flat areas.

    Polystyrene is the dream. I snag that stuff.

    Sushi fish coolers are great. Hard styrofoam.
    They usually throw them away on tuesday's here. A rinse with the hose and a day outside kills the fish smell. I cut the with a hot wire.
    Putting a Sushi cooler corner on each corner of a speaker, them taping across to hold them, then rolling all that in cardboard makes a perfect package. I've shipped 70 pound speakers like that.

    Furniture stores throw out nice styrofoam.

    Egg cartons make great packing.

    Foam rubber is nice as padding.
    Old couches, pillows, beds.
    Heavy though so just use it where needed.

    Cardboard rolled up can make good blocks to hold other packing in place or help hold parts in place. As a tube it can squish if needed. As a roll of proper length it serves as a block.

    Rolled up bubble wrap is ok to pad with but not in critical spots like corners.

    Peanuts can make good pads. Fill plastic sacks (bags) and make pillows out of them. Double bag so the bastards don't get loose.

    Padding top, bottom and tight blocked corners is the key. Room for the box to crush if needed.

    Solid styrofoam encasement is nuts. It's too solid. Every hit to the box goes right to the parts inside. Let the box and packing die if needed.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017 at 8:39 AM
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  8. toxcrusadr

    toxcrusadr AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Central Missouri
    Furniture stores have great foam and some heavy duty bubble wrap.

    I get free peanuts from stuff people send me or watch CL or talk to friends who work in offices and anywhere that gets equipment and supplies by mail. They often have bags and bags they just throw away.

    $40 is a complete ripoff IMHO. But not unheard of. I saw a roll of very light duty bubble wrap about a ft wide and maybe 20 ft long, in Staples, for $22. Crazy prices for stuff I can scrounge for free.

    Maybe the triple layers of bubble will get your speakers to Tokyo. :angel:

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