Preachin to the choir, my friend. :-)
That's why I have this... for rehearsals... although I used it on a gig
and like you said, "let the sound guys do the rest."
The dolly/case has been upgraded to enclose the rear.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
required. I asked about this a couple of times and was told that in addition
to the standardized shipping boxes, they had a sweetheart shipping rate.
So they pack everything into a few standard sizes and only have about four
rates to ship everything. A quantity discout for shipping. And the
inflatble bladders limit the weight.
I should mention that I recieve all my packages at a private post
ofice/mailbox. I recycle most of my shipping materials, the foam peanuts and
inflated plastic bags, not the paper. I take it into them and they reuse
everything. It saves waste, they get some shipping materials for free.
And I am on their good guys list. So, if I get a big package or a bunch of
boxes in a short time, I am forgiven. I help them out. The help me out.
On one occassion, a while ago, at work, we watched the TNT guy kick our
packages off the back of his truck onto the ground.
We had a secure compound, remotely operated electric gates to let him him.
We watched on the security cameras as he drove round to the delivery door.
He arrived before our member of staff cound walk through the building to
the door and kicked the parcels off the truck.
You need good packing!
A large pharmaceutical company shipped cough syrup in 4 liter glass bottles,
much going by that big parcel carrier. Periodically they had shipments
with a lot of breakage. Losses were in the thousands of dollars each time.
After months of investigating a group of people representing the drug
company, transit company, box maker, foam pack maker piled in a car and
followed a shipment from plant to destination. Sure enough, they got to the
terminal where the boxes came down a conveyer and were sorted by a guy
wearing steel tipped work boots.
I order parts for my job and often get a kick out of how stuff comes packed.
I never understand when I order one part, that comes well packed in it's own
corrugated box , and it shows up packed into a larger box. For god's sake!
Just stick a label on the box and ship the damn thing!
When I order delicate items I expect the original box will be shipped inside
an outer box with packing in between. This will keep it safe from many
hazards such as sharp edges that cut into the outer box or corners that are
When I am reselling the item, and it comes in a printed box with description
and pictures on the outside, I do not want shipping labels slapped on the
box and shipped as is, I want it packed inside an outer box so that the
customer doesn't see the shipping labels, scratches, cuts and crushed
corners that show up on the outer box.
Consider that shipping containers under a certain size are more easily be
misplaced or hidden behind other larger objects. I think the over sized
containers help the shipper keep track of you shipment.
Back when I was in the automotive industry GM had a part that was a rare
earth magnet that was about the size of a pencil lead about 1/4" long. It
came in a box that would have held thousands but had it been placed in an
adequately sized box you would have needed a powerful magnifying glass to
see the part # on the box.
We did a lot of shipping and found that small parts had less problems
getting to their destinations when their shipping containers were a certain
size or larger. We seemed to have less calls from customers to located a
shipment when we used more "visible" containers. Basically parts shipped in
minimal sized boxes tended to take longer to get to where they were going.
IIRC we tracked a part that went thousands of miles to get to its 120 mile
destination and took 2-3 days. Larger packages to the same destination were
routinely delivered the next day.
While most of our shipments were stock orders and were shipped on pallets or
large boxes those small packages were typically single parts that the
customer needed quickly and typically were less profitable for us because it
was a single item being shipped. When the item got routed wrong or lost, it
cost us even more time and money to track and or reship the part again.
So yes the larger container does waist more packaging material and is not
considered to some as being "green" but it is also not green to have to
reship or track a lost order or use special handling on physically smaller
Saw a wonderful TV segment once. The producers mailed all kinds of stuff
(much had to be left on the post office loading dock with no return
address). Everything had the appropriate postage and a valid address. The
* A set of deer antlers.
* A single snow ski.
* A bottle of water.
* A small clear plastic box containing a tooth.
* Can of beer.
* A John Deere gimmie cap.
* A single tennis shoe.
* A two-foot 2x4.
* A brick.
* A plastic trash-bag containing leaves.
Most of it got delivered. The bottle of water was drunk by the postman.
Small boxes get lost in machines. The boxes used from various larger
shippers are standard sizes for the machines in the sorting center.
Odd stuff and small stuff gets hand sorted - someday.
Look at the express mail boxes - 12x12x and 11x17x and such.
Their general mass will respond to movers on the path - routing it
left or right from the main.
I send a 12x12 box that was 40#'s flat rate. It gets across the country
in 2 days and delivered in 2 or 3 days for a total of 2-3 days.
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