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Shipping Damage

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Mudbat, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

    Seems to be more common currently.
    I have double corrugated boxes built for me when I ship mounts. Mount gets anchored to wood, then to the box with screws and washers. Two of the last 8 Ive shipped out have been severely damaged. Where the flaps fold boxes are 1/4 in thick. One of them appeared to have had a rod run right through the center of the box. Have also had a number of supplies show up damaged lately.
    Getting to the point where I want to stop offering shipping as the repairs end up being on me as the shippers won’t cover crap. Fed ex/ups
  2. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    That is a problem with those shippers. Their employees are under pressure to move the boxes as quickly as possible so they don't take any care in handling them gently even if you have it listed as fragile. The problem is, what choice do we really have?

  3. Heath Cline

    Heath Cline Well-Known Member

    Thats why i dont ship any mounts in cardboard.
    All my crates are atleast 2x2 frames and atleast 1/4 wood.
    I sleep a lot better at night doing it this way. LOL
    I ship alot of whitetail mounts across the country that hunters are paying high dollar amounts to shoot at local ranches. And when clients are paying $10,000-$20,000 and up for these bucks, there is no way I am shipping in cardboard.
    Also, client pays for the crate material and time to build it.
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  4. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

    Just had a friend have a mount that was crated get damaged. Company told him if it was not designed to withstand a 8 foot drop it wasn’t their problem.
  5. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    used to build crates and frames and secure mounts in... your problem is securing mount to box without any “cushion”.... now I wrap mounts loosly is plastic and let them float in peanuts... no damage in 10 plus years this way...this method was in archives somewhere by a guy from oregon or washington?
  6. Heath Cline

    Heath Cline Well-Known Member

    I would rather take my chances with an "8 foot drop" in a wooden crate verses a cardboard box.
    Knock on wood but in 20 years of shipping wooden crates, I have never had any damages. I work with a good shipping broker and truck lines I guess. The majority of deer heads I ship are shipped FedEx ground in wooden crates. Larger crates go by freight.
  7. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I use heavy cardboard boxes, and place a sheet of lauan plywood on one side, on the OUTSIDE of the box. Dry wall screws with flat washers go through the lauan, and into the base of the mount, which holds it securely in place. I have not had a mount damaged...yet!
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  8. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

    I wouldn’t ship a should mount in cardboard either. I only do fish
  9. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Just letting you guys know that ship crates , if you go to a Fastenal company , they are all over . They will ship to any of their stores , so store to store , you drop off your client picks up at store for 1/3 the price of anyone else . I had a crated base that 45x36x 40 tall , weight was 85 lbs from Illinois to Delaware for $145 . You can’t beat that .
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  10. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    That's great information! Thanks for sharing!
  11. I started using a Wild game transport company. No crating, they pickup at my shop, load into a trailer and fasten in place. They assume all responsibility. Cost seems to be comparable to freight costs. No problems in the last 4 years and clients seem to be happy.
  12. D.Price

    D.Price Well-Known Member

    Shipped a new Mini Flesher out a couple weeks ago in a brand new box, here is what arrived when the customer received it. UPS has been investigating for 3 weeks now.

    Damage_UPS8.jpg Damage_UPS9.jpg Damage_UPS2.jpg Damage_UPS4.jpg Damage_UPS3.jpg
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  13. ARUsher

    ARUsher Well-Known Member

    WTH!!!! Wow!
  14. jigginjim

    jigginjim Active Member

    I order a reproduction northern pike from McKenzie. when it arrived to tail was broken off. Shipped back the next one came through a different shipper, arriver whole but the box still busted up. So far the only shipper that has not damaged the boxes is Speedee.
  15. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    In order to cut costs all shipping companies are hiring new employees to handle packages. Also to comply with new federal equal opportunity guidelines.
    Here’s a training video.
    Richard C likes this.