Shipping a Saddle?
What would be the best way to do so? I want to put my saddle up on ebay and other sites (since i no longer ride) but i'm at a loss as to HOW to ship it that it wont damage it.... Any advice?
Have UPS pack it for you. They'll charge you for the box and packing, but you don't have to ship with them if you don't want to.
If you want to pack it yourself, get a big enough box and use either packing peanuts or bubble wrap.
dude... UPS packs for you?!
thanks I had no idea!
I shipped an Australian saddle from Tucson to Denver UPS. IIRC, UPS charged me about $20 for packing and around $30 for shipping. Of course, a bigger or heavier saddle would run more, as would a longer shipping distance.
Thank you! i was wondering about prices. That's good to know! thank you! =]
I've shipped many saddles. A box that's a close fit is good even if you have to cut it down a bit. The saddle is placed in the box so it's upright, as tho on a horse. The fenders are criss-crossed underneath. Sometimes the stirrrups have to be removed but there is always room for them under the saddle. Bubble wrap on the horn. Mark the box "top" and draw upward facing arrows. No need to pack a bunch of material into the box. The post office is good-there's never been a problem. Saddles have always arrived on good shape. Oh, and be sure to tuck the skirts downward so they don't develop an upward curl.
Just make sure to get the box as close to the size of the saddle as possible (and use a sturdy box!) wrap the horn or any other fragile areas in bubble wrap - pack as saddlebag instructed and send it on its way.
Depending on weight, expect to pay between $30 and $80 for shipping.
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