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Here's how I pack vintage vacuum cleaners for shipping...
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Post# 395896   7/31/2018 at 22:53 (703 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


... and is why in nearly 20 years on eBay I've never had a single damage complaint filed against me.

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Post# 395897 , Reply# 1   7/31/2018 at 23:26 (703 days old) by completenutt (West Hollywood, California)        
Beautiful job!

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What service do you use for good shopping costs?

I have a 35 pound Hoover that I wanted to ship, and even UPS estimates shipping at over $300 coast to coast.

Post# 395902 , Reply# 2   8/1/2018 at 00:23 (703 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


I always use UPS Ground unless a buyer insists upon a different service.

Post# 395912 , Reply# 3   8/1/2018 at 05:25 (703 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        
I'll second that!

Beautiful job!
Would you happen to remember the approximate (or exact) dimensions of the outer box?
I still haven't shipped the Convertible that I spoke of in an earlier thread.
But I think I would feel pretty confident with it packaged like this.
Thank you for posting this!


Post# 395917 , Reply# 4   8/1/2018 at 09:33 (703 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Barry, it's a standard "Large" box from Home Depot. Its dimensions are 25" x 19" x 19"

Post# 395933 , Reply# 5   8/1/2018 at 16:02 (702 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        
Thank you

How about the inner box, to accomplish the "double boxing"?
Sorry. I'm just really impressed with your packaging job, and I think that the recipient of this Convertible would really appreciate somewhere near that level of professionalism from me.


Post# 395952 , Reply# 6   8/1/2018 at 21:07 (702 days old) by kenkart ()        
If you get anything

From Charles, you can bet it will not be damaged!

Post# 396173 , Reply# 7   8/4/2018 at 09:49 (699 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

I agree great packaging. I will keep that in mind.

$300.00 to ship a 35 lb box is outrageous. If it was being sent over night I might see that a reasonable. Is that price including Insurance?

I know when I had my Kirby rebuilt it cost me around $35.00 round trip to ship from Wisconsin to Cleveland and back. I sent it UPS ground it was shipped back FedEx ground.

Post# 396197 , Reply# 8   8/4/2018 at 15:56 (699 days old) by completenutt (West Hollywood, California)        
I may have entered somthing incorrectly...

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I went onto the UPS website and used their calculating page.  I entered the dimensions of the box and it's weight and the to and from address.  I think it went over normal parameters of size.. it was about a square meter including padding, which may have taken it into another pricing tier for being oversized.  Not sure on that.


I couldn't believe the price either.  I don't think it included insurance.


I'll try again and post results.



Post# 396588 , Reply# 9   8/10/2018 at 21:56 (693 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

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I asked this same question recently on the USPS Reddit page if they jacked their rates up, and they just all thought I was crazy and had no idea what I was talking about. I couldn't give proof because it would take several hours to gather all the data. I just forgot about the discussion topic and didn't get any farther than that. I noticed that the shipping quotes are in the $80+ range now for vacuums too.

A lot of the vacuums I bought on eBay, everyone always shipped them upright. They were just normal people selling an old vacuum and not collectors or anything, so they probably didn't know how to remove the handles. I don't think I've ever gotten a vacuum yet that was that well broken-down into all of its individual parts.

Post# 397592 , Reply# 10   8/31/2018 at 21:00 (672 days old) by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        
Superior packing...

What you have done was to make a parcel that even the USPS Olympic Kicking and Stomping Team could not defeat.

Great job! Thanks for sharing, gives us great pointers if not for ourselves but to encourage Ebay Sellers avoid ruining our vacuums.

Post# 397601 , Reply# 11   9/1/2018 at 00:35 (672 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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UPS calculator is tricky. If in doubt, bring a box to a UPS store and ask them for a shipping quote.

Post# 399704 , Reply# 12   10/17/2018 at 22:05 (625 days old) by KirbyLux52804 (Davenport, Iowa)        
Poor packing

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I bought a Eureka canister off of eBay, I wish the seller would have packaged it a little better than he did. He used a beat up box, and wadded up newspaper. This is the only part that was damaged.

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