Need a good box in a hurry to ship an amp! Help!

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  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan Member

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    Where can I get a box big enough to ship a Rivera Jake combo? I wasn't really planning on selling it and I'm not real prepared. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    Have you checked with your local music store?
     
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    That's the tip right there. They usually have several on hand they are just going to throw away.
     
  4. HoboMan

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    Not sure where you live but local Moving companies may have something.
     
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    UPS Store, music store, or sometimes you can find the right size moving boxes at a Lowes or Home Depot
     
  6. steadygarcia

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    You can always take it to a UPS store and have them box it up for you. They do a good job and if you're in a hurry, it's not that much money.
     
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    The last time I checked, they charged ALOT more than if you just do it yourself. I dive in a few dumpsters, hit a few music or appliance stores, then if I can't find one, I go to The UPS Store to buy a box. I'll pack and mail it myself, so I don't have to pay double the price for them to do it.
     
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    Yeah I would not trust ups.. I went and looked into it here in a major metro area store and the young guy behind the counter said " uh we could maybe do it" come see my manager in theree hours".. I wa s just neveer mind.. alll their boxes aree square and amps are not.. music store or container store is the best bet
     
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    Yeah, I guess it really all depends on the individual store. The one in my town does a great job (and very quickly), and they come in handy when I'm in a hurry to ship an amp and just don't have the proper equipment at home. And I'm not in any way a UPS fan -- I don't use them for shipping.
     
  10. aaronbarnes

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    I've had one bad experience with my local UPS store, but after that I shipped another amp thru them and was EXTREMELY specific about how I wanted the amp packed and paid $150 and the buyer said it was the best packed amp he's ever seen....

    the best regular box I've found is a box from an American Standard toilet set with the tank and bowl packaged together.......damngood box. may not be big enough for some 2x12 combos.
     
  11. SgtThump

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    Damn, $150? Wowza... I buy a box for $10 or less (if I can't find a free one), buy some brown packing paper for $5 or so, use around $2.00 in packing tape, then ship an amp for, oh, maybe $60 on average. That's $77 compared to $150!

    But yeah, it's not for everyone. I know this is strange, but I actually like packing up stuff real well for shipping. Don't know why, but I enjoy it. lol...
     
  12. TS808

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    I've bought shipping boxes from Office Max in the past to use for shipping amps.
     
  13. guitarmind

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    U-Haul usually has boxes for sale.
    Music stores in my area will charge you for a box, as a lot of them sell amps on the internet and don't want to give their boxes away.
     
  14. rockon1

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    Most large stores have dumpsters dedicated to cardboard. Ive gone behind "Best Buy" and gotten all the boxes/cardboard Ive ever needed. They dont have to be the right size -just cut them to fit. Most importantly I'd double box it. Make a tight fitting box for the amp and a slightly larger one you can put it inside of with plenty of padding. I like to use the tape with the re-enforcement fibers in it.

    BTW- UPS charges a small fortune to box stuff up. Bob
     
  15. squeally dan

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    How do you make your own boxes? Just cut the cardborad to size and then tape it together? WHat kind of tape do you use for that?
     
  16. steadygarcia

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    Get yourself some packing tape. The kind you put on one of those roller things. It's usually wide, clear tape. Get yourself the roller thing too, it comes in handy and makes it much easier to work with packing tape.
     
  17. KazJY

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    Just throw on an address label and put it in the mail!

    NOT!!!!! (but hey, we've seen it all).

    Music store would probably have nice Styrofoam (actually extruded polystyrene) corners for the amp as well - don't forget those)
     

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