HORROR STORIES: Packing & Shipping Recommendations for ARTISTS
Art Movement During Shipping is a Problem?

Shipping Comparisons: Shipping Cost & Insurance with Common Carriers

Have you ever wondered which shipping company is best for shipping your work to an exhibition?

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For a shipping price comparison:

There are three different boxes.

Three different insurance values.

All boxes were estimated for shipping from Seattle, WA to Pittsburgh, PA.


Download  the  Shipping Comparisons handout.
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Watch the SlideShare presentation below.

Note: Shipping cost is not the only issue. Careful handling and availability of shipping insurance are also important considerations.  

Not all carriers offer insurance to the full value of the item (which is really misleading and irritating).  

Careful handling during shipping is important.  It is my professional opinion that UPS should only be used for production work where the objects shipped are replaceable. I do NOT recommend using UPS for shipping one of a kind exhibition work.

USPS "Registered Insured" offers the best handling and full insurance. This is my recommedation for all shipping.  Registered Insured is the least expensive option if the insurance value is over $1,000. It has the added protection of being a Federal offense to tamper with USPS mail.


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Claims for Damaged Art or Craft in the Professional Guidelines

Claims for Damaged Work

Condition Report from the Professional Guidelines

DAMN! Damaged boxes! Claims for Damaged Work.

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