Damaged Boxes? Photograph with your camera, phone or videotape.
A couple of years ago, I was in this situation and noticed damage to my exterior shipping boxes before they were even removed from the truck. Some were visibly damaged; others not.
Inform the truck driver to make sure he notices the damaged boxes also.
Be nice to the driver. It's probably not his fault.
Sometimes the shipping company wants to look at the boxes before you open them.
Sometimes they will tell you to go ahead and open the boxes to see if the work is damaged.
Always be cautious and follow their instructions.
If they allow you to open the boxes....keep the photographing each step to document the packing as you open the box. Even if you paid for shipping insurance, you must prove that the packing was more than adequate to protect the artwork.
If the work is damaged in transit, you'll want to make a successful claim for damaged work. Your photographs or videos become the foundation of your claim.
Last week I was on Jay Whaley Bench Talk on BlogTalkRadio in conversation with French Thompson as we offered an hour of shipping tips. Find out if you are packing and shipping your work effectively. Save money, time, and tears.
The Next post is about insurance value, wholesale value, and retail value.