Have you ever wondered which shipping company is best for shipping your work to an exhibition?
Three different insurance values.
All boxes were estimated for shipping from Seattle, WA to Pittsburgh, PA.
Download the Shipping Comparisons handout.
Watch the 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 recommendation 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.
Related topics about shipping art or craft:
PACKING YOUR WORK FOR EXHIBITIONS (tip sheet)
This post was updated on April 2, 2022, to provide current links.