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Granny Smith
23rd June 2008, 11:02 AM
Howdy,
I need to ship a G4 flat-panel iMac (from NSW to Qld) ... can anyone make any suggestions as to which courier/shipping company is good/reliable and will take care of the parcel? Also, if they can assist with proper packing and so on, that would be a bonus because I no longer have the original iMac packaging.
Cheers,
GS.

decryption
23rd June 2008, 12:11 PM
If you need help with packaging, the only place I know of will be Pack and Send who have a fancy packing system with foam that molds to the shape of the item you're shipping. Couriers aren't cheap for one off items, so don't be surprised if it's in the $50-$100 range.

thebag
23rd June 2008, 12:16 PM
I would also like to add be very careful who you pick to ship the iMac.

Both myself and I think sunrisesister(aka Green Banana) both had damaged goods courtesy of the courier company that has 3 letters in their name starting and ending in T.

I would whole heartedly recommend insurance, and make sure it is well packed.

kim jong il
23rd June 2008, 12:23 PM
If you need help with packaging, the only place I know of will be Pack and Send who have a fancy packing system with foam that molds to the shape of the item you're shipping. Couriers aren't cheap for one off items, so don't be surprised if it's in the $50-$100 range.
Which surprises me as I'd call that cheap. :)

sectioneight
23rd June 2008, 12:25 PM
Don't use 'couriers please' either, they damaged a Powerbook that was posted to me - they dropped something very heavy on the box which damaged the LCD.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3124/2602176239_84e81579ff_m.jpg

Evidence!! :o

Granny Smith
23rd June 2008, 05:04 PM
Thanks, folks, for all suggestions for and agin. Will make some enquiries, but now at least have a couple of places to start asking (and a couple not to start asking!)
GS.

chrsha01
23rd June 2008, 05:08 PM
These threads will help you in finding a suitable shipping method.

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/21/48774-who-use-ship-24-inch-imac-syd-melb.html
http://forums.mactalk.com.au/12/48290-best-way-ship-imac.html

Granny Smith
23rd June 2008, 05:21 PM
These threads will help you in finding a suitable shipping method.

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/21/48774-who-use-ship-24-inch-imac-syd-melb.html
http://forums.mactalk.com.au/12/48290-best-way-ship-imac.html

Cheers chrsha01 - good advice, but those threads seem to be for more recent iMac models (ie G5 and 24") than the one I'm trying to ship. Tho the principles espoused in the threads remain the same, the item itself is a bit more fragile (it's the lampshade or sunflower model, with the flat panel on the end of a swing arm) so the packing aspect is absolutely critical and not something I trust myself to do without some expert advice/supervision!

chrsha01
23rd June 2008, 05:27 PM
Cheers chrsha01 - good advice, but those threads seem to be for more recent iMac models (ie G5 and 24") than the one I'm trying to ship. Tho the principles espoused in the threads remain the same, the item itself is a bit more fragile (it's the lampshade or sunflower model, with the flat panel on the end of a swing arm) so the packing aspect is absolutely critical and not something I trust myself to do without some expert advice/supervision!

These threads do though provide a range of delivery companies you could investigate into to hopefully find the best possible price to ship your product. :)

El Guardo
23rd June 2008, 05:34 PM
If you don't have the original packaging that's the first thing I'd be trying to source if your concerned about safety during shipping - it's far and away better than anything the courier/freight companies will provide you with. Post a message on here or even give some of the resellers a call and see if they know where you could source the box.

cosmichobo
23rd June 2008, 05:58 PM
"I" used Greyhound to ship a G4 iMac last year from Qld to Vic. It was via eBay, and the seller had offered free shipping, then didn't know who to use. As AustPost etc often wont touch such "big" packages, I suggested Greyhound. Worked fine. No idea what it cost, but it's less than the regular couriers.