Packaging service recommendations?

From: Lee Courtney <>
Date: Tue Mar 6 00:24:02 2001

Jim et al,

I've used a "Blanket" or "wrapping" service offered by Allied to move 2
PDP-11s from Canada to the Bay Area. The Allied agent on the Vancouver end
did a great job of packing the system and it arrived in excellent condition,
unfortunately the agent on this end was endlessly confused by that pesky
"customs thing". Using a wrapping service cost me about 4 times what I paid
for the systems. I thought about flying to Vancouver, loading the systems
into a U-Haul, and driving them to the Bay Area. However, we were expecting
a new baby, were moving into a new house, and we were in the middle of a
major SW release at work. So I just off-loaded the problem, and in
retrospect was the right, but expensive, thing to do.

If you have the time, I'd pick them up myself. Portland is not that far from
the Bay Area.

Lee Courtney

Monterey Software Group Inc.
1350 Pear Avenue, Suite J
Mountain View, California 94043-1302 U.S.A.
650-964-7052 voice
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> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Jim Battle
> Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2001 9:40 PM
> To:
> Subject: Packaging service recommendations?
> I know a couple weeks back there was a thread where everybody took a turn
> describing what horrors a particular shipper had committed to something
> they sent. I didn't pay much attention to it then, but perhaps I should
> have. At any rate, my question is somewhat different.
> I've been collecting computers for only two years, but at the top of my
> wish list has been to get a Wang 2200, one of the older models.
> It is the
> machine I learned to program on, and it left a strong impression. My
> coding style still suffers because of it. :-)
> Well, I finally found somebody who will ship me one for the cost of
> shipping. It is in Portland, OR, and I'm in San Jose, CA. The estimated
> weight is 200-300 pounds including accessories and docs. [ The early
> 2200's had a power supply box, a suitcase-sized box that
> contained the TTL
> CPU, then a separate keyboard/monitor. The setup I'm hoping to get also
> has three external tape drives and a modified selectric as a
> printing device. ]
> Because the guy who has it is essentially giving it away, I want
> to make it
> as easy for him as possible, and at the same time I want to get it packed
> really well because I don't want anything to happen to it. I guess I'm
> afraid that he'd just put it in a cardboard box stuffed with newspapers.
> A scan through the yellow pages under "Packaging Materials" and
> "Packaging
> Services" showed quite a few people who package things for a price, but
> I've never used one. Does anybody have any tips on how to choose
> one? Should I insist on a wood crate, or foam-fill, or something else?
> As another data point, I tried the rate estimator on FedEx and it
> wouldn't
> accept a box that weighed 300 lbs. I tried 100 lbs and it said
> $50, which
> seems quite reasonable to me. So as another data point, I'd have
> to split
> the lot into two or three crates in order to send it.
> Thanks for any experience you can share.
> -----
> Jim Battle ==
Received on Tue Mar 06 2001 - 00:24:02 GMT

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