Hi All, I need some advice. I have a Goldberg Sukhoi that I would like to
unload. I have thought about selling it on ebay but I am unsure about how to
ship the thing if I sold it. How do you all pack an airplane this big? It
has a 72 inch wingspan. It is built, partially covered. Never flown not had
engine or radio installed. It does have the push rods in it though . . . .
I had Mailboxes, Etc. pack a couple for me. They did a good job. I shipped
them via bus. Greyhound takes large boxes (up to 100" length), and ships
quickly and cheaply. I got a .40 size trainer from NC to CA in 4 days for $65.
The packing cost about $30. The buyer has to pick it up at the terminal, and
you gotta take it to your terminal to ship.
Get firm packing and shipping prices before you quote to the winner. Make sure
you put the shipping method in the auction information.
"There's a Hun in the sun!"
Agree with what you said, but as a frequent browser and bidder, I'd say
it would be good to have a packing and shipping price, at least a
realistic ballpark, before even starting the auction. This way bidders
will have a good idea what they are getting into.
I have sold several planes on eBay and shipped them successfully. These planes
are really easy to pack and ship. First off, UPS and USPS are out as shipping
options since the wings will make the package to big for either of them and you
should know this now rather than later. But, there is an even better option for
you - FedEx Ground service will ship very large boxes and charge only by weight
without any extra charge for large boxes. Greyhound will also ship them at a
very reasonable rate but you have to take it to the terminal and the customer
has to pick it up at the terminal - a consideration.
Now as to packing, you could just take it to a packing service that has FedEx
pickup (check FedEx's web site or the Yellow Pages for the one nearest to you)
and have them box it and pass the cost on to the buyer. One of the basic
de-facto traditions of eBay is that the buyer pays all packing and shipping
costs, so you are not out of line asking that and buyer's are expecting to pay
a reasonable fees for it.
Or if you want to pack it yourself, you just measure the tail; find a box the
tail fits in with a bit of padding and three or four boxes the same size. Two
of them become the top and bottom of your box, and the others are opened and
telescopes and taped to your top/bottom boxes forming a single tall box! Then
some bubble pack or crumpled newspaper or foam to block up the fuselage from
the bottom (helps to pull the propeller and you do want to pack it so that the
nose is down, not the tail), and slide in the wing (if your wing is a two
piece, wrap the two halves with padding into one unit) and slide the wing in -
it usually will fit under the landing gear. It's OK for the plane to have the
landing gear touching the box walls if there is a little "give" above the
plane. After all, they are designed to take a hard landing. And you are there
with tons of extra room to put in well wrapped accessories.
Wrap and block the tail surfaces well, this is the most delicate part of the
plane and the most likely to get damage if they turn the box upside down. You
can help to keep this from happening (the tall box is the first major step) by
putting address labels and the such up on the top sides (not on top) - this
way, it has to stand on the bottom to be read.
You do want to make sure there is no fuel in the tank, and little thing like
any loose items you are including like a starter, or battery are secure enough
that they are not going to take of in transit and "carve" a path of destruction
through the box, but this is not usually a problem.
Oh, MOST IMPORTANT - make sure you have it insured (you pass the cost on to the
buyer as part of the shipping cost - just include it in the cost). In all
shipping, it's the shipper that is the insured party, not the buyer, so protect