Wednesday, March 5, 2008
This week I was oriented to the frustrating world of shipping fine art. It started out well, My framer (Joe from the Total Picture in Talent) helped out with advice and lots of bubble wrap. Then, I searched the world over for the best box, thought I'd found one at U-Haul, but the UPS store franchaise owner said it was 1" too small to be insurable. YIppee. He laughed with glee at my naivitee for thinking they'd have something costing $10 or so, ($10 was a liberal and generous amount in my mind), and oh no it would run more like 27$ and they wouldn't recycle bubblewrap and they charged this fee and that.... So we finally settled on 18$ for a "custom made" box (very funky with uneven folds) and I packed it myself so I could recycle the bubblewrap. Very frustrating. THEN, he couldn't follow the gallery instructions to put prepaid shipping label on the outside. I had to call the gallery and get them to explain what all the other UPS companies were already doing. I was so mad I was shaking, but prayed for calm, and coped. So I DO NOT RECCOMMEND the UPS store on Aero way behind the Wal-Mart and Costco in Medford. (I have heard the one in Ashland is better). I've looked up ordering boxes for my next adventure. http://www.uline.com/ if anyone is looking.