How to Ship a Mitsubishi 50 Inch Flat Screen TVby David Lipscomb
Ever since the debut of flat screen TVs, it's been understood that shipping upright is the correct method. The main reason for this is the fact that all flat screen sets employ either glass or other screen layer elements that, if bounced around when shipped flat, can cause catastrophic screen distress or even breakage. Most plasma boxes come from the factory with dye-filled tip indicators, letting receivers at retail know if sets have been shipped at an angle for an extended period of time. When shipping a flat screen, using simple methods should ensure that the set arrives intact.
Pack it Up
Pack the television in a container of similar size to the original packaging of the set. Even better is to use the actual container, if still available. Make sure there are at least 3 inches of space inside the box surrounding the set when the TV is enclosed.
Cut a piece of cardboard of sufficient size to cover the screen and bezel. Tape the cardboard in place with masking tape.
Wrap the television in plastic to prevent shreds of foam or other contaminants from entering the cooling vents on the set.
Place the set in the shipping box, upright. Insert as much foam or other packing material around the set to minimize shifting and potential impact damage. Secure the box with ample packing tape.
Draw arrows pointing up on the box with the marker. Write "fragile," "this end up" and "keep upright" on the box in multiple areas. This mimics the markings that manufacturers place on their boxes when they ship sets for sale.
Bring the set to a delivery station (USPS, FedEx or UPS). Pay for shipping insurance in the event of an unforeseen incident while shipping.
Retain copies of all paperwork in case of a shipping dispute, or in the event of shipping damage.
Items you will need
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