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Sourcing packaging

Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:53 pm

Trying to post a kite overseas. Have broken kite down such that it's about 95cm in length. Seems to be a length that's beyond the standard tube packaging lengths. Wondered how flyers sourced appropriate packaging for these lengths. I think from a overseas cost perspective 110 cm might be the crossing point into much higher costs so looking to keep within that.

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Re: Sourcing packaging

Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:39 pm

Buy a kite from Tim Benson and re-use the cardboard wrapper? That’s my usual ploy!
 
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Re: Sourcing packaging

Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:07 am

as above
or ask in halfords or the like for old bike box trim to suit ?
 
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Re: Sourcing packaging

Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:32 am

I usually use old kite packaging.

I have in the past bought two round cardboard tubes and used the excess length as an external sleeve to support the join.

Or as others have suggested, get hold of suitably large sized cardboard packaging and make up your own square section tube.
 
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Re: Sourcing packaging

Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:15 pm

Carpet warehouse shops often have the cores that carpets are wound onto going spare.

And if you do make up your own from old large cardboard boxes, a triangular section would be stronger than square.
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Re: Sourcing packaging

Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:19 pm

Some shippers won't accept tubes, they roll around too much, triangular cross section is best.
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Re: Sourcing packaging

Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:10 pm

triangular is the way forward - make your own from the cardboard that your ikea bookcase came in ;-)


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Re: Sourcing packaging

Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:41 pm

How do the Royal Mail treat triangular boxes?  Do they still consider them to be tubes?
 
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Re: Sourcing packaging

Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:20 am

If you can remove the T a kite will fit in a length of 3" plastic drainpipe from B&Q or wherever
It will offer a *lot* more protection than cardboard. I've used it several times.
 
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Re: Sourcing packaging

Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:23 am

When I've shipped overseas in the past i have used plastic tubes (meant for fishing poles/rods) from Go Outdoors. Cheap, can be cut to size and tough as old boots.
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