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  1. The Father Went out for smokes in ‘78 not seen since Aug 31, 2019

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    Nice day for shipping and receiving here.
    Mailed an item today for OF’er. Our ever diligent postal employee turns in her chair and chucks my parcel into the bin. Ohhh wait, it bounce off the bin onto the floor, nice. She didn’t bat an eye.

    UPS delivers to the house. Watch on the cameras. Let us place the packages in the middle of the walk halfway down. Not by the front door behind the pot. I wonder if he put a tag on “steal me”

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  2. squarelug Aug 31, 2019

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    +1 on parcel pro, with which you can also provide different values for customs than for insurance purposes, best of both worlds
     
  3. X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Aug 31, 2019

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    The over packing edition...:D

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  4. bbgbg06 Sep 10, 2019

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    I just a small USPS flat rate box - I put the watch in a bubble envelope and then actually just tape the envelope to the inside of the box. I dunno if that's defeating the purpose of the bubble envelope but it definitely stops the watch from rattling as much in there..!
     
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  5. JimInOz Melbourne Australia Sep 19, 2019

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    I just received a watch and I don't think even Australia Post could have damaged this one.

    A nice hard plastic container (tape over the clasps) in layers of bubble wrap.

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    And the watch in more bubble wrap, nice and secure.

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    Now I'm off for some cathartic relaxation.............popping bubble wrap.

    :D
     
  6. Hotwheelbill Sep 25, 2019

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    First and foremost, I save every box from every new cell phone. Including friends and family. Very sturdy boxes for shipping things such as a watch. then it can be boxed into just about any other shipping box.
     
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  7. Trev The Architect Staff Member Oct 3, 2019

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    Shhh, they might interpret that as a challenge and up their game ;)
     
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  8. southtexas Oct 4, 2019

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    Altoids boxes are great for bracelets, watch heads, inserts, dials, etc. Almost indestructible.
     
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  9. Jasebird Nov 2, 2019

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    Just received a Watch using the company parcel pro… The safest shipping I’ve ever had.
     
  10. BradleyJ. Nov 21, 2019

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    Won't lie, I recently shipped a watch head and I didn't have any foam so I slit a brand new car wash sponge and slipped it in between, then boxed it up. #NotAshamed lol.
     
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  11. southtexas Nov 21, 2019

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    I bought a bunch of these from eBay to expend my “eBay bucks” before they expired...a few dollars apiece...definitely worth it.

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  12. Lolo1972sg Nov 21, 2019

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    honestly, i think styrofoam boxes are excellent. They are light and yet very sturdy. They are very cheap and since they are light, your shipping costs can be greatly reduced.
     
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  13. ArchTimepieces Nov 23, 2019

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    Centinal Shipping is fantastic, if you sell a lot of watches, I made an overnight shipping label with 5000$ insurance for less than 50$
     
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  14. ArchTimepieces Nov 25, 2019

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    Third-party insurance such as centinel on fedex
     
  15. watchlovr Dec 4, 2019

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    I do not think this is true any longer.
     
  16. Spec Dec 29, 2019

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    Do you guys purchase insurance with USPS? it just seems so costly especially for 4-5k watch. I think I estimated it costing around $300-$350
    I have an omega James Bond 50 year that I want to sell but shipping it without insurance just seems so risky.
     
  17. BDHD Jan 7, 2020

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    Wrap very well the watch with bubble wrap and put in a small box with foam to prevent when someone throw it
     
  18. Dan S Jan 7, 2020

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    I'm not sure how you calculated that because it's WAY off. Try this site: https://postcalc.usps.com

    For priority mail, it's about $1.40 per $100 for insurance after the first few hundred, so roughly $70 to insure the maximum $5000. Registered mail is slower, but cheaper to insure, and you can insure up to much higher value IIRC.
     
  19. BDHD Jan 10, 2020

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    Need to be careful in every corner
     
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  20. Otterina Jan 10, 2020

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    This made me panic, @Syrte. What an awful experience!
    I'm constantly in a dilemma trying to make a purchase on ebay/OF from sellers outside of EU. Even after searching around the forum I still haven't come across any clever ways to make a purchase. It seems impossible to 1) avoid overpaying for customs (at worst I've paid about 40% of declared value of the good to PostNL in Netherlands) and 2) indicate the value/detail of the content vaguely enough so as to invite theft.

    On your same topic, I hope maybe other members can also advise on 'shipping/labelling' specifically for international customs fees. ::shy::