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Recently, Santa Barbarans enjoyed the free shredding service offered by one of the local banks. This is a great way to get rid of all the paperwork we seem to accumulate over the years, but unfortunately, the free shredding service only happens once in a while, and gets full fast. No worries! Santa Barbara Pack and Post offers shredding Monday through Friday, 9am to 5:30pm.
It's tax season everyone! And with tax season comes deadlines for filing those taxes we all enjoy. Be sure to send in your paperwork early; many times, tax documents are addressed to PO Boxes. This means that you can only ship your taxes via the Postal Service, rather than FedEx or UPS because PO Boxes do not accept mail from other carriers. And that also means that if you are sending your documents at the last minute you will not be able to overnight them - the fastest way to send your taxes will be Priority Mail, which has a two day transit time at minimum, if you're located in California.
A large portion of our customers need their packages to arrive at their destinations quickly, so the regular Postal Service or Ground options may not suffice. This is no problem for Pack and Post! If you need to send something overnight, 2-day, or 3-day, you want to come to us - our express rates are the best in town, 20-30% less than at the FedEx and UPS stores. Be sure to come by before 3pm for FedEx Express and before 4:30pm for UPS Express, and we'll take care of the rest. Any questions about overnight shipping? Give us a call or send us an email, and we'll be more than happy to help!
When shipping particularly valuable or fragile items, such as artwork or china, many customers are interested in insuring the item against loss, damage, or both. However, the process of insuring an item or filing a claim if something should happen can be a bit confusing. Here's a breakdown of what you should know before you insure something.
Some of the most difficult items we ship at Pack and Post is china. It surprises a lot of customers to learn that packing and shipping china requires extra time and care to ensure that each piece arrives safely, even if they are not being insured. Keep reading to find out the basics of shipping fine china.
Some customers are concerned that the item they want to ship is too weird or too hard to pack. Don't worry! Pack and Post employees have extensive experience packing and shipping the weirdest of items. Here's a list of just some of the more unconventional items we have packed and shipped:
- Dancing Hula Lamp
- Embalming Machine
- Popsicle Making Machine
- Giant Dream Catcher
- Day of the Dead Skeleton Statue
- Model Airplanes
- Giant Optical Illusion Mirror
- Motorized Bike
- Cremated Remains
Did you know that Pack and Post accepts return drop-offs for FedEx, UPS, the Postal Service, and even DHL? Many customers have had the experience of ordering something online and then having to return it, only to find that there are few places in Santa Barbara to do so. Not to worry! If you receive a pre-paid return shipping label for any of the above listed carriers, you can bring your package to Pack and Post to drop it off and it will get picked up from us. We can even provide receipts for all carriers except the Postal Service, complete with your tracking information on it so you can make sure your package reaches its destination.
Chandeliers are one of the more difficult items to ship, because they cannot simply be placed in a box filled with paper. In many cases (especially for particularly fragile ones with objects that dangle) they need to be suspended, or at the very least tissue wrapped. Chandeliers also often need to be placed in fairly large sized boxes (even ones that are smaller) simply because tissue wrapping, bubble wrapping, and any additional necessary packing will increase the volume of the item. Before you pack and ship a chandelier, we encourage you to let us take a look first, if only to get an idea of what packing will involve. And we can also provide estimates for shipping costs as well, even if the chandelier needs to be crated and sent via freight service.
Did you know that boxes of all sizes have weight limits for shipping? By this we mean that for every size box there is a maximum weight it can hold that should not be exceeded; doing so may result in damage to item or the box itself, in addition to surcharges that get added to the shipping cost. Be careful when packing a box with particularly heavy or dense items, such as clothing, books, and machine parts.
One thing that sometimes surprises our first time customers is that not every box is "shippable". By "shippable" we mean not rated for shipping; some boxes, such as the moving boxes you get from Home Depot or Uhaul, while great for moving, are not great for shipping. These types of boxes are too flimsy to ship in and can be easily torn or crushed. However, there is no need to worry! Pack and Post carries a large variety of boxes in an assortment of sizes that are specifically designed to withstand the long journey of shipping.