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    Best way to send an old Solid State to USA

    Hey,
    I have a Old Stern Solid state here in Melbourne (its pretty much in project condition)
    That I need to send up to someone in the US in New York.
    There is no rush.
    I am looking for an economical way to send it.

    As mentioned it's not in great condition, I don't want it to get banged around but its painted the wrong colour and needs cab work, so i don't really want to spend more to get it there if MINT machines need to be packed a certain way

    What do people do? Do they make their own boxes so they can ship it upright? Or can i Just strap it on a pallet really well?
    Will a solid state fit in a JJP/Stern box?
    Which company do people use?

    I searched before posting, but I'm not very good at searching, so if there has been a similar thread recently please feel free to link me!

    Thanks!

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    I'd go to an importer and grab a pinball box off them. The only difference in how they were packed in the box between new and SS was the head sits on top of the front on the cabinet on the SS rather than at the back because of the hinged head on new. Foam between the back glass and the playfield glass and that is about it. They arrived here like that standing on there butt with a couple of straps around the box holding the ends closed.

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    This might be dumb but how do you get the backbox to stay at the front of the machine (versus the back) if its vertical?

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    Sit it end up on a pallet, wrap it appropriately with foam, bubble wrap and cardboard, then strap it down to the pallet with 1-2 racket straps. The cost is done by the volume (cubic metres). Just make sure none of the pin over hangs the pallet to minimise the chance of accidents


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    BTW I have a pallet if you need one


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    What Manny65 said. Thatís how I shipped my Atlantis from Europe to here. It was perfectly fine. Just keep in mind it will be non stackable, so you might get charged a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryza View Post
    This might be dumb but how do you get the backbox to stay at the front of the machine (versus the back) if its vertical?
    Rachet strap


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    Try Pack and Send. You never know. They ship stuff everywhere and when I've gone into our local shop I'm amazed at what people have bought in for them to safely wrap/pack. they have shipped stuff to the USA and NZ for me but I've done the packing.

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    You want LCL freight (less-than container load). Get a skid that is the size of the machine. Pack it on its end, ratchet it down with plenty of wrapping. As others have said, it’s non-stackable, so you have to pay for all the air above the pallet, cut it to size if you can. It’s the difference between paying $800 and $1800.

    I can’t give you any recommendations because all of the freight companies have ripped me off at one point or another. They are a law unto themselves. My favourite was being stung for $800 this year because I wanted to pick up a game rather than have them deliver it, also $800.

    My honest advice is unless this is a very good friend it won’t be worth the effort on what sounds like a boat anchor anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleazius View Post
    You want LCL freight.
    this, but...lcl isnt economically viable under 400kg cubic.

    it might end up overalll cheaper to send it air unless you know a guy exporting who is willing to bodge the paperwork ( every consignment in the container is meant to have its own, so therefore entry fees etc ..)

    make sure you get a door to door price.. the actual freight component of lcl is only a fraction of the total bill.

    doesnt sound worth it to me either.. you'll want a 1k+ aud budget even with a decent freight account.


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