Starting your own miniature painting business is something that can bring great personal rewards, especially if you get to see the miniatures that you painted being used in competitions. Painting can be a long and tedious task at times, and the last thing you want to do when shipping your miniatures is to cause problems with poor packaging, damages and late delivery times. This guide will give you an overview of how to properly pack your miniatures ready for point to point pickup and how to maximise your profits through efficient packing and careful selection of delivery drivers.
Packing the Miniature
When it comes to packing the miniature, it's all about soft cushioning that's going to reduce any impact damage. With parcel deliveries, you can't ever guarantee that they will arrive completely damage free; therefore, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you are shipping small hard-wearing models made from white metal, you can get away with single layer corrugated card and some bubble wrap, foam pieces or shredded news paper. However, if you are shipping a model with delicate parts you may want to dissemble the different parts (if possible), or wrap bubble wrap around each component.
Bubble wrap works well because it provides almost a suspension like protection, without being too firm. Once wrapped, the model can then be placed into a double layer corrugated cardboard box and suspended in shredded paper. The double thickness card will provide further cushioning and protection from damp, whilst the shredded paper will allow an element of movement if the box is dropped or thrown. Rather than the model crashing against the inside of the box, the paper will reduce the impact speed and minimise breakages.
If the model is really delicate, it's best to pack as discussed previously and send through a tracked, insured delivery service, notifying them of the delicate object inside. This option should always be provided to customers.
Saving on Costs
Some of the best packing materials come at a very low price. If you have a shredder at home you can shred any old magazines you have lying around to save on costs. You can also save bubble wrap from anything you buy such as electrical appliances and purchase multi-packs of tape. By minimising your costs here, you'll be able to maximise your profits or reduce costs for your customer base, which could increase your income anyway. There are also apps that are available that link together individual drivers who have been registered, and you can get local parcels delivered without going through more expensive companies.
For more tips on parcel delivery for your miniatures, contact companies like Silver Top Taxis.Share