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How and how much to ship a desktop computer (sold on ebay)?

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December 28, 2011 4:44:49 AM

So, I sold an old desktop computer today on eBay for $150.

I've been searching all over the web to get an idea of the shipping prices I will have to pay, and how I should pack the computer. I haven't found anything conclusive.

My questions are, how much does it typically cost to ship a desktop computer (just the computer, no monitor), and how should I go about packing it up? Would it be okay if I just wrapped the computer around with bubble wrap a few times, and cushioned it in the box with paper, or do I need to take additional steps to ensure it's safe arrival to my buyer?

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December 28, 2011 5:06:07 AM

I have sold 100+ computers on Ebay.

You can take it to a ups store and they will pack it for you.

You can get a box big enough for it and use lots of padding and send it with UPS, FedEx, or USPS.

Make sure to buy insurance, and a tracking number.

If you dont pack it good the insurance wont cover it if it breaks.

If it breaks the buyer will issue a dispute and Paypal will give their money back no matter what you say. Paypal always sides with the buyer.

Usually mid towers cost around $40-$45 for shipping costs for box, peanuts, and shipping.
December 28, 2011 5:08:57 AM

Make sure all the drive cages are secure. Some snap into place and aren't screwed or welded. I've seen them come off during shipping and you end up with a hard drive in a cage bouncing all over the insides during shipping. Next, obviously use at much padding/bubble wrap/newpaper or whatever as you can. With regard to cost. I've paid as little as $35 and as much as $80. Depends on weight and the period of time to deliver.

Don't use the postal service. They are all a bunch of f***ing honey badgers and don't care. Use UPS or Fedex.

Good luck!
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December 28, 2011 5:28:46 AM

Nice, you sell computer for 150 and paying 80 (more than half) for sending it??? Or is it buyer who pays for it?
July 24, 2013 6:16:06 PM

daship said:
I have sold 100+ computers on Ebay.

You can take it to a ups store and they will pack it for you.

You can get a box big enough for it and use lots of padding and send it with UPS, FedEx, or USPS.

Make sure to buy insurance, and a tracking number.

If you dont pack it good the insurance wont cover it if it breaks.

If it breaks the buyer will issue a dispute and Paypal will give their money back no matter what you say. Paypal always sides with the buyer.

Usually mid towers cost around $40-$45 for shipping costs for box, peanuts, and shipping.


What kind of malfunction constitutes a refund? is there a statue of limitations? If the computer works for a month or two and starts to go haywire is the seller still held responsible?
July 24, 2013 6:31:37 PM

My Other question, if the computer is dead on Arrival due to some mishandling by the shipping company, what is the process of determining the shipping corporation is at fault
December 12, 2013 11:28:57 AM

I know this is late but my answer is, If u use ur own box and pack it with plastic bags and news paper around you house. Shipping all by itself costs $30-$40
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