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Shipping Entertainment Memorabilia Items

Aug 18, 2007
There are many online retailers that sell Entertainment/Memorabilia items to customers in the United States and in various locations overseas. They might be selling photographs or they could have several clothing items in their possession that were worn by a star that is deceased. Many of these items are breakable and irreplaceable. The retailers are constantly worried about shipping Entertainment/Memorabilia items and sometimes they have cause for concern.

When shipping Entertainment/Memorabilia to an overseas location, the seller has to let go of a precious item that they know is rare. The seller has very little knowledge about the various areas of the world in which the precious item will travel through, or the various modes of transportation that will be used to get it to its final destination. Many sellers will only ship this precious cargo to locations in the U.S.

Many U.S. Post Offices use commercial air to transport packages on a regular basis. Some of the routes that they have established are through foreign countries. When shipping Entertainment/Memorabilia items to foreign countries, sellers will generally choose Express deliveries through the U.S. Postal Service, but the Seller rarely finds relief on shipping rare items anywhere through any carrier.

People that deal with Entertainment/Memorabilia items can get quite attached to the rare items in their inventories. They know that baggage handlers are rough with satchels and this is typically where precious items are placed. Even with controlled handling and appropriate markings, there is a chance that the item will be damaged in transit. If the item is very rare, sellers will choose to hand deliver the item to the new owner in an effort to keep the item safe.

The overseas postal channels are unpredictable at times, and the seller has very little control over whether the item will be opened along the way too. This is another reason that some sellers might choose to hand deliver the item instead of shipping Entertainment/Memorabilia through a known carrier.

Of course, the seller can take the usual precautions for insuring the package and keep all receipts in case a claim needs to be filed if travel is not feasible at that time. The shipping charges associated with Entertainment/Memorabilia items are inconsequential to the seller because the shipping costs are usually in addition to the sales price that they charge on their final invoice.

Since the Entertainment/Memorabilia item might be one-of-a-kind or one of only a few remaining in the world, the seller will probably have some serious misgivings about shipping the item and have continual fears of it being stolen at some point along the way to its rightful owner.

Each party should know what the possibilities are about the item being lost and what should occur should the item become lost or stolen. The buyer must file all paperwork but the shipping documents that the owner has should help to settle the matter properly. The seller should never ship to Post Office Boxes because the correct person might not pick up the item.
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