Going to send a laptop to Spain, how's the best way to do it?

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  • MrDigital 22 Feb 2013 13:20:45 1,882 posts
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    Good afternoon, EG Hivemind! I've never really send such a large item internationally before so I'm bit unsure of what to do.

    The package will includes the laptop (usual 15.7" size) and the power charger.

    Should I send this as a large parcel very well insulated with bubble wrap, or is it better to use a small box?

    Also, which sender should I use? My first thought was ParcelForce, but once again, I'm not entirely knowledgeable about the market so I'm not aware of alternatives.

    Any help would be great,
    Cheers Guys.

    Edited by Geesh at 13:21:04 22-02-2013
  • nickthegun 22 Feb 2013 13:21:12 63,915 posts
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    Send it over the Si, Senor.
  • THFourteen 22 Feb 2013 13:23:07 36,679 posts
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    Donkey or Llama
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 22 Feb 2013 13:25:27 42,112 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Send it over the Si, Senor.
    Oh good God. I should ban you for that one.
  • Deleted user 22 February 2013 13:27:00
    Are you a mod now?
  • heyyo 22 Feb 2013 13:27:54 14,364 posts
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    The best way is in a foam lined flight case, shipped with UPS.
  • Tonka 22 Feb 2013 13:31:24 22,830 posts
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    Buy a cheap ass RyanAir ticket and take it there personally.
    Or treat one of your friends/relatives to a free trip to Spain.
  • Ultrasoundwave 22 Feb 2013 13:39:17 3,747 posts
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  • kentmonkey 22 Feb 2013 13:40:57 21,259 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    Buy a cheap ass RyanAir ticket and take it there personally.
    This is probably the most cost-efficient way. Even if you only stay for a couple of hours to see friends/family out there, or just take in a few sights for a few hours and come home.
  • sport 22 Feb 2013 13:44:56 13,044 posts
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    Why are you sending a good, solid British laptop to some foreigner?
  • Tonka 22 Feb 2013 13:46:44 22,830 posts
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    I love how in Cryptonomicon anything British is made of cast iron.

    /drunk
  • Mr_Sleep 22 Feb 2013 13:56:48 18,168 posts
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    Catapult!

    In my previous job we used to send stuff all the time, one thing to bear in mind is to ring your courier of choice and ask them what the rules are on sending the battery. Some places are funny about batteries as they are hazardous materials.

    Personally I'd use FedEx or ParcelForce. UPS are shite, avoid like the plague.
  • shadowaspect 22 Feb 2013 14:57:04 157 posts
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    Parcelforce is just the UK courier, it gets handled by GLS (www.gls-group.eu) in Europe. Haven't had many problems with them in the years I've been working in mail-order. Fedex are certainly top but it can cost a bit.

    Edited by shadowaspect at 14:57:25 22-02-2013
  • MrDigital 22 Feb 2013 15:01:38 1,882 posts
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    @shadowaspect @Mr_Sleep

    Mr_Sleep wrote:
    Catapult!

    In my previous job we used to send stuff all the time, one thing to bear in mind is to ring your courier of choice and ask them what the rules are on sending the battery. Some places are funny about batteries as they are hazardous materials.

    Personally I'd use FedEx or ParcelForce. UPS are shite, avoid like the plague.
    shadowaspect wrote:
    Parcelforce is just the UK courier, it gets handled by GLS (www.gls-group.eu) in Europe. Haven't had many problems with them in the years I've been working in mail-order. Fedex are certainly top but it can cost a bit.
    Think I will use ParcelForce in that case :)

    But for sending a laptop and it's charger (although no battery is being sent), what do you recommend for packaging it? And do you think it will cost a tidy bob?
  • dominalien 22 Feb 2013 16:37:13 7,477 posts
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    Bubble wrap and a carton box of similar size, all wrapped in transparent plastic foil.

    I just checked on a courier aggregate site and shipping from here to Spain with UPS is about 25 pounds. May be similar from the UK.
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