Shipping

Tips for safely shipping typewriters

Plastic grocery bags are never appropriate packing material!

Portable

  • Secure the carriage if possible, by activating the carriage lock or moving margins to the middle
  • Put the machine in caps/shift lock position
  • Stuff crumpled paper into the type basket, where the type bars are
  • Secure the typewriter in the case, engaging any internal latches availablle. If case is soft-sided or missing, follow desktop instructions below
  • Fill void space within the case with crumpled paper or bubble wrap
  • Wrap the case with several layers of bubble wrap
  • Choose a box at least 2" larger than the case in every dimension
  • Place case into box, filling void space with crumpled paper or packing peanuts

Desktop

It's really best not to ship these, due to their size and weight. If you must, at a minimum, follow these tips.

  • Secure the carriage if possible, by activating the carriage lock or moving margins to the middle
  • Put the machine in caps/shift lock position
  • Stuff crumpled paper into the type basket, where the type bars are
  • Wrap the machine (or soft-sided case) with several layers of bubble wrap
  • Place it into an inner box that fits as closely as possible, filling void space as well as possible
  • Choose an outer box at least 2" larger in every dimension
  • Place inner box into outer box, filling void space with crumpled paper or packing peanuts

Insure the shipment for full purchase price, because carriers can still damage typewriters even with careful packing.