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17 Jul 2012 - 23:0687829
Commission Postage question
This is really a question to all the commissioners out there. If you're making large cosplay props e.g. a sword or keyblade etc, how do you usually send it in the post as I'd imagine the cost of P&P for a long large item would be extortionate as well as very likely to get damaged.

Purely just wondering out of interest.

Look forward to hearing your techniques.

17 Jul 2012 - 23:0987831
It depends on weight, and where it's coming from. I imagine the size of the box may also be part of this.

If the prop can be made to break down then that will serve as a massive advantage to getting it shipped for less than fully assembled. It could also cut down the risk of breakage AND make it more transportable for you when attending cons. So whereas I dont actually know how much the standard cost for postage is (because of the amount of things you have to factor in) it's usually worth asking the person you are asking to commission for you if they can do this for you.

17 Jul 2012 - 23:1687832
Ah, thanks for the comments. It was purely hypothetical as I'll generally make anything myself and I don't think I'm good enough to do commissions for other people

I just saw someone saying they maybe wanted to get a keyblade commissioned and I was thinking that, depending on how it was made, the P&P could be close to the cost of making the thing. (Read this as I was bored and just thought I'd ask a random question )

21 Jul 2012 - 23:0788041
Bit late to this thread but I would say its best to send large props using parcelforce services! That way they are tracked and guaranteed for a keyblade it would be between £12-16 as a rough estimate! The keyblade would be too long to send with secure royal mail services!

Quite often with my commissions I offer to take them to events like expo if I am going myself Safest way to make sure they get the item

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