The best way to ship a CPU is with an online shipping service. They will provide the packaging, insurance, and tracking information for you so that your CPU arrives safely at its destination.
There are many different options available depending on how much of a risk you want to take when sending this delicate item through the mail.
Some services offer free insurance while others charge extra for it but have more reliable courier companies and faster shipping speeds. Make sure you do some research before deciding which company works for you!
How To Ship a CPU | Step by Step Guide
Step 1: Take the original box and put packing labels on it. If you don’t have one, you can go to USPS.com and purchase one for around $0.50.
– Put the original box inside another box that’s at least 2x the size of the original box.
– Place foam peanuts or bubble wrap in between the two boxes, so there is a layer of protection between the two boxes.
– Cut a hole in the side of the new outer box for each corner of the original CPU box so you can see how much room there is inside to fill with foam peanuts or bubble wrap.
– Cut a piece of cardboard to fill up any space between your CPU and where it will be sitting inside the new box.
– Use packing tape to seal up any openings in the outer box so no peanuts fall out when you ship it.
Step 2: Purchase a CPU package and place the CPU inside of it. If you don’t have one, they cost about $2 on eBay (Newegg also sells them). You may want to purchase one if you plan to ship multiple CPUs.
Step 3: Pack the CPU package and your original box with foam peanuts or bubble wrap so that there is a layer of protection between each item. After this step, your packages should look like how they do below:
Step 4: Place both boxes next to each other side by side with a gap between them. Shoot video showing how much space there is between the box and the foam peanuts or bubble wrap.
– Place a piece of cardboard on top of one of the boxes to create some pressure on it. This will ensure that if you drop the package, which happens quite often with shipping by USPS, your item inside doesn’t get damaged.
– Make sure you shoot video so you can prove later that no damage was done to your CPU while shipping it. It would help if you also documented how much space is between each item if there are any injuries to the CPU when you receive it (very unlikely).
Step 5: Use packing tape to seal up gaps and cracks in both boxes where you don’t want foam peanuts or bubble wrap falling out.
Step 6: Take a picture of how much space there is between the shipping label, the CPU box, and foam peanuts/bubble wrap inside each package. You will need to prove later that you included enough packing material if your item gets damaged when shipped.
Step 7: Put stickers towards the top of the outer box so that they don’t get covered up by other packaging materials over time (if your item does get damaged).
The more information you have about who sent it to who, what was inside, and when it was sent, the better chance you have at getting compensated for damages.
Step 8: Place stickers on the other side of your boxes and package so that they don’t become unreadable if they get thrown around or damaged throughout shipment.
The more information you have about how much space there is between the box and the foam peanuts or bubble wrap, the better it will prove that you sent an item in good condition.
DO NOT attach any shipping labels directly to your CPU. Instead, put them inside a ziplock bag and tape them underneath the CPU box so they won’t get damaged when shipped.
Attach a thermal receipt to one side of your CPU using packing tape. Shipment usually takes at least 3 weeks for items mailed by USPS Priority Mail with insurance. You may want to ship your item through UPS or FedEx if you need it there in a shorter amount of time.
Step 9: Drop the package at your local post office on how much space there is between the box and the foam peanuts or bubble wrap. Be sure to check whether they take drop-off shipments, ask for insurance, and get a tracking number if you’re concerned about damages.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to record yourself shooting videos from start to finish! This will ensure that your CPU makes it safely to its destination. Once your friend receives their CPU, make sure that they test it out by running Prime95 before burning them an OS installation CD (if necessary).
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Shipping a CPU can be tricky, but it should go smoothly with the proper preparation and packing materials. This how-to guide will walk you through how to ship a CPU in 9 easy steps so that your package arrives safely at its destination.
The first thing you’ll need is an original box for shipping – if possible, purchase one before attempting this how-to guide. If not, then don’t worry!
You can still get by without one as long as you have enough bubble wrap or foam peanuts on hand to do some DIY packaging of your own.