Tips to know when buying/selling or shipping a mini fridge

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Tips to know when buying/selling or shipping a mini fridge

Post  vanvalks on Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:03 am

1. Make sure the fridge is packaged well! At 50lbs+ a flimsy box with inadequate packaging has little chance of arriving at it's destination undamaged. These fridges dents/break easily! Double-wall boxes with at LEAST 2" of packaging material around all sides is highly recommended.
2. Label the box "fragile" and "this side up" so the fridge will have a better chance of remaining upright the whole journey. Not recommended to lay these fridges on their sides for extended periods!
3. Get an accurate description and plenty of pictures before buying. One persons "excellent" might be your "dirty and stinky".
4. Ask for a date of manufacture- not all fridges will have this, but if available it will give you a good idea of the age of the fridge.
5. After unplugging a mini fridge before shipping leave the door open for a day to let the moisture escape to prevent mold and mildew.
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Example of packaging a delicate fridge

Post  vanvalks on Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:16 am

Tip: U-Haul sells nice double-wall boxes MUCH cheaper than UPS shipping stores!

Started by wrapping the fridge with stretch wrap to protect the glass from scratches
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2" High density foam underneath the fridge, same 2" layer will go on top
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Fridge packed with 1" high density foam on all sides (2" top and bottom) and inside double wall box (double boxed the fridge- this is just the inside box) (Also made sure the cord/plug was on the outside of the fridge it didn't damage the fridge in transport)
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Final packaging. Outside double-wall box, 1" foam between outside and inside boxes, 1" foam between inside box and fridge. (I also added "this side up" stickers before dropping at the shipping terminal)
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This all glass Red Bull fridge is more fragile then most mini fridges so I went a little overkill to make sure it didn't break in transport.
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