Whether you sold your PlayStation 3 or need to ship it to a repair shop, properly packing the console helps ensure it arrives safely. Although you can't account for freak accidents and mistakes, you can safeguard yourself and the receiver by using the proper box, packing materials and shipping methods.
Choosing Your Box
If you still have the box your PlayStation 3 came it, consider using that because it's of the ideal size. Ebay recommends placing your PlayStation 3 box inside a larger box with padding for extra protection. The PS3 Repair Shop website suggests sending your PS3 in for repairs using a FedEx laptop shipping box. Although they're designed for laptops, tearing out some of the extra foam leaves you with a well-padded box big enough to fit a PS3 console inside. If you're shipping accessories like multiple controllers and games, the laptop box won't be large enough. Without a cushioned box, you'll have to rely on proper packing to ensure safe shipping.
Preparing Your Console
When it comes to protecting a valuable PlayStation 3 during shipping, there's no such thing as overkill. Bubble wrap is your friend, here. Wrap your console, cords, games and accessories separately. Wrap the console two or three times to give it extra padding on all sides. Once everything is separately wrapped, tape the pieces together so the individual pieces don't shift around during shipping.
Ebay's rule-of-thumb is to prepare the console to survive a one-foot drop, just in case. If you don't have shipping peanuts, use something else to protect the console from shock, like crumpled up newspaper. Place a layer of your packing material in the bottom of the box and set the PS3 near the middle, so it's protected on all sides by the peanuts. Once your PS3 is inside the box, place additional padding around and on top of the console to protect it on all sides. Seal every opening of the box with packing tape to ensure a tight seal and help keep out moisture.
Whomever you decide to ship with, strongly consider getting a tracking number and insurance for the package. This protects you if your package gets lost, stolen or broken during shipping. Write "fragile" on the box clearly to alert the carrier to the need for careful handling. If you're selling the PS3, also consider getting signature confirmation, where the buyer has to sign for the package upon receiving. This ensures the package is delivered directly to the recipient instead of the carrier leaving your expensive PS3 outside on their doorstep.
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