If you no longer need your car seat and you want to recuperate a part of your investment by selling it, you may need to have an idea about how you can ship the car seat. If you use a popular site like eBay for selling the car seat, the sale price should also include the car seat shipping cost, because it’s very likely that you will find a buyer that lives far away from your residence.
If you have found a buyer that lives across country or if you want to send the car seat as a gift to a friend that lives far away, you will first of all have to prepare the car seat for shipping. Ideal is to still have the original box of the seat. If you don’t have it anymore you will just have to purchase a quality box in a store like Wal-Mart or Office Depot. To make sure you choose the right box you will have to measure the height and the width of the car seat before you go shopping. A box which is too small will obviously be of no good, and if you purchase a huge one, you might end up having to pay more money for the shipping because you will have an oversized package.
After you get the right box, you will have to properly place the car seat in the box and use some packing material, because otherwise the car seat might be damaged during the shipment. You can use bagged air or the traditional bubble wrap you can find at any office supply store. Remember to take care of this aspect because otherwise your seller will be unhappy or the person who you want to surprise with a gift will no longer be able to take advantage of your generous offer.
Before shipping the car seat you will have to measure and weigh it, just to have an idea of how much the shipping will cost. If you want to ship the car seat through the US Postal Services and if you want to avoid having to pay extra because you have an oversized package, you need to make sure the package doesn’t have more than 108 inches (if you’re sending it via priority mail) or 130 inches if you go for parcel post. To get an accurate shipping quote you will have to visit the UPS website, enter the dimensions and the weight of your package and you will have your answer. If you are interested in other shippers as well, you should visit their website and look for the section that allows getting a shipping quote. An alternative would be FedEx. Obviously, if you take the time to do some comparison shopping, you should choose the most convenient option.
After making a final decision you will have to take the package to the company you chose to take care of your car seat shipping and the clerk there will help you with all the documents and ask you to pay a certain fee.
If you want to buy a car seat and you are worried about the shipping cost involved, I can tell you that most online stores offer for most models free shipping within continental United States. For example infant-car-seats.com offers free shipping for any car seat model you buy from a brand like Britax, Peg Perego and Recaro. For the Evenflo, Graco, Combi and Nania car seats it charges $9.95 per shipping and for other car seat accessories you may want to buy, no matter the quantity, it charges $4.95.