|Honestly, I work for FedEx and have had friends there with experience at UPS and Amazon. I’m always FAR more concerned about how the package handlers treat the packages than the machines. Although the machines occasionally will destroy a package, this is rare and they actually treat it fairly gently (if it was packed to any quality whatsoever). 9/10 times when I see a package destroyed it was due to employees doing something absolutely ridiculous. And trust me, I’ve got some stories. That said, my best experience has been with USPS. I always ship through them and recently received a fan through them, on time and unharmed.
William Dunlap wrote:
Once you look into the system that transports your fan, you can begin to understand the forces that it will likely be subjected to. 90% of the handling of your parcel is automated. It goes up and down conveyor belts and routinely dropped into a cart or container and can fall easily 4 feet. Then other parcels are dropped onto it. When shipping across seas via ocean transport, your fan could go the entire distance at the BOTTOM of a 20 or 40 foot container.
Using your imagination to guide your packing of your fan, you can account for the rough handling it will receive.
But things will likely get worse in the USPS before they get better. It is currently under political assault with the intention of disrupting delivery times significantly.
The next couple of months could be the wrong time to ship a fan. Just fair warning.