||Bell Corso 120
||Loewe Opta 4710
||Graetz Sinfonia 522
||Saba Wildbad 125
||Tesla Talisman 305
Three radios arrived with some damage, which was quite well repairable in these cases.
The Loewe Opta 4710 arrived with its power transformer being ripped of the chassis, probably not all screws had been there and I didn't check the inside of the radio.
The Aristona SA3221 lost its output tube because it fell out of its socket and was smashed, fortunately without damaging other parts.
The Telefunken D657 had its cabinet (fortunately the bottom) scratched by the power plug that had been pushed against it. Always put the power plug inside the cabinet!
You will more often be limited by the dimension limit. For rectangular packets the Postal Dimension is defined as Length plus Circumference. This basically means that the largest dimension counts once, but the two smaller dimensions count twice. An example packet of 30x40x60 cm has a Length of 60 (largest of the dimensions) and a circumference of 140 (2 times 30+40) so the Postal Dimension is 200cm. Almost all countries have a 200cm limit on the Postal Dimension. Singapore has a 300cm limit; this means the people in Singapore are very happy because they can receive larger radios by mail. You see in my list that I export radios to Singapore relatively frequently. According to the 2001 edition of the World Radio and TV Handbook, Singapore (population 2.9 mil) has about 822,000 radios. This makes Singapore the world's leading country in its density of radios obtained from Gerard's Radio Corner.
Before packing, make sure no loose parts can cause damage, such as the plug (see above).
To prevent scratches on the surface of the radio from contact with the first box, I wrap the radio (a Graetz Sarabanda in this case) in some old linen cloth and put it in the box, which is made to fit using knife and tape.
Then put it in the second box, using styrofoam drops or blocks as a filler.
Whenever I sell a radio the 3M and Tesa stocks fly skyhigh, because I use a lot of tape to close the packet.
Finally the packet has to be taken to the post office. The staff there knows me very well by now and trust me for knowing the international regulations better then they do. I mostly ship by boat, but in the past sometimes shipped by air which is of course faster but also more expensive.
After shipping there is an exciting waiting period. The buyer usually informs me when the radio has arrived, which is always a comforting message for me.