Handy Online Tool: Pirate Ship
Inevitably during remote exhibition installations, a graphic gets left behind, or a missing exhibit piece needs to be shipped to a distant museum site.
Unfortunately, shipping an odd-shaped and/or heavy package quickly (and cheaply!) often turns into an expensive hassle.
Fortunately, one of my museum pals recently made me aware of the online service called Pirate Ship.
You simply go to the Pirate Ship website, enter information about the size and weight of your package, and the website generates a set of options for shipping your package that can save you up to 80% off standard UPS or USPS shipping rates.
You print the shipping label out yourself, and the Pirate Ship service is free and pay-as-you-go, so there are no ongoing costs or subscription charges.
The next time you get caught in an exhibition or installation shipping jam, give Pirate Ship a try!
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