From: Neil Harrington on

"Rita Berkowitz" <ritaberk2008(a)aol.com> wrote in message
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> Neil Harrington wrote:
>

>
>> I've bought an awful lot of stuff on eBay, but I think the heaviest
>> item I ever bought was about 25 lbs., and that was very unusual.
>
> Than you would have barked at the last item I sold that weighed in at
> 2,300#. All freight items are shipped on the buyer's account that they
> pay
> directly for shipping. I just have it on the dock to be rolled onto the
> truck once the BOL is provided. I refuse to get into the shipping
> business.

Well, speaking of selling heavy stuff (but not that heavy) --

I am going to part with my much-loved Durst A300 (it almost breaks my heart
to do so, but I know I'll never go back to film and it's just sitting there
in the closet) and I'm wondering about how to manage shipping if I decide to
put it up on eBay. It's 35mm only, but it's not a light thing like most 35mm
enlargers -- it is relatively massive, weighs about 45 pounds. I don't have
the original carton, or any other box it would fit in, and I'm wondering how
to get it packaged. I think Staples (which is also the local UPS center) has
some sort of packaging service but I don't know how suitable it would be for
shipping an enlarger.

Any thoughts on this?

Neil


From: ASAAR on
On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 08:08:26 -0400, Neil Harrington wrote:

> I am going to part with my much-loved Durst A300 (it almost breaks my heart
> to do so, but I know I'll never go back to film and it's just sitting there
> in the closet) and I'm wondering about how to manage shipping if I decide to
> put it up on eBay. It's 35mm only, but it's not a light thing like most 35mm
> enlargers -- it is relatively massive, weighs about 45 pounds. I don't have
> the original carton, or any other box it would fit in, and I'm wondering how
> to get it packaged. I think Staples (which is also the local UPS center) has
> some sort of packaging service but I don't know how suitable it would be for
> shipping an enlarger.

I don't know if it's anything like my old (smaller) Durst 606, but
that one could be easily disassembled IIRC, into three pieces with
simple tools.

From: Neil Harrington on

"ASAAR" <caught(a)22.com> wrote in message
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> On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 08:08:26 -0400, Neil Harrington wrote:
>
>> I am going to part with my much-loved Durst A300 (it almost breaks my
>> heart
>> to do so, but I know I'll never go back to film and it's just sitting
>> there
>> in the closet) and I'm wondering about how to manage shipping if I decide
>> to
>> put it up on eBay. It's 35mm only, but it's not a light thing like most
>> 35mm
>> enlargers -- it is relatively massive, weighs about 45 pounds. I don't
>> have
>> the original carton, or any other box it would fit in, and I'm wondering
>> how
>> to get it packaged. I think Staples (which is also the local UPS center)
>> has
>> some sort of packaging service but I don't know how suitable it would be
>> for
>> shipping an enlarger.
>
> I don't know if it's anything like my old (smaller) Durst 606, but
> that one could be easily disassembled IIRC, into three pieces with
> simple tools.

Yep, it can be disassembled (and would have to be shipped that way of
course), but would still require larger and sturdier stuff to pack it in
than I have. As I recall (I bought it maybe 30 years ago from the old Wall
St. Camera Exchange) it came in quite a large carton. I've shipped a great
many cameras, lenses etc. but never anything of this size and weight.

I know the column comes off the base easily, but I'm not so sure about the
head. I *think* it came with the head already in place, on account of the
autofocus mechanism. But I haven't even looked at it in years.

Neil

Neil


From: William E. Graham on

"ASAAR" <caught(a)22.com> wrote in message
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> On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 08:08:26 -0400, Neil Harrington wrote:
>
>> I am going to part with my much-loved Durst A300 (it almost breaks my
>> heart
>> to do so, but I know I'll never go back to film and it's just sitting
>> there
>> in the closet) and I'm wondering about how to manage shipping if I decide
>> to
>> put it up on eBay. It's 35mm only, but it's not a light thing like most
>> 35mm
>> enlargers -- it is relatively massive, weighs about 45 pounds. I don't
>> have
>> the original carton, or any other box it would fit in, and I'm wondering
>> how
>> to get it packaged. I think Staples (which is also the local UPS center)
>> has
>> some sort of packaging service but I don't know how suitable it would be
>> for
>> shipping an enlarger.
>
> I don't know if it's anything like my old (smaller) Durst 606, but
> that one could be easily disassembled IIRC, into three pieces with
> simple tools.
>
Film scanner + computer = enlarger. - Is there really any market for these
things anymore?

From: ASAAR on
On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:59:32 -0700, William E. Graham wrote:

> Film scanner + computer = enlarger. - Is there really any market for these
> things anymore?

Yep, but it's a small market made up of (I suppose) mostly
photographers that want to continue using their film cameras.

Correction - that applies only to the scanner. Computers aren't
in the endangered species category. Others that might also want
film scanners include digital shooters that want to scan and then
archive their old film negatives and/or slides.