View Full Version : Best way to transport an iMac across the country?

11-29-2017, 10:19 PM
I'm moving from NY to LA. I'm planning on shipping my 27" iMac with FedEx. I'm purchasing an original box and I'll build another sturdier box around it for extra support.

Is this the normal method people use for such moves? I don't trust the airline to handle the computer. I'm also hiring a cross country mover to move my belongings and furniture, however I worry about the computer in that situation as well. At least with FedEx I can purchase insurance...right? I'm meeting with the movers tomorrow for an estimate, I'll inquire about insurance with them however I doubt they offer it.

Any other advice, like how much to insure with shipping? Does anyone trust UPS or USPS? I'm planning on putting all other computer related stuff with the movers, like secondary monitors, hard drives, etc. I'll carry my TM backup drive with me on the flight along with my macbook pro, so I won't be out of work if there's a snag.

Thanks for any input and advice.

11-29-2017, 10:46 PM
There are several companies that sell packing boxes for computers. I priced out one for a 27" iMac and if I'm remembering correctly it was around $65.00. You should not need to build another box around it if you buy original packing or from one of the companies that sell it.

I can't advise you about shipping insurance since the many moves I have made in the past were always paid for and insured by my employer. I do know that moving companies provide insurance but you may be better off going to a private insurance company other than the carrier.

Unfortunately things get broken and sometimes lost during long distance and even short moves. I have had better luck with long distance moves than with the shorter ones. I guess it's because the packing for long distance moves is more sturdy. Good luck with your move.

Rod Sprague
11-29-2017, 11:31 PM
It has always driven my wife crazy but I have always kept the boxes from fragile electrical devices (in a collapsed form) so despite the nuisance of storing them whenever we moved I would roll out the original packaging and say wasn't it good I kept this box. My wife would roll her eyes and grudgingly admit ir was handy. Just me i suppose.

11-30-2017, 12:24 AM
I'm with Rod. Best packaging available the original iMac box complete with polystyrene foam packaging inserts.

11-30-2017, 12:57 AM
The problem is (Harry and Rod) that when you purchase a Mac from an Apple Store, you do not get the original boxes or packing. All you get is the show box or packing that is for the sale. Now, if you order direct from Apple and they ship it to you, you will get the original shipping box and packing. Of course, most folks throw that out for one reason or another. Buying original packing from third parties is definitely expensive. However, it is not easy to properly pack to protect a 27" iMac.

When I sent my 21.5" iMac to my son for my granddaughter, I had packing made for it locally. That cost me $15.00 but the shipping charges plus insurance via United Parcel Service was another $60.00.

11-30-2017, 12:23 PM
Thanks for the feedback. And that's good info chscag, I didn't realize that the box you get when you walk out of a store is different from the box they ship it with. I'll inquire about the box before I purchase it. From the looks of it, it seems like a standard iMac box, 2 styrofoam pieces at the bottom and one at the top, inside of an angled box in the shape of the computer.

Unfortunately I threw out the box it was shipped in, should've kept it!!!!

12-01-2017, 10:46 PM
I'm almost certain that you can use DHL to ship the iMac and buy insurance for it in case anything happens. I'm not too sure about FedEx, though.

12-03-2017, 01:43 AM
Just don't forget to do a Carbon Copy Clone (or its equivalent) before you pack it up.

Rod Sprague
12-03-2017, 06:25 AM
And just to add to that caution maybe change your login preferences to show users as a list rather than the default "User name and Password"