Remote controls are handy devices that allow users to operate electronic appliances from a distance, eliminating the need to come near the appliance and tinker with its buttons and switches manually. The television is one of the first consumer electronics that comes with its own remote control device.
Today, remote controls have become a standard in almost every home appliances and come in every package of stereo systems, DVD players and air conditioning units. In fact, most of these modern devices will be virtually useless without their remote controls which contain all the essential function buttons while the appliance itself has only a handful of primary controls.
Because of their indispensable role in operating home appliances, many manufacturers include remote control repair in their after-sales services. If your remote control is busted and you are planning to send it to the authorized repair center, here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship remote control devices to ensure that they arrive intact and do not incur any further damages during transit.
Before packing, remove batteries from the remote control device. Most batteries are considered hazardous materials and including them in your package may pose issues at the post office or shipping company. To prevent any problems, take them out of your remote control.
Inspect the item and ensure that it has all its removable components such as the cover for the battery compartment. Place the remote control inside a Ziploc bag and seal. If the item has any broken or detached parts, make sure to include them inside the bag.
Wrap the bagged remote control in a couple of layers of bubble wrap. Use tape to secure the wrap in place, ensuring that all parts are well cushioned.
Get a sturdy cardboard shipping box that is at least three inches larger than the remote control. Fill its bottom with a 2-inch layer of packing peanuts. Place the wrapped remote control on top of the peanuts, in the center of the box. Then fill the entire box with more packing peanuts until there is no space to move inside.
Close the box and secure the flaps and seams, including the ones in the bottom, with packaging tape. Address and label the package. Take the box to your local post office or shipping company.