I came accross this hatbox supplier. They do custom made boxes and they look beautiful!
Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the link.
I have seen these before. They are beautiful, unfortunately too expensive for me.
Another supplier in the UK
I've seen articles from postal workers, baggage handlers, and shippers of anything fragile, and what they say, is that if you want to make sure your box is tossed around, write the word 'fragile' on the top :(( Maybe it's just one or two, but I'm not taking any chances!!
So because of this, I always write the word 'Please' above it, just in case they are having a bad day. Maybe it adds a little insurance :)
When last parcel shipped out to Stores before Melbourne Cup I add a note on top "Thanks Mr Fastway (courier company) for caring for my parcels" plus give my loyal pick up guy a something for Christmas - gave him a quick-make fascinator for his wife just before busy Melb Cup one year. Everyone appreciates a thank you. To all the Australian Milliners -I recommend "Fastway" - they have never let me down in almost 20yrs.
In my experience, in the U.S., DHL and FedEx seem to have a better track record with packages than USPS (United States Postal Service) and UPS. UPS will destroy your package, not return the destroyed package, and then charge you for shipping it. They are the worst. Luckily when I had this problem with them, it was just a bunch of papers, which I could easily duplicate.
You bring up a good point, Elaine. All the mailing/shipping companies are not created equal. Before the Internet, I used shipping services everyday. There are big differences, and the larger companies don't necessarily have better service.
When mailing hats, I've made a cardboard cone (with the top cut off so that it's not pointy) that the hat rests on it the box to keep the brim from resting flat. This 'cone' has been well secured to the bottom of the box with tape. Not the prettiest thing in the world but I'm sure people are happy to sacrifice the internal asethics of a hat box for a non-damaged hat.