Quoted from Ericpinballfan:
Another one^^^^^...2 posts up
Such a shame bad advice...
I respect the experience above. However, its not your money, if yould like to ship it in for Op and there's no damage, then charge him only shipping, this would be only reason to do it.
A lot of guys dont realize that after pick up and a couple guys loading your pin in truck, 2 guys to muscle that thing around. Well at end of day they park truck and new guy gets it following day. Now your pin will not be delivered on that same truck as pick up. Cargo is often unloaded 2 to 3 times at STI depending on distance. More guys muscling your machine around dragging on legs. When on pallet its easier to move into next truck. We have a vision of putting pin on truck and that same truck shows up at house. Does not work that way. Only if under 150 miles.
Of course it's not the same truck and crew. Shipping doesn't work that way. Even if you move your entire household belongings 1000 miles away as I just did...they empty and load multiple times. It's the complicated world of shipping logistics to keep costs down (supposedly). If you want something delivered long distance by the same person/vehicle that loaded it you're either going to need a lot of money or luck. There are some guys here that move games as a side job but there are risks involved there as well. As for games shipped on a pallet, believe it or not I have had a much higher rate of damage that way for one reason: forklifts. And yes they will sometimes use a forklift on games with legs on, but most of the time forklift operators in warehouses have the forks set a foot or so off the ground. If they swing around and hit a pinball leg it's not a big deal...but if they swing around into a palleted pinball it's going through the cardboard (and possibly crate) and hitting the cabinet.
But yes, I agree people should do whatever they are most comfortable with. My input on the matter is backed by 20 years of experience so take it for whatever that's worth.