Properly packaging a fragile product for shipping can be a tedious and annoying process. But taking shortcuts is never a good idea.

The TV in the photographs below was shipped to a third party repair center for service. The person who packed up and shipped this TV must have been a professional… idiot. They might as well have shipped this poor HDTV using bowling balls or rocks as padding. For future reference, here’s a photo tutorial on how NOT to ship a Plasma or LCD HDTV.

The photos were taken upon arrival at the repair center for insurance purposes.

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Poorly wrapped package arrives at the repair center.
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View from the side shows the lack of padding.
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Does this box even have a bottom?
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Box looks very worn. We wonder what’s inside.
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Yikes! The TV screen is cracked in multiple places.
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More damage and dents in the rear.
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Closer inspection show just how bad the screen damage is.

This TV had issues before shipping. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been sent to the repair center in the first place. However, the lack of proper packaging obviously contributed to additional damage. Hopefully these photos help educate anyone who might need to ship a TV in the future.

NERD NOTE: HDTV technology was first introduced in the US during the 1990s by a group of electronics companies called the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance.