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Shipping: Cost Considerations When Buying An Exhibit

Your initial purchase price for a new exhibit is just the tip of the iceberg. During the purchasing process, you must also think about how your decision will affect shipping, drayage, setup and storage costs in the long run. Some factors to consider:

  • Shipping and drayage costs are directly related to the weight of your exhibit. The more it weighs, the more it costs to move around. The physical size of your exhibit also affects shipping costs, but the main factor is weight.
  • Setup costs are determined by the complexity of your exhibit equipment. Does your exhibit have a lot of small pieces and parts that must be assembled? Is the assembly particularly tedious? What kind of tools are required? Do you need equipment to place headers or overhead signage?

Storage costs are determined by the size or bulk of your crates. If your exhibit packs down into more compact containers, it will take up less room and cost less to store.

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