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October 18, 2012 1:30 AM   Subscribe

How heavy/bulky/awkward is a 32" flatscreen TV, freshly purchased in the box?

I'm just trying to gauge whether I'll be able to get it home via public transit (bus) if I go out and purchase it this weekend. Surprisingly google is failing me. The nearest location is out of stock for the particular model I desire, meaning I'll have to travel into suburbia. Taking a cab back could cost 100$, which negates the savings from avoiding other local sources.

I'm a relatively healthy 30 yr old male if it helps, and I once moved an entire apartments worth of stuff on the Berlin subway, so I'm very seasoned when it comes to stumbling onto transit with large items and absorbing the death glares of angry commuters.
posted by mannequito to Shopping (12 answers total)
 
Box Dimensions: 38"L x 8"W x 26"D
posted by KokuRyu at 1:42 AM on October 18, 2012


A brief search of TVs on Amazon suggest that you'll be carrying a skinny box about 30 lbs, give or take.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:46 AM on October 18, 2012


hot damn, quick responses at 1:30 am. thanks guys.

somehow I was thinking there'd be a mess of extra packaging/weight, but I guess that's a result of not owning a tv for a decade.

ps KokuRyu - way to 'think outside the box' with the moving company site!
posted by mannequito at 1:49 AM on October 18, 2012


Most tv boxes come with some sort of handle arrangement, but take some packing tape in case you need to make some in a hurry. Weight varies but between 8 and 12 kilo's is certainly in the ballpark. To be honest, I'd be more worried about being mugged than anything else.
posted by ninazer0 at 1:49 AM on October 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


thanks ninazero, I'm already planning to bring my skateboard, originally for transportation aid, but also now to whack potential muggers over the head.
posted by mannequito at 1:53 AM on October 18, 2012


Not to give away trade secrets, but I just Googled > 32" flat screen TV box dimensions, and it was the first answer.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:53 AM on October 18, 2012


From personal experience, I recently transported (boxed) a 32" Visio television in the back seat area of a Honda civic coupe, and carried it solo upstairs. You'll be fine.
posted by ShutterBun at 3:29 AM on October 18, 2012


Bring a strap with hooks on each end (possibly just a bungee cord). There should be hand holds at each end of the box, strap the cord across it and carry it like a portfolio case. Eg: http://www.babyshack.com/product_images/Radian_Carry_Strap.jpg
posted by blue_beetle at 6:21 AM on October 18, 2012


somehow I was thinking there'd be a mess of extra packaging/weight, but I guess that's a result of not owning a tv for a decade.

Maybe this has changed in the last couple of years, or maybe it is different for retail TVs boxes vs. mail order from Amazon, but my 37" Samsung TV box was huge. Probably 6" of foam on every side, which made it totally require two people to carry.
posted by smackfu at 7:14 AM on October 18, 2012


I'm a 5'4" male and I've carried my 32" Samsung on the subway home from Best Buy, then a couple blocks to new apartment, then in the backseat of a cab to another new apartment. It was a piece of cake every time.
posted by Smallpox at 7:50 AM on October 18, 2012


Maybe this has changed in the last couple of years

Actually, it has changed. Flatscreen TV boxes are ridiculously small and without much padding these days. As the prices (and profit margins) on them have plummeted, the box size has as well, probably so they can pack as many as possible on a shipping container.
posted by zsazsa at 11:26 AM on October 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Piece of cake. blue beetle's bungee cord idea was genius, made it so easy to carry that I didn't even bother waiting for my second bus, just walked it home the 8 or so blocks (and got a lot of laughter/thumbs up from people at stoplights)!
posted by mannequito at 3:31 PM on October 20, 2012


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