This really should be a "sticky" on every forum like this but here goes ...
THE FOLLOWING IS A MUST READ:
This is the way I'd like people selling on eBay to pack, to follow the above guidelines. You'd then have a much higher chance of everything arriving intact at your doorstep. THUMBS UP!
In fact, DO send the links to whomever you're dealing with, having stuff shipped by.
EDIT: While certain oversized and really heavy items indeed must be crated and / or shipped on a pallet via truck, freight etc, for best protection, it's good to know much info exists on typical shipping as well.
(Do read many of the EXCELLENT discussion posts in that second link as well).
***I reserve the right to BUMP this thread, once in a while.. ***