I'm relocating from the Toronto area to Amsterdam in a few months, and there's some things I'd like to bring with me. I'm already hitting my checked-luggage allowance on other stuff (most notably a bicycle), but still would like to bring my computers (and peripherals, if possible) with me when I relocate.
Punching in an approximate raw weight and size value for my equipment (2 desktops + 5 monitors) for Fedex/Purolator-type services gives me a shipping cost of about CAD$800. Private cargo forwarding services give me a quote for about $300 if I palletize the lot (which I'm willing to do - I have access to pallets and basically everything I'd need except a pump lift/forklift). If I can do it on a pallet, there's probably more I'd ship as well - a second bicycle, and likely some other odds and ends.
Question is, does anyone here have any better ideas? Ideally, I'd like to avoid breaking down my gear if possible, just because of the amount of it and the fact that some of it is already rather temperamental (yes, really). Packing a bike for air travel is OK, but unscrewing computers into individual parts is not because it's a lot of work and more of a PITA than it's really worth.