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  • Isaac10991
    started a topic Shipping small carvings

    Shipping small carvings

    Hi guys.
    I'm pqarticipating in the 2018 ornie exchange and wanted to know the cheapest option to ship my carving (4.5 in tall 1 inch wide and not thick at all.) Would newspaper and normal envalopes work?

  • mpounders
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    Sturdy pieces of cardboard or even a thin piece of 1/4" plywood or foam board can provide support for something that is fairly flat and would fit in a padded envelope.

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  • Spiritwolfe
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    Originally posted by toycarver View Post
    You can ship an item that is less than 11 oz First class. A small carving could be bubble wrapped and inside a padded envelope, and should make it just fine. The smaller packages like that are kept seperate from the parcels and are less likely to,get damaged. I recently mailed two small carvings in a sturdy box, about the size of a check book box, From WA to AK. Cost was only $3.50. It will get there just as fast as Priority, which would have been more than twice the price. FYI, I am a retired mail carrier.
    Yes! It’s the least expensive by far.

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  • Spiritwolfe
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    I go to the dollar store and purchase bubble wrap envelopes like the picture you see. They are 3 for $1.25. I then usually put the item in a card or lightly wrap it in newspaper. I then mail it as ‘large evelope’ and it’s far cheaper than purchasing those prepaid posting boxes. I sent out both my ornaments for under $5 Canadian

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  • toycarver
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    You can ship an item that is less than 11 oz First class. A small carving could be bubble wrapped and inside a padded envelope, and should make it just fine. The smaller packages like that are kept seperate from the parcels and are less likely to,get damaged. I recently mailed two small carvings in a sturdy box, about the size of a check book box, From WA to AK. Cost was only $3.50. It will get there just as fast as Priority, which would have been more than twice the price. FYI, I am a retired mail carrier.

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  • Steve Reed
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    Sam is exactly right. I do the same thing to ship my small items. Go to the USPS web site, and they will send you boxes for free. An added bonus is that you can get the small flat-rate boxes that aren't available at the Office. Another option is to go to a grocery store or Walmart and get some small boxes, they are usually inexpensive, and if you mail them 1st class, postage is real inexpensive.
    Good luck
    Steve
    Last edited by Steve Reed; 10-11-2018, 08:53 PM. Reason: Added info

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  • Sam
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    When I shipped a lot I always used the USPS Priority Mail and their free boxes. I would place an order on the web site for various sizes and they would deliver them to my house FREE. There are free envelopes too.

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  • Bob K.
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    It depends on how fragile the ornaments is. If I ship something that is flat and not too fragile I use padded envelopes (never had a problem). If it is larger or more fragile I use a box with bubble wrap. Like Claude said, you can get 25 boxes at a time that will run you around 0.50 cents each. I use 8" x 6" x 4" boxes that ship for around $3.60 on average.

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  • woodburner807
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    I want to re-emphasize the use of lots of bubble wrap and boxes. I ship everything from delicate electronics to my business wood made stuff, even overseas. Never had anything break for many decades. Lots of bubble wrap and decent boxes, like the Office flat rate boxes. Paper and newspaper do not work for any shipping protection.

    Yeah, beating the point to death.

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  • lionslair
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    I got a box Saturday that had maybe 12" of heavy wrapping paper on top, then the box and a layer of sheet wrapping for the bottom. You guessed it - the bottom takes a beating and shattered the ceramic cooking pan lid that was on the bottom of the padded internal box. If half the paper were under or closed cell foam board it would have made it. On a small item - remember a bigger item can put the squeeze on it as it conveyors around the sorting building. Think waterfalls from one belt to another. Heavy box after a padded envelope is nothing if paper inside. Fragile item - it would not make it. That is my 25cent trip.

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  • dogcatcher
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    Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
    Dollar Tree store bubble wrap solves most of my shipping/packing needs. Plus I ship via USPS Priority mail...flat rate boxes.
    Same here, it is hard to smash the small flat rate USPS box whne stuffed with bubble wrap.

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  • woodburner807
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    Dollar Tree store bubble wrap solves most of my shipping/packing needs. Plus I ship via USPS Priority mail...flat rate boxes.

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  • Claude
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    "Might...", but it's not a very good bet. At a minimum, I would use one of the padded envelopes such as https://www.officedepot.com/a/produc...aft-Self-Seal/

    When I mail off small carvings, I normally wrap them in bubble wrap and then put them in a small box (7 x 4 x 2 inches). I also put one of my business cards in the box with it, so (just in case) the USPS can send it back to me if the address label is destroyed.

    My wife is disabled and does most of her shopping via the internet. I save all the smaller boxes and recycle them to mail out my carvings. Still need to buy more, but they are not that expensive to buy in bulk. This is one that I buy https://www.officedepot.com/a/produc...ted-Cartons-7/ Just $0.52 each when buying a pack of 25.

    Claude
    Last edited by Claude; 10-07-2018, 07:04 PM.

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