How to ship items properly

Q: What should I do when I ship fragile items?

A: If you are using US Postal Service, request them not to use the automatic sorting machine. It will be done by hand instead and will reduce the chance of bumps and drops on the automatic machinery. If using UPS or FedEx, request a "Fragile" sticker.

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Q: What material should I use for shipping?

A: I recommend that every house have a good paper shredder (do not use one that stripes for shredding paper with confidential information). Also, you can shred non-confidential material like magazines, or use crumbled paper as shipping filler. Just keep in mind that either shredded or crumbled paper can move and slide in the package and expose the item inside to one of the sides of the package (any hits will not be then buffered by the paper). For electronic and likewise fragile materials, I recommend a combination of taped large bubbles sheet and crumbled paper, possibly fixed with tape so nothing slides within the package. Shells are marginally better than shredded or crumbled paper, but are much more expensive.

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