Shipping method for small weapons using USPS.

Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by spadesss, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. spadesss

    spadesss Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Posts:
    285
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Likes:
    +0
    I would like to get some ideas on how you guys shipped small weapons via USPS.
    Don't need to ship in a box, as it is a waste of money.
    Do you just place it in a white envelope?
    Thanks.
     
  2. BadJeff

    BadJeff Bite my shiny metal ass!

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2006
    Posts:
    539
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Likes:
    +0
    I'd say the envelope is a recipe for disaster. Auto sorting machines will flex the envelope during sorting. Go with the box IMO.
     
  3. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2004
    Posts:
    17,237
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    322
    Likes:
    +31
    Ebay:
    YouTube:
    A small padded envelope will work fine, DON'T use a plain white one.
     
  4. Aernaroth

    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2004
    Posts:
    23,514
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    347
    Likes:
    +140
    I wonder, would wrapping the weapon in a little bit of bubble wrap and then putting it into a normal envelope, rather than using one of the big padded ones, work?
     
  5. Tenebrouser

    Tenebrouser Craft...or is it crap?

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2005
    Posts:
    6,666
    Trophy Points:
    226
    Likes:
    +0
    I wouldn't like that if I were on the receiving end. Bubble envelopes are the best way to go. A pack of 10 is $2-$3 at Wal-Mart.
     
  6. Ruination04

    Ruination04 8 Years Old Since 1984!

    Joined:
    May 15, 2003
    Posts:
    6,111
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    226
    Likes:
    +5
    Ebay:
    This is the best way to go. A member here sent me a metal rod in a white envelope. I got the envelope but the rod was gone and the envelope was ripped into. it got hung up in the sorting machine.
     
  7. Foster

    Foster Super Mod

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2003
    Posts:
    32,069
    News Credits:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +12
    Pimped out for truth.
     
  8. SCPrime

    SCPrime Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2006
    Posts:
    4,134
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    202
    Likes:
    +18
    padded/bubble envelope. You can get one of those for 60 cents at Walmart (cheaper each if you buy a pack of 10). The postage is about $1 too. If I bought some stuff (like TF weapons) that can be sent via this method than I would prefer this as I don't want to pay $5 + to have them shipped by box.
     
  9. bigkid24

    bigkid24 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2003
    Posts:
    3,806
    News Credits:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    201
    Likes:
    +9
    A friend of mine would also use a little card board strip wrapped into a circle to put the weapons on the inside of it. Then put it all into a manila envelope. I did it a couple of times as well but I taped the envelope to reinforce paper so that it would be more puncture proof.
     
  10. lookinglasself

    lookinglasself 1.21 Jigowatts

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2006
    Posts:
    1,106
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Likes:
    +0
    Padded envelope shipped via First Class.
     
  11. Moonstreaker

    Moonstreaker The Evil Triplet

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2007
    Posts:
    3,057
    Trophy Points:
    151
    Likes:
    +0
    Ebay:
    USPS has free boxes at the post office...one is DVD size. That would work perfectly.
     
  12. SMOG

    SMOG Vocab-champion ArgueTitan

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Posts:
    17,587
    Trophy Points:
    297
    Location:
    Robot Narnia, Quebec
    Likes:
    +88
    I'll confirm this. Someone was sending me a leg panel from a Universe Nemesis Prime (mammoth) because he forgot to send it with the toy the first time. He used a plain envelope, and I got the envelope, shredded open, and no part inside. :( 

    I used to send whole cassette tapes to friends through the mail in regular envelopes with no problems... I'm not sure what's changed. Maybe new types of sorting machines or something. Anyway, it's just not safe to send stuff like that anymore. Padded bubble envelope is the way to go...

    zmog
     
  13. spadesss

    spadesss Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Posts:
    285
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Likes:
    +0
    thanks for all the feedbacks.
    looks like padded envelopes is the winner.
    i would like this to be affordable (or else i would have to start charging for the envelopes) and ship it securely.

    now, where is the nearest walmart?!
     
  14. Valkysas

    Valkysas Attack Buffalo

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2003
    Posts:
    20,799
    News Credits:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +21
    for extra security, tape two pieces of cardboard together, and stick the weapon in the middle.
     
  15. BrokenSVT

    BrokenSVT It's not broken anymore.

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    Posts:
    1,323
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Likes:
    +0
    Horror story: Those yellow envelopes which are padded with what appears to be the shredded remains of a small mammal...

    I've received two packages so far, both TF toys, in those envelopes. Both of them were punctured, and were missing missiles that I was assured by the seller got packaged with the toys. I'd definitely stay away from those, so I also vouch the ubiquitous bubble envelope.
     
  16. Trek

    Trek Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Posts:
    1,090
    News Credits:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +10
    Ebay:
    I send most things I sell in bubble padded envelopes and I've yet to have a complaint. They're brilliant.
     
  17. Voiceroy

    Voiceroy Trans-fo-mahs!

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2004
    Posts:
    3,278
    News Credits:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Likes:
    +15
    This thread title is rather misleading. I thought, "What the hell does shipping small weapons through the mail have to do with TFs? And wouldn't that technically be illegal?"

    TOY weapons. I get it now.
     
  18. ILoveDinobot

    ILoveDinobot Arise Rodimus Prime

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    Posts:
    15,014
    News Credits:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Location:
    Long Island
    Likes:
    +37
    Twitter:
    :lol  Maybe he meant to put this is GD?
     
  19. spadesss

    spadesss Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Posts:
    285
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Likes:
    +0

    if i had the money to buy and ship illegal weapons, i think i could afford to pick up the tab on the shipping components and all charges :) .

    and i would not be using USPS as my international clients would be dissapointed in not receiving their packages or always be late and have no tracking system.
     
  20. BigRC83

    BigRC83 I'm singing in the rain

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Posts:
    3,566
    News Credits:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    201
    Likes:
    +6
    About a year ago a board member mailed a G1 Blaster rifle in a white envelop. The envelop was a disaster but the rifle was fine. I guess it was good luck. The best way are those small boxes in the Post Office.
     

Share This Page