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Gale Stoner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2009
 

Shipping Prints


Looking for suggestions for packing/shipping prints to ensure the image arrives in excellent condition. I would be selling 8 1/2 x 11 and 13 x 19 prints.


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5/22/2011 5:27:02 PM

 
Meghan Gonski   I put mine between two pieces of thin cardboard. Make sure the cardboard is the same size as your photo


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6/11/2011 4:24:35 PM

 
Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  I agree; the key is to buy envelopes of the right size AND find thin cardboard. Neither of those will be that easy to find in 13x19" size.

You could cut up the boxes that your paper came in, for at least a few cardboard sheets.

I know that some printing companies ship prints rolled up, in a cardboard roll, but I don't know where you would buy those. AND the prints would be curled and would need to be flattened by the recipient.

Cheers! Peter


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6/29/2011 10:38:32 AM

 
Thom Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/4/2006
  @Gale. The correct answer is shipping tubes. For multiple prints in a single tube, any craft store should have archival quality linen free paper to seperate the prints from each other. Yes, they are rolled up. The product will relax when unpacked. The customer most likely will have the prints matted and framed, so the prints will be placed into a professionals hands.

A flat envelope containing 13x19 prints will NOT fit in anyones mailbox. Most shipping tubes WILL fit, the largest easily with the MB door left ajar.

Shipping tubes can be purchased in bulk at wholesale prices. Google.


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6/30/2011 5:39:17 AM

 
Gale Stoner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2009
  Thanks for all the input. I like the idea of the shipping tubes.


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6/30/2011 5:59:48 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
MARYIACOFANO.COM
  you can find the tubes at any ups shipping store.


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6/30/2011 9:31:01 AM

 
Meghan Gonski   of course they can't fit in a mail box Thomas. you send them through the mail service that delivers them instead of sticking them in a mail box.


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6/30/2011 10:47:42 PM

 
Ronald H. Musser
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2006
  when I ship I use different methods depending on the size, for everything up to 11x14 I first put them in a protective envelope, then between to sheets of cardboard, with thin sheet of foam wrap and pack them into a slightly larger box. For anthing above that size I use mailing tubes


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11/11/2011 9:47:36 AM

 
Pat Harry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/26/2006
  You can also get frame boxes from places like Uline in all different sizes. These are anywhere from 1/2 inch deep up to 3 inches, and a wide variety of width x length. Put the photos in a bad, and tape to the inside of the box. This is how I shipped craft papers when I had a scrapbook store.


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11/11/2011 10:13:26 AM

 
Gale Stoner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2009
  Thanks to everyone for your tips/techniques.


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11/11/2011 10:18:58 AM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  I am close friends with our local postmaster. Prints "Photos, do not bend" doesn't mean a thing to postal carriers, or the sorting machines. If you don't want them bent, insure the packaging won't bend.


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11/12/2011 8:54:43 PM

 
Thom Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/4/2006
  @ Meghan..... huh? read the question


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11/25/2011 6:39:12 PM

 
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