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How to properly ship trading cards

Pavle

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Here is a pretty decent video ( though a bit annoying with all that effects crap) of how to properly ship your cards.


I was wondering how do you guys protect cards when shipping them to another collector or a buyer? Feel free to share your tips, tricks, thoughts and questions related to cards shipping.
 
#2
Good video. I had already watched it because I follow that guy´s channel on YouTube. He uploads interesting stuff but sometimes feels like too paranoic, haha.
 

Pavle

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One more video, created by @dantzig
On how to protect stickers and cards when sending by small letter. Very useful video.
Since Carlos was to shy or modest to share it, I will do that. Oh wait, he is probably just lazy :p
 

dantzig

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Naaa, not lazy today... Shy is the right word, I don't think it's such a good video as you thought it was and it was only supposed to be a test, but ok, maybe someone will find it helpful :) Feel free to laugh with my stuttering and low voice :p

Great, now I saw this is in a thread with some fancy MTG video :/
 

Makhno

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Feel free to laugh with my stuttering and low voice
You're not stuttering at all ! If you think you have a low voice, then it is because you never heard mine !
Nice tips by the way. Will be usefull for many "new collectors in the business" I'm sure.
 

dantzig

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You're not stuttering at all ! If you think you have a low voice, then it is because you never heard mine !
Nice tips by the way. Will be usefull for many "new collectors in the business" I'm sure.
It's not really stuttering, it's more making too many pauses... And the "so's", "heh's" and such... Definitely more a writer than a speaker.

Thank you for backing up :)
 

Sergio Z

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Hey, nice videos, @dantzig. I'm still a beginner when it comes to shipping stickers or cards or whatever :p so they were really helpful. :)

PS: Any idea about how to send packets? :(
 

dantzig

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Hey, nice videos, @dantzig. I'm still a beginner when it comes to shipping stickers or cards or whatever :p so they were really helpful. :)

PS: Any idea about how to send packets? :(
Thank you :)

Single packets or a bunch of them? For single packets, I use malleable cardboard that's also strong (the one I used for the stickers video is not malleable)... Adjust the cardboard size to 2x packet size (a bit more from each side, of course), leave the packet on one side and then fold the cardboard to close it (like when you close a book)... This way, you'll have the packet secured (and not loose inside the envelope) and also well protected.

For a lot of packets, just use some bubble envelope or even a small cardboard box... You can also make your own of these :)
Also, when sending a lot of packets, try to even it inside, so it has a rectangular shape and not some trapeze because you just tossed the packets inside the envelope... Rubber bands can be used to make lots, but if you want the packets without any damage on it, use stripes of paper or anything that just groups the packets together and not make any pressure.

Well, seems a good idea for a video, maybe I'll do one :)
 

Sergio Z

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Again, thanks @dantzig, I chose to use cardboard and some envelopes I did by my own. :)

However, I'm still worried by this weight thing. Shipping taxes in my country are too high and it's always a killer when it comes to calculating taxes. Does anyone know what is the average weight -for instance- of an album, a packet or a group of 10 stickers?
 

dantzig

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Depends on many factors... 10 Stickers usually are about 7 or 8 grams, but depends on size and paper weight (WC stickers are usually the lighter)
Packets might be about 5 or 6 grams (usually 1g per sticker in average)
Empty albums from the most known competitions probably are around 200/250g... Complete can reach around 600g (stickers stuck in he album) or about 800g per album + set.

When using cardboard, you're adding more weight of course... So you need to make a quick analysis: what I'll send really need to be very protected? If so, what is the best option? And how can I send without adding too much weight and pay more because of it? That's why a few years ago, I bought an electronic scale from some HK seller (cost me about 6 dollars, I think), that way I can check if my layer of protection is going to make me pay more... For instance, when sending a single packet, I don't want to surpass the 20g limit for small letters here... I also don't want the small letter to be bulky, so thick cardboard is not an option... Therefore, I chose that malleable cardboard, because it's still protect very well and it's lighter.
 
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