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Re: Cheap an' Easy
Addition to my last statement ... Priority are also free ... I have a dozen
of them for summer shipping
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Terceira" <terceira at ride_ri.net>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2003 9:30 PM
Subject: Re: Cheap an' Easy
> I don't know where you are checking, but I order all of the boxes I want
> from the Post Office Free. Check under the Priority supplies, the small
> boxes are great for most shipping..........................
> Tony in Rhode Island......................
> At 07:32 PM 2/6/2003 -0600, you wrote:
> >Hey! I checked out the UPS site for supplies and found plenty of boxes,
> >but none of them were free. Is there another site for this or was this a
> >"by way of Barry Cooper " wrote:
> > > Cheap an' Easy
> > > (Shipping boxes, that is )
> > >
> > > If you're like me, you're always looking for a good and cheap
> > > of shipping fish, plants and maybe other slimy, assorted critters!
> > > then, listen up folks!
> > >
> > > The Postal Store is the place for you! visit www.usps.com and
> > > up the shipping supplies, register, and go shopping for items like
> > > Priority Mail boxes, stamps, shipping labels, insurance forms,
> > > tape , etc. Of course, the stamps aren't free, but most other supplies
> > > contained there-in are! Order 25 of the Priority Mail boxes which
> > > measure 7" X 7" X 6", they are shipped in a "collapsed" form in a
> > > box, and I'll repeat, that they're free of charge. You simply form the
> > > box and tape the bottom seam and you're just about ready to go!
> > >
> > > Now you'll need some type of insulation to line the inside of the
> > > box. Either use fiberglass batting material or the rigid foam sheets
> > > that are sold at home-improvement centers. I bought a 4' X 8' X 1/2"
> > > sheet of "Dow" board which is an insulating styrofoam that is
> > > between two layers of a clear plastic sheathing for about $8. This may
> > > sound like a lot of money, but if cut properly, this one 4' X 8" sheet
> > > will be sufficient for quite a few boxes! The sheets are cut with a
> > > simple razor blade or a utility knife into the following dimensions:
> > >
> > > 2 pcs. 5" X 6"
> > > 2 pcs. 5" X 7"
> > > 2 pcs. 7" X 7"
> > >
> > > The two 7" X 7" pieces form the bottom and top of the box, while
> > > two 5" X 6" and the two 5" X 7" form the sides of the box.
> > > They'll make a really tight box when inserted into the empty cardboard
> > > container! To prove my point, after I had assembled my test box, I
> > > on it with my 200 pound self and couldn't crush the box, even though I
> > > tried ! I even danced an Irish jig on it and still didn't even faze
> > >
> > > The inside dimensions of the insulated box are 5" X 5" X 6". This
> > > means that smaller plastic bags are required. Since I ship lots of
> > > fish (ie: Heterandria formosa, Elassoma zonatum, and Dwarf Scarlet
> > > I only need small bags! I've been using Kordon Corp.'s "Breathing =
> > > Bags" in the 4" X 8" size for years! You simply form a "bubble" of
> > > once the fish are in the bag, squeezing out all air bubbles and then
> > > knot or rubber-band the top of the bag. In my experience, there is no
> > > need to double-bag the animals, only insulate the bags from touching
> > > each other by wrapping each bag in a couple layers of newspaper before
> > > placing into the box.
> > >
> > > If you kinda doubt the capability of these bags, I can attest to
> > > fact that I received a shipment of three-spined sticklebacks across
> > > deserts of the Southwest via United Parcel Service truck! The fish
> > > enroute for 7 days and only had 2-3 D.O.A. fish from a shipment of a
> > > dozen fish. (This shipment was supposed to go by air, but were somehow
> > > mis-routed.)
> > >
> > > Now, I'll quit boring you with details and you can go to the USPS
> > > site and order your "Cheap 'an Easy" shipping supplies! Don't forget
> > > visit your home-improvement center also!
> > >
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- Cheap an' Easy
- From: owner-killietalk at aka_org (by way of Barry Cooper <bjc3 at cornell_edu>)
- Re: Cheap an' Easy
- From: Tony Terceira <terceira at ride_ri.net>