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Old 12-09-2006, 10:57 PM   #51 (permalink)
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I am currently testing the styrofoam vets' office box method with a shipment going to a friend in Western Virginia. I am using the scientific method of crossing my fingers. Let's see how this works.
Also, I labelled my box - Please protect from the cold and freezing temperatures - on four sides of the box. I am hoping that it is taking longer because they are giving my 10 oz. shipment 'extra attention' and not just because it got 'stuck' in the Christmas rush of shipments. If anyone else would like to join me in the scientific method of crossing your fingers, please feel free. I also strongly encourage the thoughts, feeling, opinions and idea of hope and a healthy sense of humor. Enjoy. And when all else fails, enjoy the giggling and laughing of a six year old and learn that we should all stop taking ourselves so seriously.
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Old 12-12-2006, 03:34 PM   #52 (permalink)
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I live In RI near Some major collages in Providence, RIC I think has a huge BioMed department. If what you are saying is right I'll never need to buy styro boxes again? Great tip if Somehow I can get them! thanks!

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I can second the comment about these insulated shippers being everywhere. At my school there's an area where they boxes are always left to be disposed of and there's always styro boxes that were used to ship things like enzymes and samples in. It's really good because usually there are the styro boxes AND the cardboard box it fits into. They're like the perfect size for shipping plants/shrimp as well.

And free!!
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FobbyBobby23, that sounds great! Let us know how that works out.

I will let you know that the boxes I used are not fool proof. I recently sent one to Virginia and shipped out on a Monday. I expected it to get there by Thursday or Friday. It got there by the following Monday. I was not happy about that. Plants were cold by the time they arrived. They had been in the dark and cold, even in a ziplock bag inflated relatively tight inside the 1 inch styrofoam. The person I shipped to was kind to me, and pointed out that it was during December during the holiday shipping season for the United States Postal Service. I had sent it PRIORITY and marked it on the outside, 'Protect from Cold'. Oh well, you learn. I wonder if it would be similar or different shipping during the cold weather, BUT after the holidays?
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I wrote this up on my makeshift web site: hope it helps!

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Nice job, I've been meaning to do that!

Just one comment.... People try and avoid the baggies with the little thing you pull across, the seal isn't usually as good as the Zip-Lock freezer bags. I had some of the bags in the picture and learned it the hard way... Also just under where it seals tends to break.

Just a warning. I personally only trust thick baggies with good locks! Zip-lock Freezer baggies are the way to go, around $4 for 20

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Where do you guys get the free priority mail boxes, can you get them at the post office? How much does it usually cost to ship with those, the shipping?

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Where do you guys get the free priority mail boxes, can you get them at the post office? How much does it usually cost to ship with those, the shipping?

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You get them free either from the post office or their website free of shipping charge! They also are great for packing presents in....

Category - For Mailing / Shipping

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I'll have to check with my post office sometime. thanks
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if you want to have the package picked up from your house do you have to leave it outside or will they knock on your door? Also how do you go about paying for it. I didnt see prepaid boxes online just the envelopes. Thanks.
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if you want to have the package picked up from your house do you have to leave it outside or will they knock on your door? Also how do you go about paying for it. I didnt see prepaid boxes online just the envelopes. Thanks.
You can use Click and ship on the USPS site or ship through paypal
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I ship all my plants out in filter floss. I've been recomending this to people for a while. Ask anyone who has recieved plants from me in this maner. It looks like you have just taken them out of the tank. Even after 4-5 days.
I recently received plants from Ian and thought the filter floss was a great idea. The plants were in perfect condition.
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