By Sid from Bristol, TN
I usually line the box with a sturdy bag and insert the items being shipped along with my name and address. I fasten the bag securely. My way of thinking is if the box was accidentally damaged/opened and the addresses lost, the bag would hold up. I attach an address sticker to an index card and tape inside the bag.
This takes a bit more time in packaging but after getting some mailings lost forever during their long journey to Alaska, I tend to be more careful.
Most people suggest insuring the package. However, most of my mailings are small personal gifts for my grandchildren and to tell you the truth, they sometimes do not cost that much. Insuring packages can be very costly. If you ever send anything of value and do get it insured, be sure to save your receipt for the items in the package. The receipt is needed for reimbursement of the value of the lost items.
By mkymlp from NE PA / USA
By dwedenoja from New Creek, WV
Tips and advice for shipping packages. Post your ideas.
Editor's Note: Here is the latest information on US Post Office's latest flat rate pricing. They offer envelopes for 3.85 and now have boxes available for $7.70, to anywhere in the US.
That's a silly thing to suggest, IMO. Why do you think the Post Office sells insurance? They are brutal with packages. I actually have worked at UPS and they are brutal with boxes too. The key to sending packages with either is to pack them REALLY, REALLY well. They could care less what happens to one particular boxes contents. They don't want damage goods but when you are working in the warehouse it's all about speed and packing as many boxes in the truck as you can. When the packages are at the counter or are with the delivery person, they may take great care of them, I don't have experience with that. But in transit, it's all about speed so you need to pack very well and use a LOT of tape. (01/10/2005)
By Katie A.