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    Alternative shipping techniques for lower valued trades

    With the cost of shipping from the U.S. to Canada going up dramatically in the next few weeks, I wanted to start a thread where everyone could share some of their techniques for shipping lower value cards. One technique that I have encountered was to use a "thank you" card and a semi-rigid toploader. It seemed to work well for that particular purchase. I always feel more comfortable using bubble mailers, but I don't know if it is going to be possible anymore to do that on every trade. I don't want to just stop trading with collectors from Canada so I am trying to find other cheaper alternatives for lower valued trades. Any other suggestions?
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    I am new to trading online and it would be great to hear peoples techniques for shipping larger lots (i.e 20 to 100 cards) as I am looking at building up the larger OPC hockey sets.

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    Centrehice posted a little while ago about a reinforced PWE method that seemed more than doable, maybe you could do a search for that thread.
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    PWE's hold up to 6 cards, maybe even more...I have used them without incident many times. I write "Photos: Do Not Bend" on the outside and put 1-3 cards in a toploader (thicker ones used for jersey cards). The Ultra Pro sleeves with the tabs on the top work well also. Fully tape them off to waterproof the card(s) and tape them inside a stock paper sandwich that is the same size as the envelope, think Lucky Charms box. For 4-6 cards use a standard-size envelope and make two, they fit nicely.

    DO NOT send jersey/patch cards this way, only standard sized cards. Good luck, long live the PWE, I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfel2795 View Post
    PWE's hold up to 6 cards, maybe even more...I have used them without incident many times. I write "Photos: Do Not Bend" on the outside and put 1-3 cards in a toploader (thicker ones used for jersey cards). The Ultra Pro sleeves with the tabs on the top work well also. Fully tape them off to waterproof the card(s) and tape them inside a stock paper sandwich that is the same size as the envelope, think Lucky Charms box. For 4-6 cards use a standard-size envelope and make two, they fit nicely.

    DO NOT send jersey/patch cards this way, only standard sized cards. Good luck, long live the PWE, I like it.
    I will have to try this technique. I would only do it for base/insert/parallel trades that aren't really valuable. Which stamp would I use for sending to Canada?
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    For common and easy to replace stuff, I wouldn't mind the use of white enveloppes, if something is done to add some protection to the cards (toploaders taped on the top and something to reinforce the enveloppe like a cardboard).

    I've bought several lots on sportlots.com that were packaged like that without any problem.
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    I've found in recent weeks that some bubble mailers are slightly thinner than others and that if you're shipping just a single card you can sometimes get it through the thinner mail slot and thus only have to pay the base shipping. It never hurts to ask your postal clerk to check.
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    In canada, print ur,postage from paypal, then ppl at the post office often goes for more for some reason.

    I also found the perfect bubble mailer for small lot cards

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    they are smalle than then the usual #0 envelops and at 0,29$ each, you cant go wrong
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