Since I returned to collecting in 2009, I've seen a variety of peoples' shipping methods. Some have been top notch and safe, while others have been downright horrible. Some of the best packaging I have seen involved using cardboard to sandwich the card. I've also had cards delivered to me in one-touch card holders - definitely some good protection there! On the weaker side of things, cards have come to me in a plain white envelopes, or PWEs. Sometimes the cards have arrived safely, while at others times, cards have come damaged. Just last week someone from Russia sent me a card in a PWE wrapped in some type of magazine paper. Thankfully the card was unharmed in transit. I was pretty amazed. If you want to see that particular package, click HERE to watch me open it.
I have to admit that I have shipped in PWEs before, but I have made sure that the cards were protected as best as possible in them. Also, I have told those who have gotten a PWE from me that I would be using that method of shipping. I try not to use PWEs, but sometimes they are the best method for sending out really low-end cards. PWEs are the cheapest in terms of both material and shipping cost. With the recent increase in US shipping, a well-packaged PWE may become more popular.
My method of shipping cards involves a few key items. They are: a bubble envelope, a toploader, decoys, a team bag, and some tape. The cost to ship to me is on the higher side as all these things put together increases how much it takes to ship... but I know it is appreciated by the receiver and also gives me the peace of mind that what I'm sending out has a great chance of getting to its destination safely.
Check out my video on shipping below as I detail how I ship in PWEs and bubble envelopes. I hope it helps give you some insight on good shipping practices.
If you have comments about shipping methods, I'd love to hear from you! Also, feel free to let me know any horror stories you've had because of bad shipping. You can share in the comments section below.