Collectors in general have an abiding fetish to tape/staple down EVERYTHING they mail to dealers, if sending a single stamp, or a set.
I get about 100 sendings a year that fit the general nightmare below --- from folks selling me stuff, and sadly, dozens from members here
No names no pack drill, but 3 sendings recently from those here
looked like they were packed by new recruits at a sheltered workshop. The "Collector Packaging for Mailing Rule Book" seems to say --1. Find two TINY bits of cardboard -- the thicker the better, as of course the mail sorting machinery is likely to jam them, ruining/creasing the lot.
2. Then wrap the stamp(s) in some old glassine, butcher's paper, wrapping from your last Chico Roll purchase etc, and seal it all TIGHT.
3. Take mess #2 and insert between the 2 x tiny thick bits of cardboard. ENSURE cardboard is opaque, so the poor schmuck who opens it has no idea where NOT to cut with the Stanley knife required. Hence literally slicing into stamps on many occasions, as idiot sender leaves 1mm clearance all around.
4. Cover all sides of this mess #3 with several yards of gooey adhesive tape.
5. Go to CheapAsChips or somewhere, and buy the THINNEST crappiest envelopes on the market .. anything made in China and costing $1 a 100 is perfect. This will near guarantee creasing and bending in transit, and usually tearing at edges and ends.
6. Place gooey mess into #5, and post out - preferably all finally wrapped in cling wrap or something dorky, to make it even harder to open.
7. Despite years of beating my head against the wall begging folks to use decent stamps, about 5% now do. I guess that's a small improvement over 20 years back when it was 4%. What is it with collectors and NOT using a simple 5 x 3" stockcard?
Is it on religious grounds? Is there some Federal by-law against it somewhere?
They cost cents each and are useful to the recipient, and PROTECT the stamps!!!
They can be used dozens of times and you can write detail on reverse. I must have supplied half the Western world with these things over 30 years!
And they take SECONDS to use -- not 5 wasted minutes of hog tieing your stupid bits of card down with cellotape, and cling-wrap.
Being that large size and very thin, the cards will NOT jam in the mail sorting machines. By the time you fold up an invoice sheet into 3, and add a busness card etc, the thickness of that is a good barrier against bending.
A piece of THIN but stout card (almost size of the outer envelope) in the envelope is also wise for valuable lots -- I use a 6" x 4" printed colour "Stampboards" card for this, but an old PO stamp pack outer etc also does perfectly, and is free, and is great re-cycling.
Apart from looking hopelessly unprofessional, and making you look like a prize Beverley Hillbilly, all this nonsense takes up a TON of your time to prepare, and also take a TON of time to open, if you get several at once, and it does NOT protect the stamps.
I've had them arrive creased and crumpled by mail machines. Goo from the yukky tape oozes into the outer stamp perfs at times.
One CRETIN STAPLED
all sides closed last week and there was about 2mm from staples to the stamp perfs, and being thick cardboard I could not see HOW close. Needed a medical surgeon's skill to CUT the mess apart -- I kid you not. (And THAT was a member here
with a $200 stamp inside.) I bet there are 100s folks reading this who have received stamps from me in the mail, and I guarantee there will not be ONE post re poor packaging.
Having a box of black stockcards in your stamp den is quick, cheap, and sensible, and I really urge ALL members to use a little more grey matter before packaging up material to mail out.
Things like those below on my desk right now, and post out perfectly and safely. I sell them, ALL dealers sell them.