Here at The Boxery, we've heard way too many horror stories about packaging mishaps over the years. With a fresh look ahead towards a smoother-than-ev

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Here at The Boxery, we've heard way too many horror stories about packaging mishaps over the years. With a fresh look ahead towards a smoother-than-ever 2012, we prepared this list of easy tactics for avoiding unnecessary damage and embarrassment during storage and shipping. Check it out below!

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Five common packaging no-no's to make sure and avoid


1. Precious cargo sent awry

So far, over 8 million people have watched a video that went viral just weeks ago, showing a FedEx delivery guy callously tossing a computer monitor over the fence at the package's destination. Ouch. Depending on what shipping solution you're using, and the importance of your package, you might want to consider erring on the side of safety.


2. Photo ripples and crinkles

Bubble mailers surely have their usefulness, but don't fool yourself into thinking they're the right way to ship photos. They may be effective for keeping photos from getting bashed in transit, but when it comes to avoiding the dangers of warping and folding (the primary challenges when shipping photos), nothing beats a stay-flat mailer.


3. Bubble snap

Not many activities are more satisfying to children of all ages than sitting down to a nice, big sheet of bubble wrap and manually popping it, node by node. There's little danger in this sort of fun, but it's important to remember that in order to keep boxed items safe, those little blisters need the air that's trapped in them. Popping is best kept for after shipping.


4. Imprecise labeling

You think that the upside-down "this side up" label won't make a big difference? You think that marking the package with a universal "fragile" symbol is unnecessary? You think your scrawl in ballpoint pen is good enough? Think again. Clear, quality labeling materials can be super-important.


5. Overkill for books

It can be tempting to ship books in large boxes, wrapped in tissue paper, ensconced in foam peanuts and further protected by bubble wrap. None of this is necessary - especially when it comes to hard-cover volumes that are made to have their own structural integrity. Just find an appropriately sized protective corrugated mailer and you're good to go.


Photos (top to bottom) courtesy of Flickr users wetsun, winton, tanakawho, mymollypop, mrbill and sicnarf under Creative Commons licenses.

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