Ebay Packing Jobs

From: Scott Stevens <chenmel_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Sat Feb 12 16:01:18 2005

On Sat, 12 Feb 2005 13:44:25 -0800 (PST)
Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com> wrote:

> On Sat, 12 Feb 2005, Scott Stevens wrote:
> > They should have packed the drive in air-popped popcorn. I've
> > shipped eBay items that way a few times. It's cheaper than
> > styrofoam peanuts and it's what they used to use for packing
> > material. It's important to isolate the protected item from the
> > popcorn, of course, in a sealed plastic bag.
> I would imagine it breaks down into dust during transit. What's your
> experience with regards to this?

I never shipped anything very heavy with it. I think that would be
ill-advised, but the same is true with styrofoam peanuts. It was an
experiment and it proved to be labor-intensive to pop up enough kernels
to ship anything larger than a shoebox in size. Useful for shipping,
say, a wineglass.

If you search the web regarding shipping packages using popcorn, there
was a big noisy controversey a few years back with some librarians who
were FURIOUS because somebody had shipped them books using popcorn as
packing. I would imagine in large-scale shipping operations, it would
attract rodents and other vermin.

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