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#3216367 - 12/14/13 10:57 AM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: wrcsixeight]
NMBurb02 Online   content


Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 1774
Loc: Crowntown, CA
I have only shipped one sample and had no problems. I had the letter ready, but ended up not needing it. The clerk looked at it and asked if I could put it inside a plastic bag. I explained that the sample was inside a smaller tube, which was inside a plastic bag inside the black bottle, and she was okay with that. Easy-peasy.
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#3216383 - 12/14/13 11:29 AM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: wrcsixeight]
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Registered: 12/08/10
Posts: 499
Loc: SF Bay Area, CA
USPS Priority usually. Easy to track and fast. In the spirit of belt and suspenders, I add some packing tape to the lids for a tad more security and plenty of whatever packing material I have lying around in the box; tho' I admit it may just help my own mental state. I just drop down the USPS package chute.

Never have had a problem.
Kevin
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#3217968 - 12/15/13 11:09 PM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: ag_ghost]
1maniac Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 571
Loc: Pittsburgh PA
I mail the sample inside another box. taped. sealed. sent USPS priority with tracking. If I drop it in the mail in the round bottle it will, without fail, get held for 30 days for inspection at the Pittsburgh PA sort facility.

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#3217979 - 12/15/13 11:30 PM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: R80RS]
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Registered: 09/26/10
Posts: 4192
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: R80RS
I use UPS ground. Costs a little more but you can track it and it gets there much faster than USPS.

+ 1 - I tried USPS once and they did not want to ship the round bottle. I just use Fed-Ex ground in a box with the discounts that my company has with Fed-Ex, it costs me about $1 more and I have a tracking number and a far better chance of it making it.
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#3224448 - 12/22/13 08:59 AM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: cchase]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 10997
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: cchase
I've never had an issue. I put them in small cardboard boxes since I don't really want to try shipping a tiny bottle. I've never been hassled about anything.


This is exactly what I do when sending samples to Polaris in Indy.
Never a problem and worth the 49 cents I pay for the little box.
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#3290854 - 02/22/14 05:07 PM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: wrcsixeight]
yota4me Offline


Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 218
Loc: USA
1st class at Post Office, bottle or bottle in bag. Answer no to Q's. Several days to several weeks delivery, but cheapest, with possible exception of drop in USPS box with appropriate stamps or prepaid postage, like ClicknShip. Consider gas $ to drop off/mail location.
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#3291361 - 02/23/14 07:28 AM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: yota4me]
yota4me Offline


Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 218
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: yota4me
1st class at Post Office, bottle or bottle in bag. Answer no to Q's.


Correction: That should read, just answer the questions, as I believe one of the questions is something like, does this contain any liquids.
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#3309513 - 03/12/14 03:07 PM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: wrcsixeight]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 15594
Loc: Upstate NY
My last sample was sent to Polaris and it was sent First Class with tracking. It took 3 weeks to get there. I emailed the USPS and they said they were sorry this happened and I should expect better.

But this happens every time. I think the sort facility in Albany throws it in the slow pile. When I checked, it had not made it to the sort facility in 2 weeks which is 20 miles away.
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#3323771 - 03/25/14 11:40 PM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: wrcsixeight]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 8824
Loc: Northern Kentucky
My blackstone sample i sent in the smallest size box it would fit in 1st class, answered NO to the questions and dropped it off at the 24 hour package deposit box at the local post office. They have an automated mailing station i use after hours to weigh and print the label.
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#3324954 - 03/27/14 02:34 AM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: wrcsixeight]
armos Offline


Registered: 06/21/11
Posts: 229
Loc: California
I've never mailed a sample, but I deal with USPS daily.
You can't trust that the employees will know all the rules. I think you're better off putting it in a box to obscure the contents so they don't get worried. I like the idea of omitting the word 'Labs' as someone earlier suggested. I'd also enclose a printout of the Blackstone letter, just in case it gets opened somewhere in transit. That should hopefully quickly resolve the issue if one occurs.

It is possible to get tracking on First Class Package, but not through USPS' web site. They do sell tracking for it at retail for added cost. I think tracking is only available for first class 'package', which is more expensive than 'flats' or 'letters', but due to the thickness these should always be a 'package' anyway.

If you happen to have a Paypal selling account, you can print first class package postage there and it will come with free tracking. Other online postage services also probably let you do this.
USPS doesn't sell first class on their own site, because they apparently just want to be difficult. But they can do it with tracking at the retail counter, I've done that several times.

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#3337443 - 04/09/14 04:48 AM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: wrcsixeight]
Texan4Life Offline


Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 2261
Loc: Texas
The first sample I sent in I used the black mail container they provide. It took like 5 or 6 weeks to get to blackstone.

I now put the little oil sample bottle in a bubble mailer and slap 6 stamps on it and put it in a drop box. Usually gets there in less than a week that way.
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#3362829 - 05/05/14 08:27 PM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: wrcsixeight]
Mackelroy Offline


Registered: 12/03/04
Posts: 873
Loc: Florida /Texas
I shipped a sample on Thursday afternoon USPS in the special flat rate padded envelope and it arrived on Monday morning at 0950AM.

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#3372825 - 05/15/14 08:54 PM Re: Your experiences mailing Samples [Re: Mackelroy]
Mackelroy Offline


Registered: 12/03/04
Posts: 873
Loc: Florida /Texas
Just a follow up, this was USPS ( I tracked it ) mailed on Thursday, they received it at 0930am Monday morning, and I had my UOA report on email as of that tuesday. So it basically took 2 or 3 business days from beginning to end.

Not bad!

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