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Jonathan Franklin
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Give it at least two months to arrive before worrying.
 
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In my experience anything that isn't in a USPS "standard size and non-rigid" envelope can be significantly delayed. The most delayed items I have sent have all been in a "CD mailer" - perfect for promos, but being square and somewhat rigid they don't suit the USPS automated sorting machines. Shape and rigidity seem to baffle the USPS ...

It's a sad fact that international mailing is getting more and more problematic
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enoon wrote:
In my experience anything that isn't in a USPS "standard size and non-rigid" envelope can be significantly delayed. The most delayed items I have sent have all been in a "CD mailer" - perfect for promos, but being square and somewhat rigid they don't suit the USPS automated sorting machines. Shape and rigidity seem to baffle the USPS ...

It's a sad fact that international mailing is getting more and more problematic


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And I send all as letter in bubble envelope (from Slovenia we can send up to 2 kilos box, let we say Ticket to Ride SIZE and even bigger, as a letter)
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In 2017, I sent a package on Feb 24th from the US. It contained 2 promos and was a hair too large for a non-machinable letter and I got hit with the $13 first class parcel shipping (Catan the River was the culprit).

That package didn't arrive in the Netherlands until June 8th.

Relevant historical post.
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Got my last promo from Brazil today, so I'm all finished!
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tadej1986 wrote:
enoon wrote:
In my experience anything that isn't in a USPS "standard size and non-rigid" envelope can be significantly delayed. The most delayed items I have sent have all been in a "CD mailer" - perfect for promos, but being square and somewhat rigid they don't suit the USPS automated sorting machines. Shape and rigidity seem to baffle the USPS ...

It's a sad fact that international mailing is getting more and more problematic


Woow
And I send all as letter in bubble envelope (from Slovenia we can send up to 2 kilos box, let we say Ticket to Ride SIZE and even bigger, as a letter)



My promo from Slovenia arrived yesterday. Almost 2 months to make the trip as it was mailed on March 12. Arrived in fine shape!
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eieiowen wrote:
tadej1986 wrote:
enoon wrote:
In my experience anything that isn't in a USPS "standard size and non-rigid" envelope can be significantly delayed. The most delayed items I have sent have all been in a "CD mailer" - perfect for promos, but being square and somewhat rigid they don't suit the USPS automated sorting machines. Shape and rigidity seem to baffle the USPS ...

It's a sad fact that international mailing is getting more and more problematic


Woow
And I send all as letter in bubble envelope (from Slovenia we can send up to 2 kilos box, let we say Ticket to Ride SIZE and even bigger, as a letter)



My promo from Slovenia arrived yesterday. Almost 2 months to make the trip as it was mailed on March 12. Arrived in fine shape!


Thanks for feedback.
I am happy to see that a few promos now arrived in US too
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eieiowen wrote:
tadej1986 wrote:
enoon wrote:
In my experience anything that isn't in a USPS "standard size and non-rigid" envelope can be significantly delayed. The most delayed items I have sent have all been in a "CD mailer" - perfect for promos, but being square and somewhat rigid they don't suit the USPS automated sorting machines. Shape and rigidity seem to baffle the USPS ...

It's a sad fact that international mailing is getting more and more problematic


Woow
And I send all as letter in bubble envelope (from Slovenia we can send up to 2 kilos box, let we say Ticket to Ride SIZE and even bigger, as a letter)



My promo from Slovenia arrived yesterday. Almost 2 months to make the trip as it was mailed on March 12. Arrived in fine shape!


This is why I tell people not to push the panic button too early.

Thanks for passing this on.
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I just got a picture from somebody (outside math trade). Thats why I use bubble wrap envelope.



This time I send in regular envelope end it arrived in US in 2 weeks. But I think it is better to wait for 2 months and get promo as it should be.
 
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I just got a picture from somebody (outside math trade). Thats why I use bubble wrap envelope.



This time I send in regular envelope end it arrived in US in 2 weeks. But I think it is better to wait for 2 months and get promo as it should be.


Its unfortunate, but most bubble mailers are too thick to be sent from the US as a letter and instead are upgraded to a "parcel", costing 5-6x as much.

That said, I use plastic mailers and put one or two pieces of cardboard inside to protect the item being traded (along with an interior plastic sandwich/snack back). That way I can still ship for ~$2.50 as a "non-machinable international letter".

I also try to stamp with a "do not bend or fold" stamp I had custom made for sending out promos whenever possible.

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The important things are to sandwich and secure* such a tile between two thin sheets of card (eg cereal box) about the same size as the regular envelope and tape the edges (fold over) of the envelope.

That stops the tile(s) from moving around and/or piercing through the folded edges of the envelope. It also affords some protection against the bending/pressing shown on that tile.

Having said that, sadly nothing can sensibly protect against the worst abuses of mechanical sorting or manual handling

* put inside sleeve, fold sleeve*, tape folded sleeve roughly in the centre of one of the sheets of card.

* to stop tape/tile contact.
 
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In the US, I don’t think a custom do not bend stamp would do anything. But paying 15 cents to make it non machineable makes sure it won’t go through sorting machines.

For tiles like Carcassonne I would put it in a rigid premium top loader and pay the extra 15 cents.
 
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tadej1986 wrote:
eieiowen wrote:
tadej1986 wrote:
enoon wrote:
In my experience anything that isn't in a USPS "standard size and non-rigid" envelope can be significantly delayed. The most delayed items I have sent have all been in a "CD mailer" - perfect for promos, but being square and somewhat rigid they don't suit the USPS automated sorting machines. Shape and rigidity seem to baffle the USPS ...

It's a sad fact that international mailing is getting more and more problematic


Woow
And I send all as letter in bubble envelope (from Slovenia we can send up to 2 kilos box, let we say Ticket to Ride SIZE and even bigger, as a letter)



My promo from Slovenia arrived yesterday. Almost 2 months to make the trip as it was mailed on March 12. Arrived in fine shape!


Thanks for feedback.
I am happy to see that a few promos now arrived in US too


Received mine in Florida today - patience IS a virtue
 
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