Before I begin asking you guys anymore questions, I just want to thank everyone who's taken the time to:
A. Read my posts.
B. Leave comments on my posts.
C. Write blog posts in response to the contest questions.
I know this contest has been excruciatingly long (today is the 53rd day), but I've had a great time reading & responding to your comments & posts. Many of us stated that part of the reason we collect is the cardboard camaraderie and the goal of this contest was to build just that.
Okay... now that the sappy stuff is out of the way, let's get down to business. There are two more questions for you to answer, which means you have two more ways to earn some points, but don't worry because this time I'll give you two days for you to respond.
The first question was submitted by our very own SpastikMooss. He asks...
Which method do you find best for shipping cards? Could be a nice way for people to share their strategies.
Shipping is such a key element when it comes to trading and it can easily turn a great trade into a less than pleasant experience. Most of the packages I ship out are packaged like this:
Step 1: I secure the card(s) in a penny sleeve (or penny sleeves), a top loader (or top loaders), and a team bag.
Step 2: If I think there needs to be extra support, I'll add pieces of cardboard or decoys.
Step 3: 95% of the time, I'll use a recycled padded envelope. However sometimes I run out and need to use new ones.
Step 4: Last, but not least... I usually ship out my mail through the USPS using their first class service. If I'm dealing with a high end trade, I'll ship with delivery confirmation and insurance.
Now, I'm not going to say that I always use padded envelopes. There have been times I've shipped using the dreaded PWE (plain white envelope). But before I'm crucified by the community, let me explain. I use PWE's under very specific circumstances:
A. It's a very cheap transaction and both of us have agreed to ship using PWE's.
B. I'm sending a cheap gift and I don't have the time to get to the post office.
Either way, when I use PWE's, I still secure the card(s) as described in Step 1.
Okay... it's your turn.
Which method do you find best for shipping cards?
1 Point - Leave your response below.
2 Points - If you've already answered this question in a past blog post, then leave a link below.
3 to 5 Points - Write your response in a new blog post.
I'll accept responses until Saturday at 3pm (PST). I look forward to reading your responses.
But before you leave, there's one more question and I need to recap all of the prize packages.
I will be tallying up the points sometime Saturday afternoon/evening (could be as late as Sunday morning) and enter all of the names into random.org. Just a reminder: for every 5 points you earn, your name will be entered once into the randomizer. I will randomize the names 5 times and take the top 10 names. Why only 10? I take only ten, because the top 3 point earners are automatically entered into the prize pool.
As soon as I have the thirteen names, I reenter the names into the random.org and randomize the names 5 times. This will be the order in which the winners will select their prizes.
Now here's your second question... actually it's more of a task:
In the comments below list your prize preferences.
If a member does not leave a prize package preference, then I move on to the next person on the list and he/she will get whatever prize package remains. What does that mean?
Well... if you want to be super safe, you'll rank all of the prize packages.
EX: C, L, K, A, F, D, etc.
But if there are only a few prizes that you really care about, then rank those ones and cross your fingers.
For your time and effort, I'll reward everyone who ranks their prize preferences with 3 points.
Okay... let's get to the prizes:
Prize Package A: Kellogg's Lenticular 15 Card Lot
Prize Package B: 2012 Wax Eye Cereal Killers Series 1 Sticker Set
Prize Package C: 1983 Donruss HOF Heroes Set
Prize Package D: Graded Football Card Lot
Prize Package E: Japanese Kitty Cat Cards, Promos, & Baseball Card Lot
Prize Package F: College Basketball 9 Card Autograph Lot
Prize Package G: 14 Card Baseball Refractor Lot
Prize Package H: Non-Sport Wax Pack Lot
Prize Package I: Yastrzemski & Musial Donruss Puzzle Lot
Prize Package J: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Playing Cards
Prize Package K: Journeymen Lot
Prize Package L: Buck O'Neil Autographed 8x10
Prize Package M: San Francisco Giants Lot
#1 - Your answer to SpastikMooss's question.
#2 - Your prize package rankings.
I'll reward you with points if I receive your responses by Saturday at 3pm (PST). Thanks in advance.
Happy Thursday and sayonara.