If sending money take the proper precautions...
~Written by frfghtr~
I just want to take this opportunity to remind people on how to send money to your source:
Use THREE layers of protection. Cash in envelope, envelope in bubble envelope, bubble envelope in xpresspost envelope. Or cash in cd case, cd case gift-wrapped, gift-wrapped case in xpresspost CD mailer. Cash concealed in pages of Martha Stewart Living issue, issue taped shut with scotch tape, issue in xpresspost envelope. The more layers there are to conceal your cash, the less likely the handler is gonna bother looking for what's inside. Lay the cash as flat as possible if you're using the first method, so the handler doesn't feel a wad of folded-up bills inside.
NEVER send loose money in an xpresspost envelope. All it takes is for the handler to rip a tiny corner, see your $400 inside, and buy himself a new gas barbecue for this summer. On a private sale, someone once sent me a loose wad of folded bills wrapped only in a 50 cent bill of Canadian tire money on the outside of the wad. I almost blew my stack when I saw this, since using money to camouflage money is not a good idea...
For those sending gear to someone on private sales or trades, here are some guidelines to follow:
If you're sending liquids, ALWAYS put them in a ziploc bag. Then put that ziploc bag upside down inside another. This way if the containers break and leak, the liquids will be contained. It won't destroy the envelope or worry the handler that it contains dangerous goods (in which case they can send it to be inspected).
Another tip on liquids: If you're sending a bottle of anything, try to send the liquids in a bottle that fits them as much as possible. For example don't send 250ml of liquids in a bottle meant for 500ml. The swishing sound may tip the handler that there are liquids in the pack, which could be dangerous chemicals, and could warrant an inspection.
Whatever you're packing, make sure the pack is well padded. This serves two purposes: The first, obvious purpose is that it helps prevent breakage of the product. The second reason is that with adequate padding the handler will not be able to feel the envelope to determine what's inside. A vial has a certain feel, and so does a wad of cash. Bubble wrap is often used but is unnecessary. The cheapest method is to take those plastic shopping bags that seem to reproduce like rabbits in your kitchen cabinet, and stuff your pack with them. This won't add any weight to your package (thus postage costs will be the same), but it will help protect it. Everything to gain.