Well after receiving this picture from a buyer who bought three mugs from me, I decide to do an experiment of my own.
How did mug three survive?
I'll be honest, I went into this thinking that lady was maybe pulling the ol' switcheroo. I've also heard many times that the flat rate envelope method is a terrible way to ship mugs. I have used mug boxes and the flat rate envelope method both many times. I've sold many many mugs as they are one of the small items with good margins I could fit in my eBay closet before I got my new space. These are the only two mugs that have arrived broken.
The above mugs shipped three together in a medium flat rate box. They shipped from VA to TX.
I thought I'd test some other ways of shipping single mugs while I was at it.
I'll let the pictures do the talking. But I will say I wrapped them all in two squares of bubble wrap and then newsprint.
These fleas disappear when the mug gets hot. Gross.
Now imagine all three of these packages being thrown enthusiastically by my son from the top of the car onto the asphalt below.
They all broke. Every single one. I was really hoping to be able to report that there was a superior way to ship mugs. But the reality is, if the post office is rough, any of the regular methods might not hold up.
If you REALLY don't want it to break you need to float it.
What do you think?