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    Default What a dumb thing I did shipping using a tube instead of a box

    I sold a vintage Surefire E1 in gunmetal finish. When I got ready to package it for shipping I found a round shipping tube with plastic ends that I taped snugly in the ends of the tube. The tube was about the diameter of a paper towel roll. It had been used to mail a rolled educational poster. I cut the cardboard roll down to about siz inches long and used the plastic ends. I wrapped the light in paper, inserted it into the tube, secured the snap-in plastic ends and taped them in place. Then I addressed the paper label with a return and deliver to address. I taped it to the outside of the tube with both addresses showing. I then taped the label until it was covered complately and the ends were taped in place so that they were mega secure. Then I mailed it. The E1 inside has never been seen since. The tube was lost in the mail. I refunded the money I'd gotten for the light. So if anyone sees a tube with an E1 inside it then most likely it's mine. As of now it has been mising for three or four weeks.
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    Default Re: What a dumb thing I did shipping using a tube instead of a box

    Wow, sorry to hear about the loss. Did you ship it with insurance?

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    Default Re: What a dumb thing I did shipping using a tube instead of a box

    no insurance.
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    Default Re: What a dumb thing I did shipping using a tube instead of a box

    So, is a tube more likely to get lost than a box?
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    Default Re: What a dumb thing I did shipping using a tube instead of a box

    My experience is this: I have mailed hundreds of boxes and never had but one or two lost and they eventually came back. This is the first tube I've shipped. It is lost and has not been returned to me.
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    Default Re: What a dumb thing I did shipping using a tube instead of a box

    Well a box could contain any number of mundane things. Tubes are usually paper though. The extra weight was probably extraordinary enough to arouse someones "curiosity" along the way.
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    Default Re: What a dumb thing I did shipping using a tube instead of a box

    I always ship insured for the full $$ amount. And lately I am starting to require buyers to pay for a full tracking number and a signature upon receipt as part of the S/H dues.
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    Default Re: What a dumb thing I did shipping using a tube instead of a box

    I am starting to do Signature Confirmation on most of my USPS shipments these days.
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