Pin Mail Tips: How to Package Disney & Other Collectable Pins

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Pin collecting is a fun hobby for all ages. Millions of pins have been manufactured over the years to commerate events, depict characters, show support for charities as well as for many other things. The great thing about Pin collecting is the fact that there are so many! So when a Pin collector stumbles upon that pin they've been looking for for ages or a great new addition for their collection, the last thing anyone wants is for it to be damaged in the post!

As a Disney Pin collector, I have been in this situation before.  To give an example, once I purchased a couple of pins and the seller placed them all in an ordinary paper envelope. The weight of the pins meant that the sides of the envelope tore completely and naturally by the time it was delivered one pin had already fallen out. I have to say it baffled me how any of the pins managed to remain in the envelope, but the point here is that the packaging was clearly no good. Another time, I ordered a few pins which were placed in a padded envelope. The padded envelope was a step up from a paper envelope as it could withstand the weight of the pins within it, however, the fact that the pins were all placed in there together meant that the weight of the pins at the top were too much for the ones at the bottom. This resulted in the post of one of the pins totally breaking off, demonstrating that merely placing pins in a padded envelope won't cut it either. If the pin is on it's original rack card, even that is often not enough to protect it.

In trying to lower postage costs, a seller might be tempted to skimp on packaging but in the long run it's just not worth it, as you could end up having to refund the buyer.

When sending a pin there are four things that you are wanting to avoid:
  1.     the pin falling out of the package
  2.     the pin's post breaking or bending
  3.     the enamel getting scratched or damaged
  4.     water damage (due to the weather or a spillage)

A method to prevent this is suggested below.

You will need:
  • double walled cardboard ( a box is great for this, can pick one up from the supermarket for free - just ask a member of staff, they're usually glad to give them away)
  • scissors
  • bubblewrap
  • sticky tape
  • padded envelope
  • sandwich bag (for multiple pins)

Steps:
  1. Using the pin you are sending for guidance, cut a few squares of cardboard so that they are slighty larger than the size of the pin. If the pin is on it's original rack card, use the card for size guidance.
  2. Place the pin carefully on the first piece of cardboard so that its near the center. 
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3. Now place this on to the second piece of cardboard and repeat until the pin's post is fully covered, whilst making sure that there are no gaps between consecutive pieces of cardboard. Doing this will protect the post from bending.

Note: If the tip of the post is slightly poking out either place a few bits of tape on it or tape another bit of cardboard over it to avoid any finger pricks
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4. Wrap the carded pin and it's pin back in bubble wrap; preferably with the bubbles facing inwards to protect the enamel of the pin.

5. Tape the bubble wrap, to make sure the items inside are secure
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6. Place in a padded envelope and seal so that it's ready for posting.
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7. If you are sending more than one pin, repeat method for each pin and place all wrapped pins in a sandwich bag so that they are not overlapping. Tape the bag down to prevent movement and place in a padded envelope.
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8. For larger quantities of pins, upgrade to a parcel box, and place bubblewrap between each pin bag.
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Voila! Buyer receives pins as described and you are relieved to have one more happy customer. The best thing is that a wrapped pin is less than 1" which means that a padded envelope falls into the large letter category, keeping postage costs down for everyone!
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