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Hey all, I'm hoping to be sending out a card to a fellow OCN'er soon, and I want to make sure that the card is safe and sound.

So, what I need help with is making sure that I do this properly... and as much information in each step as possible. I'm a (somewhat) broke college student at this point. I recently spent the majority of my disposable income on furnishing a new apartment, so please keep that in mind. I would like help picking out cheap places for a box, anti-static bag, and all other shipping goodies. If there are cheap town goods, as compared to a commercial (Best Buy, Target, etc.) alternative, please mention both.

Please, and thank you, to all those that are able to offer any advice.
 
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post #2 of 11
Check with any local UPS store for the bubble wrap, check with a local mom and pop computer shop for the anti static bag. Theyd probably give em to you for free.
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What would be an appropriate size box for a large video card?

Should I be looking for something larger than normal retail packaging? Or would that be about the size I'm aiming for?
 
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retail size should be fine, just make sure you have enough bubble wrap around it.
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post #5 of 11
when i ship out my cards i use use a flat rate box from USPS with a crapload of bubble wrap or grab a big padded envolope and bubble wrap the card to no end. usually ends up being about $10 to ship out
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post #6 of 11
Get a ESD Bag too, in shipping it is very easy to build a charge.
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post #7 of 11
go to OCN wanted section

ask for anti static bag

Find any box that fits.

Fill with peanuts

put card in bag

but card+bag in box

close with tape
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post #8 of 11
You inception box it!

static bag the gpu and then bubble wrap it, then box it with the smallest box that'll fit it, you don't want it to shift when it ships. Then you put it in a slightly larger box and mail it out! If you'd like you can bubble wrap the first box before you put it in the second. smile.gif

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post #9 of 11
You sure you don't have any left over box from your comp? Your mobo should have a anti-static bag with it. If you have Fry's close by, they do sell anti-static bag for cheap (imo). I can't remember how much since it's been a while but i know the price was acceptable. Just put the card in anti-static bag, then wrap the bag around a thick layer of small bubble wrap, make it tight. Then after that, you put the card into a just fitted box, put that box in a bigger box and stuff it with some newpapers or something. You're good to go.
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post #10 of 11
Really the only thing that it's going to be that fragile to over any other package is static.
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