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^ Topic. Mailing one out sometime this week to a fellow OCN member, and I would like some advice on packaging and whatnot. Also, advice on where to pick up specific materials would be awesome. I don't want to say I need the cheapest route, but I am on a fairly constrained budget.
 
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I usually put individual cards in an Anti Static Bag and then inside a small box filled with paper based packing materials.
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post #3 of 10
Anti-static bag, (or some kind of protective plastic if that's all you have), and packing peanuts/paper/foam. Whatever you have to keep it from bouncing around during travel.

It also wouldn't hurt to include any extras the card came with, like power connectors etc.
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Anti-static bag, (or some kind of protective plastic if that's all you have), and packing peanuts/paper/foam. Whatever you have to keep it from bouncing around during travel.

It also wouldn't hurt to include any extras the card came with, like power connectors etc.
I would not use any foam based material (including peanuts) as they can easily generate static electricity. Just 'crush' some old newspaper to fill in the gap between the card and the box.
The card, of course, must be inside anti-static bag. The original bag that came with a new card should do.
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I would not use any foam based material (including peanuts) as they can easily generate static electricity. Just 'crush' some old newspaper to fill in the gap between the card and the box.
The card, of course, must be inside anti-static bag. The original bag that came with a new card should do.
Isn't that kinda why you have the anti-static bag? Last I checked, almost all graphics cards are shipped from the factory in foam packaging.
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I would not use any foam based material (including peanuts) as they can easily generate static electricity.
Well, that's what the bag is for.
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I like using bubble wrap keeps me busy when theres nothing else to do
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post #8 of 10
Anti-static bag then wrap it around with the small bubble wrap. Then pack it tightly inside a small box stuffed with papers. Then put the small box inside a bigger box and stuff it again tightly with paper so the small box doesn't move in shipping. Trust me i know 1-2 things abt shipping . By the way, if you want to ship it cheap, just go to USPS and ship it by Parcel Post w/ Confirmation # (tracking #).
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Well, that's what the bag is for.
To save money for this task, I am envisioning OP putting the old card into a seal-able anti-static bag. Then the bag is put into a package box with filling material stuffed in to prevent the bagged card bouncing around.

An anti-static bag is supposed to be 100% safe. But things can go wrong, especially during rough shipping. Eg its sealing fails a little and a tiny foam peatnut finds its way into the bag or the bag is somehow slit open by a sharper corner of the card...etc. I see no reason to face a risk which can be totally avoided.
And for a constrained budget, old newspaper just beats foam peanuts.

However, if the old card is put back into its full original packaging and the package is put into another package box, then I think foam peanuts could be used to fill the gaps.
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I've mailed 2 260s. If you have the box it came in that's best. If (and likely) not, anti static bag and some padding and throw 'er in a box!
 
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