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John Tee04/02/2018 19:58:11
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img_0518.jpgLast Sunday I ordered 2 x 6" propellors and 1 x 4" propellers from a shop I have used before. Should state that this is not a thread knocking the shop probably more the courier as the service was excellent. The government are having a clampdown on plastic waste etc. I was out when the courier arrived so he left my Jiffy bag with my neighbour as I thought, wondered why as I have a large letter box. Collecting the package I was given a cardboard box 13.5" x 11.5" x 2"containing my three props. As the box was printed with the courier name all over I assume that they supply the packing for the parcels they collect. A medium size padded envelope would have been sufficient for my bits. Save the planet?


Edited By John Tee on 04/02/2018 19:58:59

Martin Harris04/02/2018 22:14:26
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I can easily match that with this delivery of 3 packs of small glass fuses from RS next day signed for P&P!


John Tee05/02/2018 00:18:47
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John Tee05/02/2018 00:22:02
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Martin,I added my photo after writing the message as I wanted the photo last but it went to the top. How did you get yours at the bottom?


Martin Harris05/02/2018 00:37:01
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The picture goes where the cursor is - write some text, do a carriage return (enter key) and then post the picture.

You can also pop a picture in the middle of some text by clicking where you want it to go and then posting the picture.

You can resize it by clicking on the picture and dragging the corner squares.

Both the images above are clickable and open up in full size. Click the browser's back arrow to return to the thread.

Some people have a preference to getting the picture to open in a new window. Click on this one:

to see the difference (to enable this when you're posting or editing, go to the icon to the left of the camera icon, select Link tab, target, new window).

Edited By Martin Harris on 05/02/2018 00:53:09

John Tee05/02/2018 08:28:00
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Thanks I'll try to remember that


John Muir05/02/2018 08:34:50
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Well at least the cardboard boxes will biodegrade or recycle. Most padded envelopes won't as they're full of plastic bubble wrap.


Geoff Sleath05/02/2018 12:58:22
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I ordered 8 x 1S 200mAH LiPos for my indoor winter flying from HK. They arrived each in a little cardboard box that was easily big enough to accommodate all 8 of the batteries.

I think big on-line mail order companies like Amazon or, in our case, HK have a selection of boxes ready to use with a lot of lightweight (usually plastic) packing material so inevitably the packages end up being mostly air. At least, if they're cardboard, they're recyclable.


MaL05/02/2018 16:55:03
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Big parcels are generally harder to lose... you should be thankful yours were oversizeyes.

Don Fry05/02/2018 17:01:11
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I once tried to send a receiver through Small Packages. Bloke up the post office was direct. You are asking to get that lost. Use a bigger box he said.

onetenor05/02/2018 17:33:08
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In other words small packages are more easily concealed when being stolen.Books are quite often "LOST" in transit. I'm sorry to say this but it does happen. I've just contacted the supplier of a book which is overdue.It is normally quite an expensive book to buy even in paperback but I bought this one at a lucky price. The supplier has told me if it doesn't arrive by the 8 th he will refund me all costs. This has happened a few times from different suppliers. Stripped of the packaging which is dumped the contents are easily pocketed and there are no identifiers as to ownership even if the suspected thief is asked where the book came from. One bad apple etcangry

John Lee19/03/2018 14:10:03
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So ordered fixtures to mount floats on my CarbonZ Cub from Horizon Hobby Europe, postage very reasonable at £3.20, I expected a padded bag but this box arrived (that's a12inch metal ruler alongside): unadjustednonraw_thumb_b2b.jpgin which were 4 pieces of wire: unadjustednonraw_thumb_b2c.jpg

David Davis12/10/2018 09:08:37
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I odered two cables for the glow plugs of my Laser 150 V Twin from the French supplier Weymuller. These arrived promptly in a box measuring 22 x 16 x 12 cms or about 8.25" x 6" x 4.75."

I can compost the box or use it to light the fire but what do I do with the Storopack?

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Dave Hess12/10/2018 10:47:28
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At least cardboard is recyclable and biodegradable.

What I hate is when the stuff inside the box is wrapped in bubble-wrap, then selotaped so you can't get the delicate items out without breaking or cutting in to them. I just bought an ARTF plane that has very delicate balsa structures. Each of them (wings, fin, tailplane and fuselage) is protected by a relatively stiff plastic sleeve wrapped around, then tightly selotaped all round. The selotape is completely unnecessary because the locations in the box prevent the items coming out of the sleeves. It's a really difficult surgical operation to remove the said items from their sleeves. The selotape only adds to the risk of damage and doesn't prevent anything.

One explanation for the rather large cardboard boxes is that many businesses have to pay to dispose of their waste packaging, so it makes a lot of sense to reuse it and send it to customers rather than buy additional more appropriate sized packaging that only adds to the waste pile.

supertigrefan12/10/2018 11:21:15
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1) When you fill in the order details, in the "Special Instructions" box where you normally write 'Leave with no.x if no answer' type that you'd like the item sent with thought and regard for the environment.

If it doesn't then:

2) Get in touch with the Customer Services dept of the company that packaged and dispatched the item to express your dissatisfaction.

This is a regular gripe, not just on this forum but many others and the only way you're going to change it is tell the companies that you're not happy, that they need to be more in step, that you will use another company etc. Unless you contact them directly, nothing you put here will change things.

Nigel R12/10/2018 13:01:06
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If you want odd size parcels, it may be more expensive to hand pack and load and post.

David Davis12/10/2018 14:24:30
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Posted by Nigel R on 12/10/2018 13:01:06:

If you want odd size parcels, it may be more expensive to hand pack and load and post.

I put the same post onto an American website and one respondent said that it was a question of the speed with which order pickers have to work. They just find the first box and shove your order into it.

Nigel R12/10/2018 14:55:45
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I can well believe that DD especially of big box shifters.

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