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    "cardboard" protectors (for mail)

    I occasionally get mail with a slip of cardboard designed to help protect items from bending. Now I notice it more and more when I order prints online...

    Does anyone know where to buy these? I went to Staples with no luck and same with post office.

    Thanks!
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    Have you tried uline?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SidraG
    Have you tried uline?
    This is the FIRST time i've heard of uline.. lol

    are they in canada?
    edit: see they ship to canada - thanks
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    http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_...Chipboard+Pads

    Just to confirm -- that 9x12. if I order 1 case at $45, I get 825 pieces????
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    They want to charge $25 for a $35 order

    Anyone happen to know of another retailer in canada? in store or online?
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    You can also get them at Hobby shops, Print Shops (get them custoized with your info), and mailing supply stores. Some photo supply places also sell them.
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    mailing supply stores.. hmm I dunno of any besides post offices! and they don't have..
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    I have had no luck finding a local supplier of 9x12 chipboard.... I'd just rather try to find somewhere I can pick up and not have to pay shipping... and if possible, less than 825 sheets on the first order!
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    Do you have a Kinko's, UPS Store or some other place that does shipping besides the post office?

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    called kinkos, no luck
    staples.. no luck
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    Hnnmm okay, so I got them now, but the problem is they don't fit in my 9x12 mailers... they are just a TAD too big/the mailer is a TAD too small.... any suggestions? I could always go to a 10x13 or something, but then if the paper were to shift opposite the protector, then it is "exposed" and could easily bend... And taping is "dangerous" because it could rip the paper when removed.

    Any suggestions?
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    You could try using a 10x13 protector and have a piece of paper that fits exactly, then you cut four "courners" in that paper around where the courners of the 9x12 is. Then finally you "flip" the corners of the 9x12 into the holes in the 10x13.

    It requires some work, but it should work without damaging the 9x12 mailer and might be worth a shot if you cant find a 9x12 cardboard protecter that fits your 9x12.

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    I am not quite sure I follow you at all.... could you try explaining differently?

    I could put my 8.5x11 on 9x12 cardboard in a 10x13 mailer (haha) but then I would need some "safe" way to affix the paper to the cardboard for easy removal.
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    hmm.. anyone?
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    Patience my friend

    I am sorry for my english, Ill try to explain it again but to make it easier for you to understand Ive created an image showing how it works.

    If you take a look on the image attached. What it displays is two papers, the one in white is the "position" protection and is a whole paper at that size.
    The light blue paper, is the image/photo that should be protected.

    What you do is cut four courners slightly bigger than where the "image/photo" corners is on the white protection paper. Then you flip those corners up and put the "image/photo" so its corners will be covered by the protection paper corners.

    Then the "image/photo" will stay placed there during the sending, and it will be easily detached when arrived to the customer without damaging anything.

    This is how I received one of those "limited printed editions" of a painting, and it seemed to work great. Though I guess it will make the shipping expence slightly bigger due to the bigger protective envelope and the protection paper.

    I hope I managed to explain it properly this time
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    haha thanks! got it now...

    Problem is, that requires plenty of manual labour.. too much, to cut the slits for each mailing

    It probably could work, but isn't really feasible...
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    Well I guess that depends actually.

    Is most of your photoes/images going to be the same size?

    If then everything you need is a template in a thicker cardboard, who has the corners cut out at the exact points you need it. Then place the cardboard on top of a few others and align them, finally cut the holes with a sharp knife. That way you would be able to cut at least 10 "protection sheets" at once.

    Anyway I hope you will manage to find a solution that will fit your needs

    And be sure to update the thread if you find something that could help others as well.

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    If the "protection sheets" are just slightly too large for the envelope, perhaps you could have the "protection sheets" cut down slightly.

    Any good print shop should be able to do that for you for a very minimal charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jessebhunt
    If the "protection sheets" are just slightly too large for the envelope, perhaps you could have the "protection sheets" cut down slightly.

    Any good print shop should be able to do that for you for a very minimal charge.
    This was one of my first thoughts.

    I ordered the chipboard off uline.com... so I don't want to pay to ship it back and all... know what kind of store I could bring it to that would be able to do it?
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    Yeah... like I said in my last post, any good print shop should be able to take care of it.

    Any print shop that can print notepads can accomodate cutting cardboard.
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