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Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #972226 by Linden Leaf
Mar 1, 2019 5:49am
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I taped up three new flat mailers recently. I actually cut them down to a smaller size. This way the hosts are forced to fold my trading card sheets in thirds so the cards dont fall out of the sheet and become a lump in the envelope.

I thought about doing this, but wouldn't it make the mailer too thick, especially if you have a lumpy card?
Re: Reuse...why?
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Reply to: #972243 by Rocklun
Mar 1, 2019 6:29am
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Flat mailers maximum thickness is 3/4 inch. That's really thick. I think most swaps are 9-12 participants - that's a big swap now. So even with a thick card it doesn't make the envelope exceed 3/4 inch. And I havent seen an embellished card for awhile. I think some card makers are more apt to embellish than others, like Raven and Housepitality hostess...but even so. Cards like theirs are so far and few between it hasn't been a problem.

But...

I just received one of frog's seasonal swaps back. That's about 21 cards. 1/3 if the cards fell out of the sleeves and were lumped at the bottom. With that many cards loose it now runs the risk of not being evenly distributed and over 3/4 inch thick. That's the only swap were I continue to think a bubbler would be safest.
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Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #972226 by Linden Leaf
Mar 1, 2019 8:11am
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This way the hosts are forced to fold my trading card sheets in thirds so the cards dont fall out of the sheet and become a lump in the envelope.

But you know they will fold the sheet backwards and the cards will still fall out!
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Reply to: #972247 by RIclimber
Mar 1, 2019 9:07am
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But if the envelope is about 6 by 9 inch it's physically impossible for the cards to slide out all the way and form a lump.
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Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #972249 by Linden Leaf
Mar 1, 2019 12:17pm
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But does it remain bendable? If not, to any arbitrary clerk' s standard, it can possibly cost more, be sent back or whatnot.
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Reply to: #972255 by Team Awesome Pants
Mar 1, 2019 12:35pm
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Yes. True. But it seems bendable enough. I have been seeing a lot of smaller manila envelopes sent to me as a host. So I decided to start doing it as a participant. And so far I haven't had any trouble as a host or as a participant.
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Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #972256 by Linden Leaf
Mar 1, 2019 1:04pm
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A small tracker, say 9 cards, usually can work in just 1/3 if a sheet with 3 cards per slot so no folding. Woodshed made 3 slot holders from 3 small zip bags (3”x4”) taped together for a 10x5 or a little larger envelope. The size limit on a letter size envelope is up to 6 1/8” tall and 11 1/2” wide. I have been cutting down some large flats to make the letter size. Plus extra ounces are only $.15 now instead of $.21. Lots of ways to save!
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Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #972257 by Kiss'n Karin
Mar 1, 2019 2:12pm
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I have been cutting down some large flats to make the letter size.

Just a reminder to keep in mind that if you are making it fit the “letter size” requirements, the total thickness cannot exceed 1/4”. The thickness for the larger “flats” is up to 3/4”.
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Reply to: #972260 by Wise Wanderer
Mar 1, 2019 3:44pm
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Yes!!

So the flat mailers need to be AT LEAST 6 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches. Otherwise they ship as a letter
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Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #972263 by Linden Leaf
Mar 1, 2019 5:42pm
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I came across this site while googling dentritic painting for Beetle’s art tracker — it has some great postal pointers!

http://mailmesomeart.blogspot.com/p/postal-points.html