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    • KRDmum
    • By KRDmum 26th Aug 15, 12:48 PM
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    Foam packaging vs bubble wrap
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    • 26th Aug 15, 12:48 PM
    Foam packaging vs bubble wrap 26th Aug 15 at 12:48 PM
    I am getting a bit fed up with the poor quality bubble wrap, that I need to use twice as much to make sure that an item is securely packaged. I have also previously used some of the foam sheets (they came with some electrical items) and I was quite impressed with them and quite liked them.
    So the aim of my question is really to see what is more preferable with you guys, foam or bubble wrap and any ideas where I can source foam pockets/pouches, as I do not seem to have much luck on eBay or Google. They're are a few sellers that sell foam rolls, which is the next best thing to pouches, however, pouches were quite sturdy and more protective. Thanks
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    • November2
    • By November2 26th Aug 15, 1:34 PM
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    • 26th Aug 15, 1:34 PM
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    • 26th Aug 15, 1:34 PM
    Don't use either, I use screwed up newspaper below, around and above item. The biggest mistake most people make is not using a box big enough when sending via courier. Often sending an item in a big box with plenty of packaging is the same price as a small box with little packaging. I do use bubblewrap occasionally, I just pick it up from the local supermarket where it is given away for free, they just throw it away so are happy to get rid of it. I've noticed repair garages often have the polystyrene blocks thrown in side skips as I guess many of the parts come packed in it, you could ask at your local.
    • celestius
    • By celestius 27th Aug 15, 7:19 AM
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    • 27th Aug 15, 7:19 AM
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    • 27th Aug 15, 7:19 AM
    I always use the small bubblewrap. I buy 3 large rolls at a time from http://www.odlpackaging.co.uk and I think the quality is good, they are also on Ebay.
    I sell lots of toys at Xmas and they need good packaging, never had any complaints!
    • Vernier
    • By Vernier 27th Aug 15, 12:37 PM
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    • 27th Aug 15, 12:37 PM
    Bubble wrap is very variable in quality. I have some (bought at a car-boot sale) that starts popping if you just look at it a bit funny. Another roll (from a different car-boot) you have to squeeze quite hard to destroy it.

    My local supermarket is one of the few that still puts out their packaging for customers, and they often put out polystyrene-foam boxes (things like lettuce and mushrooms seem to come in it) and it is good for packing heavy items. Worth asking your local shop if you need it.
    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 28th Aug 15, 6:04 AM
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    • 28th Aug 15, 6:04 AM
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    • 28th Aug 15, 6:04 AM
    I second ODL. If you buy genuine Jiffy bubble it is far better than the rubbish you can pick up on eBay.
    "I suggest you read who's thread this is and you will find its MINE". sic
    • ailey
    • By ailey 28th Aug 15, 5:43 PM
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    • 28th Aug 15, 5:43 PM
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    • 28th Aug 15, 5:43 PM
    Celestius - I need to buy some good quality bubble wrap as the last couple of large rolls I bought were poor quality. I'd like to try ODL Packaging and have just checked their website. Do you buy the standard bubble wrap or the sealed air version? I can't find them on EBay though. Can you please give me their EBay name. Many thanks.
    "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 29th Aug 15, 9:00 PM
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    • 29th Aug 15, 9:00 PM
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    • 29th Aug 15, 9:00 PM
    Celestius - I need to buy some good quality bubble wrap as the last couple of large rolls I bought were poor quality. I'd like to try ODL Packaging and have just checked their website. Do you buy the standard bubble wrap or the sealed air version? I can't find them on EBay though. Can you please give me their EBay name. Many thanks.
    Originally posted by ailey
    Try this, http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/o.d.l.packaging/m.html?item=181120261921&hash=item2a2b9bdf21&var=4 80228734710&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
    "I suggest you read who's thread this is and you will find its MINE". sic
    • ailey
    • By ailey 29th Aug 15, 11:23 PM
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    • 29th Aug 15, 11:23 PM
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    • 29th Aug 15, 11:23 PM
    Thanks for the link, theonlywayisup. I never thought in putting dots in at o.d.l. - silly me lol! Much appreciated.

    Now I hope Celestius lets me know if the cheaper version is still good bubble wrap or if I'd be better buying the sealed air version.
    "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
    • celestius
    • By celestius 30th Aug 15, 6:34 PM
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    • 30th Aug 15, 6:34 PM
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    • 30th Aug 15, 6:34 PM
    Thanks for the link, theonlywayisup. I never thought in putting dots in at o.d.l. - silly me lol! Much appreciated.

    Now I hope Celestius lets me know if the cheaper version is still good bubble wrap or if I'd be better buying the sealed air version.
    Originally posted by ailey
    I have only bought the small bubble wrap not the sealed version - it's been fine until you get right to the end of the roll and the bubbles are squashed!
    http://www.odlpackaging.co.uk/500-mm-small-bubble-wrap-x-100-m.html
    • skivenov
    • By skivenov 30th Aug 15, 8:59 PM
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    If I haven't had anything better come my way, I tend to cut a corrugated cardboard box up and loosely roll the cardboard to fill any voids.
    Yes it's overwhelming, but what else can we do?
    Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?
    • ballisticbrian
    • By ballisticbrian 6th Mar 17, 4:30 PM
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    I agree that eBay is full of really awful bubble wrap. It is a victim like many other product lines, of the -click sort by price, and sellers of decent products can't get the visibility to survive.
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    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 6th Mar 17, 5:17 PM
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    I always use the small bubblewrap. I buy 3 large rolls at a time from http://www.odlpackaging.co.uk and I think the quality is good, they are also on Ebay.
    I sell lots of toys at Xmas and they need good packaging, never had any complaints!
    Originally posted by celestius
    I only use bubble from ODL. I sell breakables and haven't had one for years.
    "I suggest you read who's thread this is and you will find its MINE". sic
    • Nesty
    • By Nesty 8th Mar 17, 10:10 PM
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    A poster made a decent point about newspaper.
    I started using this system & screwed up newspaper offers great cushioning and shock absorbing qualities when packed correctly.
    As the poster says you must have a gap around the item in the box.
    It's all about the crumple zone in packaging!
    • mrcol1000
    • By mrcol1000 9th Mar 17, 2:09 PM
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    I recently brought something highly breakable directly from Amazon. It was in a box and then in another box surrounded by paper. No bubble wrap or any other packaging. Nothing on the outside of the box to say it was fragile. It was in perfect condition. Either Amazon Logistics are incredibly careful with their parcels or they know bubble wrap is a waste of time.
    • thewrongtrousers
    • By thewrongtrousers 9th Mar 17, 4:53 PM
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    Bubble wrap does vary massively in quality, we got fed up several years ago with the poor quality avaliable on eBay and now get ours direct from a local wholesaler, its a couple 3 more but we know the quality is good.

    We do only use large bubble wrap though (and newspaper), not the small bubble stuff which is never going to be good enough in a lot of cases.
    • skintpaul
    • By skintpaul 11th Mar 17, 8:18 AM
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    I use two layers b/wrap, minimum.
    Then tape around, and put in sturdy box.

    Saying that, most deliveries I have received (dvd's mainly) just come in simple jiffy bag, or a plastic wrapper!
    breathe in, breathe out- You're alive! Everything else is a bonus, right? RIGHT??
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