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    Default Triangular Mailing Tubes

    So... I switched to Triangle Mailing Tubes a few months ago and have been pretty happy. Not a single one has been crushed or shredded and that has saved me quite a bit of money. Previously, about 1 in 25 tubes would get destroyed and I'd swallow the cost of replacing the poster and re-shipping.

    They're slightly more expensive and a bit more time consuming to package but that seems to be worth it in the long run.

    But... over xmas, I gave my brother-in-law some posters as a gift and use a triangle tube to carry them on the plane with me. When he opened it and removed the posters I noticed that they were a bit wavey. None of my customers have complained about this yet but I'm worried it's a matter of time until that happens. I'm guessing the solution is to pre-roll with craft paper and tape it secure the roll but then I'm worried that the poster might bounce around inside the box.

    Anyone have any experience with this?

    Here are the tubes for reference: Triangle Tubes in Stock - ULINE

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    yep, here in canada you pay extra to mail a tube as apposed to a triangle, something about the tubes rolling around and off sorting equipment... but I pre-roll, tape and stuff some packing paper or peanuts around to prevent it from banging around inside the triangle. I even used to ship mailing tube inside of the triangle but the added weight cost too much.

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    That's interesting. I like the idea of not running out of caps or having way more caps than tubes, and not having them roll all over my car... but they're almost twice the price. OTOH, they store flat. Huh. I might try 50 out and see what they're like.

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    seriously considering trying these, and about to drop a Uline order, anyway. any QC updates/notables?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weird Beard 72 View Post
    seriously considering trying these, and about to drop a Uline order, anyway. any QC updates/notables?
    Me too, any updates?

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    I've always used the free USPS tri mailers with standard tubes inside.
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    I've had one tube that crushed. One. Out of about 250 at this point. I roll the poster and put it in a plastic tube/sleeve and use bunched up paper to keep it from moving around. Also, you can throw in postcards or sticker and they stay flat in stead of getting curled up.

    ALso, I tried square boxes briefly and that was a complete disaster.

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    I got a poster which traveled about 80miles away. They used one of those triangle tubes w/o craft papers, the poster was creased but not enough to squawk about.

    Im going to try the those but w/craft paper.

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    I'm about to order something, but haven't finalized. Looking at tubes I've received from others, I like the 4" Uline tubes and I like the heavy wall 3" tubes. Both are more than the 3" tubes I was planning to purchase.

    Regarding pre-rolling with craft paper, as was my plan, I'd be less worried about it moving with the tube than the end to end movement. I'd think cutting the craft paper longer than the poster would save any end to end damage.

    Two other things: Just stumbled onto these Triangle/Hexagon mailers. Only this Erdie Industries makes them, but it looks interesting. Downside is the available sizes. 2.j5" ID might be cutting it too close to roll, whereas the 3" ID size is a whole 36" long.

    Still haven't placed an order with Uline as I'm always looking for the hidden super secret best alternative and did find this site, PackagingSupplies.com. Their selection is not as large and the price per tube isn't always better, but for me the shipping cost was way less. Your mileage may vary depending on location.

    Actually, double checking with Uline I find that although the cost per triangle tube is more than a round tube, if I order the right quantity I save more overall after shipping with the triangle tubes. Stupid logistics.

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    That's because triangle tubes ship flat rather than in a giant box

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