Trade Packing Advice for the new year: Don't use packing tape on bubble wrap

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by shuajw, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. shuajw

    shuajw Aspirant (287) Aug 12, 2007 Georgia

    I know it's been said in the past, but packing tape on bubble wrap ruins the bubble wrap and makes it unusable for future trades. Please try to use blue painters tape, rubber bands, even scotch tape on your bubble wrapped bottles. I've gotten to the point where I just wrap the bottle in bubble wrap and then put it into a plastic grocery bag and wrap the bag around the bottle and toss it in the box. You don't need any tape and you don't have to worry about the box leaking if something happens to the bottle.

    I was reminded of this very sage advice today while straightening up my packing material in the basement. One of my recent trading partners must run into this same issue, because he had used about 20 ruined sheets of bubble wrap as stuffing material in the box and hadn't even attempted to get the tape off, the bubble wrap was just torn apart and 75% covered with packing tape.

    Trading isn't a cheap hobby, so it's a good idea to make as much of the packing material reusable for future trades.
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  2. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Devotee (475) May 6, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    I'm going to send you a case of Abrasive wrapped in bubble wrap then Christmas paper wrapped, then duct taped solid. Just for you MM.
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  3. stxSS07

    stxSS07 Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2010 Illinois

    Just get the beer to me in one piece. Duct tape the entire bottle/can for all I care.

    I put a strip or two of Scotch tape on my bubble wrap. If that's a deal-breaker for anyone, I probably didn't want to trade with you anyway.
  4. JeepCop

    JeepCop Initiate (103) May 16, 2010 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    Rubber bands work great!
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  5. InebriatedJoker

    InebriatedJoker Zealot (586) Sep 16, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    I tape the shit out of the bubble wrap , my main goal is to get the beer to you in one piece - if it makes it there and it isn't broke my mission is accomplished .. I have never had a trading partner complain about how their beer was wrapped ..If they do I'm sending them a huge box with thousands of package peanuts next time..
  6. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2011 Texas

    Just roll them in the free Fed Ex padded mailers. No tape needed.
    I think I might have sent a few to the OP this way. ;-)

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  7. Devi0us

    Devi0us Initiate (0) May 3, 2011 California

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  8. shuajw

    shuajw Aspirant (287) Aug 12, 2007 Georgia

    Agreed, that safe delivery is first priority
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  9. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2012 Namibia

    I don't use bubble-wrap at all to cut down on costs.

    Materials I commonly use:

    "Have you seen this girl" flyers from the mail.
    Foil tops from yogurt packs.
    Yogurt packs themselves.
    The used coffee-grounds and filters I save from my morning coffee.
    Old packaging from various purchases that are cardboard/plastic packaging like sex-toys and matchbox cars.
    Old Kleenex/paper towels/aluminum foil
    Leaves from the trees outside when in season
    Fur when I take my poodle to the groomer

    I do use packaging tape to seal up my cardboard boxes that I get from costco at the checkout however, but one time I used drywall tape/mud to seal the box, but it got wet and didn't stay closed very well.
  10. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Once I found this at Walmart for around $8 a roll I've stopped taping anything besides external boxes. I just love the stuff and it lasts a long time.

    That said, my job is to get you your beer in pristine condition. Any packaging material you can salvage and use again is great, but not my priority.
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  11. shuajw

    shuajw Aspirant (287) Aug 12, 2007 Georgia

    I'll have to check that stuff out
  12. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (844) Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    i agree, number one priority is to make sure the beer gets there in one piece. If at the same time you can make the packing material resuable, that is great. Makes it a cheaper hobby for all of us.

    I use scotch tape, it comes off easily, doesnt ruin the bubble wrap. While we are at , just a reminder to all , boxed do have a shelf life, they can't be reused forever.
  13. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

    Pretty sure that I have annoyed more than one trader with my over use of that stuff.
  14. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (844) Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    I have an awesome trading partner who sent me an Alpine growler. i was so psyched to drink it, but being the knucklehead I am when I tried to open it with all the tape on it, couldn't do it! i was so frustrated. Wife came home and somehow opened it for me!
  15. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

    I freeze my bottles in carbonite a la Han Solo

  16. martin123012

    martin123012 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 New Jersey

    i wrap all bottles in bubble wrap then stuff them in six pack holders for 12 oz bottles and for 22oz i take 4 pack holders and cut the dividers and use that, keeps the bubble wrap together
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  17. woodchopper

    woodchopper Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I love to use duct tape that way I know the can or bottle stays in the bubble wrap I also love to tape the box with at least a roll of duct tape just so people struggle when opening :)
  18. JeepCop

    JeepCop Initiate (103) May 16, 2010 Kansas
    Beer Trader

    Just discovered stretch wrap and love it as well. I now get it from here at $5.95 a roll, when I order my styro wine shippers. No tax online and free shipping on orders over $25. Hard to beat IMO.
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  19. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    All things equal, sure, it's nice to reuse packaging. When it comes down to it though, my primary concern is getting the beer safely. I'd rather have noobs do what needs to be done to get it sent safely than worry about saving 50 cents worth of bubble wrap...

    Also, you can re-use taped bubble wrap, it just requires the use of more tape. :)
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  20. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    It really makes me sad and scares me that people have such difficulties with bubble wrap being taped. It isn't hard to unwrap and open at all.
  21. wingedeel

    wingedeel Zealot (504) Nov 17, 2005 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    It's a good thing they don't put child proof caps on beer.
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  22. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I almost exclusively purchase a new egg crate wine shipper for each trade that holds between 6 and 9 bottles. Each bottle is individually bubble wrapped and placed into a 1 gallon ziplock bag. C&C 750ml bottles get a 2 gallon ziplock freezer bag. I very frequently reuse packing materials, but I almost never reuse boxes.

    Lots of the boxes that I have show up at my place look like they've been kicked down 10 flights of stairs, and I'm really hesitant to ship out in them again unless they're in really great condition.
  23. ChadQuest

    ChadQuest Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2009 Illinois


  24. ChadQuest

    ChadQuest Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2009 Illinois

    Only a month? I always thought you've been here since 1996.
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  25. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,088) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    If you need to tape, or rubber bands or stretch wrap for that matter, you might be using insufficient amount of bubblewrap. Lotsa bubble wrap, into watertight plastic bag, done. Don't be exorbitant with the tape and cheap with the bubble wrap is my take.
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  26. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,358) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I don't tape the bottles and bubble wrap, I use enough bubble wrap it's completely unnecessary. I use enough bubble wrap you can turn the box upside down and shake it and you won't hear shit. The down side is that it costs an extra usually to add more wrap and make it sound proof. Sloshing around is your enemy as well as UPS guys chucking the freight.
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  27. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    As long as the bottles arrive safe and intact who cares how they are packaged is my take.
  28. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    Glad to hear this isn't mandatory, like extras. :p
  29. duceswild

    duceswild Meyvn (1,271) Feb 8, 2010 Maryland
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Just bought some of the stretch wrap to try out on my next trade.
  30. Archemedies

    Archemedies Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    This is what I think when I hear people complain about tape on bubble wrap:
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  31. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2012 California

    Just curious, but how do you guys use shrink wrap? Only way I can imagine would be to make bricks of 4+ beers and stick them together to save space.
  32. chriltz

    chriltz Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2010 Illinois

    Thread like this make me wonder how the people i ship to at work feel. One thing i ship a lot of is solid glass picture frames...i use about 1.25-1.5 sheets of wrap per frame, then i tape the ever living shit out of it so there are no edges that aren't covered by the wrap.
  33. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

  34. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I wrap each bottle in bubble wrap, then stretch wrap it to hell. Then I stretch wrap them together like a giant beer molecule to prevent them from moving around in transit. Then I put the beer molecule in a box, then put that box in a box that is lined with a garbage bag in case of leakage/breakage.

    Or I just use a bottle shipper.
  35. Number45forever

    Number45forever Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    At my old job, I walked past thousands and thousands of rubber bands, just sitting there...knowing that they are the perfect thing to secure bubble-wrapped bottles with. Taunting me, silently.

    Of course, I was not then a beer trader.

    Now, I'm too cheap to buy rubber bands so I sometimes have to resort to taping the bubble wrap. Each time I cut the tape to do so, visions of little rubber band men gloating of their greatness, stupid little laughs of theirs, start to dance through the recesses of my mind.

    Sometimes I can't sleep at night.
  36. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    Yeah screw tape!

    I usually just put a garbage bag in the bottom of a box, open it up and fill it up with strawberry Jello. I then shove the beers in there and seal the bag shut. Ship and repeat.
  37. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    I found a local wine shop that sells shippers of various sizes on the cheap, so now I just use those. Prior to that, I taped the shit out of every bottle I sent, and nothing ever broke.

    Basically, do whatever gets the beer to its destination, and give the finger to anyone who complains that they got the beer they wanted intact.
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