paul haigh wrote:I struggle with this as well. I don't want to pass the cost of packaging on, and I strive to be enviro-friendly, but doing it right and looking professional are part of the experience as well so I end up using new material and fresh boxes.
Whatever you do- don't start using just newspaper/crumpled paper. A little humidity or jostling, and it flattenes out and loses all protective value.
Shipping breakage is about 99% caused by the settling of packing materials (like lose peanuts) and the resultant movement of packed objects (hitting each other).
I talk about this subject with students...........
In America at a "craft fair" or home sale or something like that, WAY too many potters will grab any old newspapers or the like and wrap it around the piece haphazardly, stick some masking tape on it, and stuff it in an old Walmart plastic bag with the smiley face on it.
In Japan, a piece is carefully wrapped in brand new foam materials, carefully folded like an origami work and usually taped with some special looking tape. Then they are placed in some beautiful new wrapping paper, usually a graphic design award winner pattern, and again a folding and taping masterpiece. They they go into a brand new cardoard box, and the box is again wrapped in beautiful paper and folded to a perfection that would make a Marine bed making inspection look pale by comparison.
In Japan...... pots and potters are appreciated.
And the prices for good piece are high.