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Packaging

Post by crusto » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:18 am

Ive been meaning to bring this up for a while now. Im a bit of a sucker for having and keeping stuff in mint condition. This isnt currently possible as far as my RG magazines are concerned. They nearly always arrive with some form of damage done to them, usually on the spine. Nothing major (most of the time) but still not perfect. This is obviously down to the flimsy packaging as it offers little to no protection. I would happily pay for something a bit more sturdy, like a decent jiffy bag or something similar.

I used to have one of those god awful post boxes on my wall, consequently I would always find my latest copy of RG forcefully stuffed into it, causing damage. So I sorted that out and although things have improved im still not satisfied!
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Re: Packaging

Post by crusto » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:34 am

Does anybody else on here receive damaged copys of RG then, or is it just me? :shock:
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Re: Packaging

Post by The Laird » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:49 am

Mine are always fine

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Re: Packaging

Post by fujiHunter » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:02 am

crusto wrote:Ive been meaning to bring this up for a while now. Im a bit of a sucker for having and keeping stuff in mint condition. This isnt currently possible as far as my RG magazines are concerned. They nearly always arrive with some form of damage done to them, usually on the spine. Nothing major (most of the time) but still not perfect. This is obviously down to the flimsy packaging as it offers little to no protection.
Mine usually come with some sort of minor damage somewhere... don't think I've ever had a 100% mint issue. However, unless the damage is really severe (happened to me a couple of times) I usually just look past the zings, bumps and bashes and accept them as an unfortunate inevitability.
crusto wrote:I would happily pay for something a bit more sturdy, like a decent jiffy bag or something similar.
A jiffy bag probably won't help much as the magazine can still be bent (which can cause damage). What you really need if you want a mint magazine is a cardboard mailer as this pretty much eliminates all types of potential damage. I've bought a few new back issues/bookazines on Ebay (from people who specialise in magazine overstock) which were posted in cardboard mailers. The items arrived in absolute immaculate condition.

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Post by CraigGrannell » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:44 am

Depends on the whims of our postie and how much other mail arrives that day. If it's just RG, it'll be fine. If there are several things, he usually tries to ram everything through the letterbox at once. Mind you, RG's sturdy nature usually leads to little damage; 2000 AD, on the other hand, is semi-regularly wrecked by Royal Mail.
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Re: Packaging

Post by kiwimike » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:00 am

I've never subscribed but bought quite a few mags & bookzines of both RG and Sci fi now. Without exception, every one has arrived very well packed and in mint condition.
Must depend on the postie...

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Post by MattyC64c » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:10 am

Mine always arrive in 100% condition. I have worked at Royal Mail though, and they do tend to throw things around a lot.

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Re: Packaging

Post by RetroBob » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:29 am

Mine are always fine (touch wood).
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Re: Packaging

Post by Syntesis » Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:46 pm

Mine always have some damage unless a signed for package has arrived at the same time and the postie bothers to ring the bell. Were it not for the good price on direct debit subscriptions I would have cancelled long ago.

I wish they would come in jiffy bags with do not bend written on them like the back issues do even if it meant the subscription prices going up a bit.

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Re: Packaging

Post by crusto » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:18 pm

Syntesis wrote:Mine always have some damage unless a signed for package has arrived at the same time and the postie bothers to ring the bell. Were it not for the good price on direct debit subscriptions I would have cancelled long ago.

I wish they would come in jiffy bags with do not bend written on them like the back issues do even if it meant the subscription prices going up a bit.
This.

People say jiffy bags are no good, but for me I think they are a good deterrant and make posties think twice before they ram things through your letterbox. Anything would be better than the glorified condoms the mags are sent in at the moment. And like you say, i would be happy to pay a bit more.
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