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#26 BigO OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:29 PM

I know a postmaster who I communicate with very infrequently. Maybe I'll shoot him an email and see what he has to say, if anything.



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Posted Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:08 PM

You can ship it USPS Media Mail I do it all the time, just put a label (or note) on the box that it is ok to open for inspection and list the contents as Computer Floppy Disk.   No one will give you any problems no matter what is on the media.

 

I have even shipped Floppies still in the flip top case, that have been opened for inspection and approved.



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Posted Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:50 PM

You can ship it USPS Media Mail I do it all the time, just put a label (or note) on the box that it is ok to open for inspection and list the contents as Computer Floppy Disk.   No one will give you any problems no matter what is on the media.

 

I have even shipped Floppies still in the flip top case, that have been opened for inspection and approved.

It's not just floppy disks. There's original packaging for a variety of software. I wonder if that would make a difference in the scenario you experienced.

 

I personally don't comprehend why it being a game would make a difference.  

 

I didn't envision this thread turning into an actual interesting, tangential discussion. :)



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Posted Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:59 PM

It's not just floppy disks. There's original packaging for a variety of software. I wonder if that would make a difference in the scenario you experienced.

 

I personally don't comprehend why it being a game would make a difference.  

 

I didn't envision this thread turning into an actual interesting, tangential discussion. :)

Sometimes it just depends on the USPS employee who looks in the box - it is left up to their interpretation (or if they are having a good/bad day). Sometimes the box never gets opened or inspected.

 

BTW - FedEx ground would be $31.83 to me. Not too bad.

UPS would be $35.68.



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Posted Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:19 PM

It's not just floppy disks. There's original packaging for a variety of software. I wonder if that would make a difference in the scenario you experienced.

 

I personally don't comprehend why it being a game would make a difference.  

 

I didn't envision this thread turning into an actual interesting, tangential discussion. :)

 

It wont make a difference at all.   It has been my experience that if you put that note on the box ( "Computer Floppy Disk - Postal Worker OK to Open to Inspect") they never do.   WORST case the they will send it back to you and say no go, so nothing to lose for trying.



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Posted Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:36 PM

The curiosity is eating at me... I'd like to offer $65 + shipping. I live in Seattle, so shipping will likely not be too bad. I may want to avoid Media Mail just because it's such a big shipment.

 

 



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Posted Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:20 PM

This should go to someone who will image and post it to an online archive.



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Posted Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:49 PM

This should go to someone who will image and post it to an online archive.

I'm willing to do that!



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Posted Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:33 PM

 
Yeah I just figured that one out.  I always thought it was only for books, but as long as there's no hardware in there you can ship it media mail.


Not true. Media mail cannot be used for software.

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Posted Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:43 AM

The USPS link on Media Mail does state under qualified items (https://pe.usps.com/.../dmm300/173.htm), "Computer-readable media containing prerecorded information and guides or scripts prepared solely for use with such media." But that is so vague that I guess they leave it up to the inspector to make the call? So I guess if there's a catalog or a flyer advertising other products included with the contents of the software package, that may be a disqualifier.

 

I just tend to avoid Media Mail unless I'm shipping a book.



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Posted Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:00 PM

The USPS link on Media Mail does state under qualified items (https://pe.usps.com/.../dmm300/173.htm), "Computer-readable media containing prerecorded information and guides or scripts prepared solely for use with such media." But that is so vague that I guess they leave it up to the inspector to make the call? So I guess if there's a catalog or a flyer advertising other products included with the contents of the software package, that may be a disqualifier.

 

I just tend to avoid Media Mail unless I'm shipping a book.

I'd just about bet that there is something in there that one could qualify as advertising. Not sure how hard an inspector would look, but I tend to follow your tendency. 



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Posted Thu Nov 2, 2017 2:58 PM

This should go to someone who will image and post it to an online archive.

 

 

That would be me. I've been imaging every disk I receive and sending them to @a2_4am for cracking and archival.  Follow him if you have any interest in Apple II stuff. 


Edited by ianoid, Thu Nov 2, 2017 3:03 PM.


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Posted Thu Nov 2, 2017 4:08 PM

The short answer for media mail is: Software yes, video games no.

 

Productivity software (word processors, operating system discs, etc.) are fine.  Educational software is fine.  Edutainment software is probably fine, provided the focus is more on education than on entertainment: those Fisher Price math CDs with little games featuring that Frogger knock-off mascot probably wouldn't stir up any ire, but real-guitar game RockSmith would likely be frowned upon.  Simulation games is where you really start hitting a gray area.  Anything beyond that, forget it.  Console discs are right out.

 

Having said all that, a big box of random old computer disks, most of which are probably productivity and educational software or other "back-up" disks, I wouldn't lose too much sleep over sending it Media Mail.  If you really want to keep your conscience clean, though, I'd suggest what others have already suggested, and compare USPS vs. FedEx and UPS rates.

 

I'm curious what's in this box.  I'll make a $70+shipping bid.


Edited by FujiSkunk, Thu Nov 2, 2017 8:56 PM.


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Posted Thu Nov 2, 2017 8:45 PM

offering $75 plus shipping :thumbsup:



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Posted Fri Nov 3, 2017 1:26 AM

My offer is $125

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Posted Fri Nov 3, 2017 3:51 AM

I'm in Phoenix. are you east or west valley? If its close enough I may have an offer that would have value in its convience to you.



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Posted Fri Nov 3, 2017 6:31 AM

I'm in Phoenix. are you east or west valley? If its close enough I may have an offer that would have value in its convience to you.

North Central. Lookout Mountain. https://www.google.c...in, Phoenix, AZ



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Posted Fri Nov 3, 2017 6:59 AM

Cool, thats reletivly close. heres my offer. its less then the other guys but i dunno how much you may value the convience.

 

$60 cash, so no paypal fees or transfers to bother with. I'll come to you so no lugging the disks to the PO, no messing with postage or lines or worrying about things getting lost in the mail.

 

I at least thought I would try :)



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Posted Fri Nov 3, 2017 12:43 PM

My offer is $125

Ianoid brings out the big guns!



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Posted Fri Nov 3, 2017 7:15 PM

Good grief ... I'm upping to $130



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Posted Fri Nov 3, 2017 7:27 PM

If I knew what was in here I'd go to $200.

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Posted Sat Nov 4, 2017 12:55 AM

$135 for now

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Posted Sat Nov 4, 2017 1:01 AM

Seems I take it?

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Posted Sat Nov 4, 2017 8:24 AM

Seems I take it?

One would hope, but here does not seem to be an end to when this is going to happen.



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Posted Sat Nov 4, 2017 9:41 AM

One would hope, but here does not seem to be an end to when this is going to happen.

If you thought I was staying up until midnight for this, you are clearly more excited about this than I am. :-D






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