It’s a tempation familiar to many eBay sellers: your buyer just doesn’t want to pay postage and packing, and for a fleeting moment, you want to slap a stamp on the item itself, and stick it in the post box. Now one Swedish artist (who, as far as I know, doesn’t sell on eBay) has tried just that. Eric Ericson has been testing the limits of European postal services by sending a variety of objects just as they are, with no packaging, to an address in Berlin.
He told Wired magazine that he “wanted to see what was possible to send, and what would arrive”. The most difficult item was a mannequin, sent in separate parts, while “food is easy; you just put it in a mailbox.” Eric has published a book, To Mr Cheng, showing the items he sent.
Now I know where I am going wrong,
Fabric Pens! Postage being free, and packaging too,
Somehow, I think my DSRs would take a battering if I tried that one,
Did he say what percentage arrived and how long on average it too?
We ALL need Bubble Wrap – even if its virtual where you can pop till you drop 🙂
Lingerie sellers would have it easy! Address on the left bra cup, stamp on the right one.
No prizes for guessing where the returns address goes on the pairs of knickers!
thats funny! I would love to try that for a laugh! I reckon the post ladies in Thatcham would be pissing themselves. The only funny thing I have seen is a really crap alarm clock going off why the postie was carrying the sack out of the PO!!
Ha – I bought a game with an electronic speaker and it arrived (from the US!) with the batteries in and the voice speaking. My postman was laughing his head off and it must have been switched on all the way across the Atlantic and through customs 😀
i always wondered what would happen if i stuck a stamp on a £5 note and posted it with an address wrote on the note itself. Do you think it would get to the destination?
We had a DHL driver bring us back a return today, originally packed by us in a nice box with bubble wrap but it was smashed to pieces…
In his other hand he had a delivery of the SAME product from a suppler in perfect condition with just a shipping label on it!
For those wondering on what the US Postal Service might do with strange items:
Improbable Research – Postal Experiments
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