I'm shipping out some bettas to another memeber...do you guys think I should label my boxes as LIVE FISH? All I have on the box is HOLD FOR PICK UP. Should I also label it FRAGILE or THIS END UP?
True, very true. But I'll be packing them fairly well to be able to handle it. I'll make a video of the packing.depending on the people who handle the package even though it is labeled like that they might still treat it like dirt some people dont care whats in the package or in what condition it arrives in as long as they get paid
I've had a couple of shipments from NY that were labeled live fish...no problems...maybe it's his specific PO?If this helps at all....I talked to another member of IBC at a show that refuses to ship live any of his fish at all after seeing how some postal workers in the NY area treat boxes labeled as holding live fish.
He works receiving live fish daily.
Can't avoid taking offense here...depending on the people who handle the package even though it is labeled like that they might still treat it like dirt some people dont care whats in the package or in what condition it arrives in as long as they get paid
Yeah, some companies do put perishables in the fridgeI doubt they'd go in the cargo fridge but I'm using two heat packs (20 hour and 72 hour) so if they did they'd be heated about 20 degrees higher than the fridge temp. I will be packing my bettas with only the best shipment methods possible...they are going USPS Priority.
Ya but I'm packing them to arrive alive even in subzero temps so if they do...no big deal. I just hope their trip is short...I ship my fry food cultures via Priority and I've never had one take more than 2 days to get to it's destination.Yeah, some companies do put perishables in the fridge
I've never had problems with the fish i've received, they've all arrived lively and healthy. You can place all the labels you want with USPS, they actually require you label live fish.
I know they won't be demanding you open the package but I'm sure it's better to label, we don't know what their procedures for these packages are.
They can get over 150 degrees so it's very important to carefully wrap them in newspaper and protect the fish with plenty of padding.Im always afraid.. wont heat packs overheat the water?
Or too little...I will be using phone book paper so I'll probably use two sheets. Also it depends on where you put the heat pack...the bottom of the box will need more news paper than if it was taped to the box lid. Remember that heat packs need air so don't overdo the newspaper!thats why i dont ship.. id probably not wrap it enough newspaper
I just want them to read the HOLD FOR PICK UP label...the others are just to get their attention lol.FFFfffffff the people at my PO were pretty rough with my fish, despite the 'fragile' label on it. After I told them what was inside, they acted like it was going to explode at any given moment. =/
I'm not sure how many postal workers actually...read the labels or take them into consideration.