The holiday season means you’ll probably be sending or receiving a few packages, whose delicate (or lively) contents might require a little more love and affection during transit than your average Australia Post delivery.
Slapping a bunch of “Fragile” stickers on it might grant you a sense of security, but a former parcel sorter has some bad news for you: those don’t work. What does work is a slightly more eye-catching method you can employ to protect your mail: packaging decorations.
Former parcel sorter and redditor right_ho noted, from their experience, that packages laden with “Fragile” stickers are usually treated just as roughly as their sticker-free counterparts.
If you want to give your box a better chance at arriving safely, they suggest you add a bit more flair in the form of (real or faked) child-created drawings, cute stickers and handwritten messages. According to right_ho, “If it is marked breakable and has ‘I love you Gran’ in crayon with cute stickers everywhere, I would be less likely to put it on the bottom under heavy boxes to get squashed”.
Of course, you can (and should) do your due diligence and protect your fragile merchandise by packing it properly, in addition to clearly marking it with stickers, drawings, or the occasional mention of “Glass” on the exterior.
LPT From a Former Parcel Sorter [Reddit]