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Good Mailers and a better price
on December 2, 2010
I have been using #0 poly bubbles for a few years now and the differences between the 3 companies I have purchased from both on and off Amazon are fairly minor. I have purchased from Royal Mailers, Value Mailers and now Pro Packaging Supply. All 3 provided quality bubble mailers that I am not hesitant to use with my products. My favorite brand among the 3 is Royal Mailers. I recently had a very poor customer service experience with Royal Mailers over their terrible mailing labels which led me to try other brands. I still prefer the Royal Mailer #0 poly mailer but the others are also good choices.
The Royal Mailer #0 is the biggest of the 3 with a 6.5 X 9.5 usable interior. I like the extra room and feel that it's a little easier to stuff. My product doesn't take up the entire space and the slightly larger envelope provides it with just a little more protection. I have sent items that include CDs with them and I seem to have fewer cracked CDs with the bigger package. I have no hard evidence as I don't track all the damage and which envelope but it seems like there are fewer damaged discs when I am using the bigger package (I only buy one box at a time so there's not much overlap in the brands that I have on hand). I have had cracked CDs with all 3 though. The envelopes are not meant to be the sole protection and who knows how they are handled in transit. The Royal also seems to have a stickier glue and whether that is a good thing really depends on how often you forget to put something in after you close the bag :). You'll probably end up having to use tape to reseal the bag with the Royal as you won't be able to open it again without tearing the plastic. To me, that is a good thing. The other two can be opened again and resealed if done fairly quickly without damage though neither of the other two have weak glue. They will all seal and stay sealed.
The Value Mailer is slightly smaller at 6.5 X 9.25. One feature that the Value Mailer has that the other two don't is a tear strip tab at the top when the mailer is sealed. My products are packaged inside additional plastic bags so this is a feature for me but if you're using poly bags to to minimize water intrusion keep that in mind as the value mailer does have a tear tab at the top that could let water in a little easier. It may also be less frustrating for people to open though too. I don't think the water integrity is hurt all that much if at all but worth mentioning as it's a feature that may make a difference to some. Out of the 3 brands of mailers that I've used, this one has the flattest bubbles. They still provide protection but do seem a little less inflated than the other 2.
The Pro Packaging Supply mailer is the smallest of the 3 that I have used with an interior space of 6 X 9.25. My products fit a little snugger in this mailer than the others as it is not as wide. The bubbles in this mailer seem to be slightly fuller or thicker than the Value Mailer too. This may leave you with less room in the bag but does provide decent protection.
If I were to put them in order of my preference it would be Royal Mailer, Pro Packaging then Value Mailer however I don't think you'd go wrong with any of them. All 3 were cheaper through Amazon than at their respective sites so that is a plus for buying via Amazon too!
Update 10/20/2011: I just received a new box from Royal Mailers today and their product has changed since my original review. The adhesive is now a much weaker clear that is able to be opened without tearing the packaging. While this is good if you make a mistake and need to open and put something else in, it's not so good for the security of the contents while in transit. The package could be opened and the contents removed without obvious tampering. The interior bubbles also seem to be thinner and there's a thick seam on one side and a very thin one on the other. Overall these look much cheaper than they used to and don't appear to offer the same protection or security of their previous envelopes. I dropped my rating by 1 star based on the current batch and am going to be trying some of the other sellers again. I understand cutting costs but this put their mailers at the bottom of the list for me. I would rather have paid a little more to keep the better quality.
Update 12/27/2011: Just got a shipment from The Boxery. Shipping was via UPS ground that took about 5 days to get to me and was delivered before estimates. The quality of the envelopes is equal to what I used to get from Royal and has the red glue that once sealed, stays sealed. The envelopes are evenly cut with small seams on each side and the bubbles inside feel fuller and seem like they will offer better protection. As long as the quality stays the same, The Boxery will be the ones I order from now on. My preferences based on my most recent purchases are The Boxery, Pro Packaging, Value Mailer, Royal Mailers.