Shipping Vintage Matchbooks- HAZMAT!?!?

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Original Post

Hi all,

I just sold a lot of vintage matchbooks and had them all packed up only to read that matches are considered "Hazardous Material" by the USPS.

I plan on going in to my local PO tomorrow to ask how to ship but does anyone here already know how to remedy this?

There are lots of people selling these. Does anyone ship them correctly? Or has everyone just lied when they ask if anything flammable is inside?

Thanks!

Angela

Posted at 2:02 am Aug 5, 2010 EDT

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BeachRatz says

Here ya go...looks like they can not ship via Priority Mail.

pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52apxc_015.htm

Posted at 2:22 am Aug 5, 2010 EDT

I've sent matches First Class mail, but it was only one pack. Certain items can only go ground, like anything with liquid, for instance :) If matches fall under that, then just send them Parcel Post.

Posted at 2:25 am Aug 5, 2010 EDT

Thanks..couldn't find that earlier! And apparently they have to be shipped in a wood or fiberboard box. This is going to be a real doozy!

Posted at 2:28 am Aug 5, 2010 EDT

AnyOldTime says

Well, this was an education! Thanks for posting!!

Posted at 8:52 am Aug 5, 2010 EDT

Wow. I make art out of matchbooks, this is good to know! Thank you. :)

Posted at 8:53 am Aug 5, 2010 EDT

OK, here's the skinny. The first PO I went to said, "They're combustible!" and they wouldn't ship them AT ALL. The next PO laughed at the gov't's idea of shipping matches in a wooden box and asked me if they were the matches you have to strike to light (they are) and if they were encased in plastic (they are). Then they shipped them for me.

I'm certainly not going to mess with selling these again!

Posted at 5:41 pm Aug 5, 2010 EDT

A lot of dealers that sell them take the matches out- but they do that before selling so the buyer knows.

Posted at 5:42 pm Aug 5, 2010 EDT

Does the customer mind if you cut the heads of the matches. It is the covers that they collect. If they are vintage I doublt they would even light

Posted at 5:43 pm Aug 5, 2010 EDT

Ladyfingers22 says:
Does the customer mind if you cut the heads of the matches. It is the covers that they collect. If they are vintage I doublt they would even light
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Yikes, if I were paying money for vintage matchbooks, I sure wouldn't want them damaged purposely.

Posted at 5:45 pm Aug 5, 2010 EDT

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