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Canada Post mailing 35mm film canister
Old 01-05-2012   #1
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Canada Post mailing 35mm film canister

It's simple, really, I want to mail a single roll of 35mm slide film to Toronto ON. I live in London ON. I put it in a 5x7 inch bubble mailer envelope, went to my local post office, who measured it, weighed it, and declared that the cheapest option is $9. EH?? I asked about regular letter service but she claimed it was too thick.

Can this really be true? Is $9 the cheapest option to mail a canister of film within my own province? Please someone tell me otherwise.

I thought about just sticking a stamp on it and putting it in the mailbox but I thought I'd ask first.

Anyone know the right answer?

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Old 01-05-2012   #2
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In Germany it has become cheaper to leave out the canister and pack the bare cartridges in a standardized small parcel. I suppose with increased machine processing at the sorting hub similar regulations are spreading everywhere.

But what you save in postage may be spent in time - parcels won't fit the regular mailbox down the road, but have to be left at the post office (or a "Packbox" in front of the same).
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How about this http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/ma...-e.asp#1392028 .

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Cut the film into strips and you can post it flat : )
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The post office has a piece of plastic with a slot in it to determine if a letter/package is too thick. If it is able to pass through, then it's a letter.
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I was surprised and skeptical to hear it was $9, having recently sent several padded envelopes to the states I was sure I had paid less. Turns out I'm right. Here's a fun exercise. Use the "Find a Rate" tool on the Canada Post website and put identical package dimensions of 5x7x2 and 0.2 kg. First do London to Toronto, a 2 hour drive up the highway. Then do Toronto to California. $9 dollars for the 2 hour drive to Toronto, while two services to California are cheaper, at $7.50 and $5.85. Weird.
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Wrong London perhaps?:-)

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I was surprised and skeptical to hear it was $9, having recently sent several padded envelopes to the states I was sure I had paid less. Turns out I'm right. Here's a fun exercise. Use the "Find a Rate" tool on the Canada Post website and put identical package dimensions of 5x7x2 and 0.2 kg. First do London to Toronto, a 2 hour drive up the highway. Then do Toronto to California. $9 dollars for the 2 hour drive to Toronto, while two services to California are cheaper, at $7.50 and $5.85. Weird.
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Chris... I like it!!

I tried to send two rolls of 120 from Toronto to Mississauga.. for reasons given earlier in this thread the cost was more than the film! You don't want to try and send a photo print by mail thats 11x14... let me tell you. It's getting the same everywhere as postal services are standardizing.
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Yeah, Toronto to London, England is cheaper to. Your choice of air mail for $8.53 or boat for $6.54.


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Apparently, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_density but you could be forgiven for not knowing it not having worked in the Pulp and Paper Industry. Knowing the wet and dry basis weights was pretty important to the operators if you wanted to avoid breaks. You had to ask.

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The post office has a piece of plastic with a slot in it to determine if a letter/package is too thick. If it is able to pass through, then it's a letter.
Exactly right.

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You can post it to Genie Imaging in London, UK, and get it processed for 2 a roll!
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Apparently, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_density but you could be forgiven for not knowing it not having worked in the Pulp and Paper Industry. Knowing the wet and dry basis weights was pretty important to the operators if you wanted to avoid breaks. You had to ask.

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Good to know. I'll have to work it into my every day conversations.
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Good to know. I'll have to work it into my every day conversations.
Yea, good luck with that.

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