This post is brought to you by Bendu in honor of FilmMan2010
Writing "Do Not Bend" on the outside of an envelope, or some haphazard packaging attempt, using flattened boxes you scored at the Post Office, (or a cut up piece of file folder) does not absolve you of your duty.
You are leaving (sometimes precious) signed photos or cards in the hands of Postal employees, that must have some clue that their jobs won't exist in a short period of time.
Don't 'just' write "Do Not Bend".....MAKE IT SO! Spend the few extra dollars for a top loader or a sturdy tube, some really thick doubled or tripled cardboard, inside a box full of packing popcorn or bubble-wrap .
Make it nearly impossible for the Evil Postal Monkey to bend, fold or crease the items you are sending through the mail.
It doesn't matter if you are sending the piece to a friend to add a signature for you, TTM to a celeb, or if you are sending a sold piece to someone else....Take the time to protect it. Or stand up, be a man, and make it right.
It's really not that hard.