There may be an isolated case that someone has made into an issue in some chatroom but the post
office has so much Media Mail to handle and so few inspectors, that you probably have a better
chance of being hit by a bus.. That said, improperly-packed records of any kind, 78 or LP, stand a
good chance of being mangled by careless handling in ANY shipping system. Some clients want to
overnight everything on the theory that the less time it's in a shipping system, the fewer
opportunities for it to get dropped or stepped on. I don't do too many 78's, but those I've done
were either hand-delivered or packaged extremely carefully.
Bottom line is, I think any reports of frequent/mass openings of Media Mail is a rumor due to volume
of mail vs. number of inspectors.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steven Smolian" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2007 11:26 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Media mail
Has anyone had any incidents involving the opening of media mail containing 78s by the post office?
Any where they were badly repacked by them?
I've not had the experience but am trying to track down a rumor.