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Mar 28, 2008 06:39 PM

Bottles/Test Tubes for Sending Liquid Samples?

I need to figure out how to send small samples of liquid through the mail. Maybe a couple of sips of four different drinks. Needs to be in glass (which I'd pad well) or very non-reactive plastic, and must seal extremely securely.

Any suggestions?

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    1. re: alanbarnes

      Well, that's wholesale...wonder where they retail stuff like that....

      I was really hoping there'd be a simple suggestion in a place like CVS, but that may be unrealistic....

      1. re: Jim Leff

        For retail, your best bet is a local lab/medical supply house. Not exactly walk-in friendly, but if you have a part number from Fisher or another supply house they'll be able to track it down for you. Better yet, make friends with a chemist...

    2. Reuse bottles. The small liquor bottles that airline booze comes in. Shampoo samples, etc. Extracts or other liquid food products. They don't leak.
      I've gotten 4 oz bottles from the pharmacy. They had smaller ones too. But then we deal with an old fashioned pharmacy.
      A travel supply store that sells the TSA-approved bottles for travel.

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      1. re: MakingSense

        I assume that Jeff is asking in reference to this thread:

        So he would need unused glassware suitable for shipping to an importer/distributor.

        If there is anyone on the board that is in the wine/spirits importing buisiness, they could possibly lend a hand??

        EDIT: Maybe similar request on the wine or spirits boards or a heads up post pointing to this thread may help.

      2. I hate to tell you, but there may be some legal issues shipping that "liquid" across interstate/international borders --- or even through the mail, for that matter.

        quick and dirty way to find out what you need to know, talk to fedx or ups shipping customer service. may keep you out of some hot water..... (then of course, use them for the shipping).

        plus, do not use plastic that is non-food-grade. i would not recommend any plastic except the kind that holds alcoholic products (ahem....). glass obviously is preferable, but presents a couple more problems -- fragility and weight.....

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        1. re: alkapal

          Here in NYC (and everywhere else?) the postal clerk's mandated standard question is "Does this package contain anything fragile, liquid, or perishable?" If you answer yes, I assume they won't let you mail it.

          1. re: bob192

            Guys, thanks for the legal advice and guesswork as to the service I'm using and the contents of my package.

            But, really, I'm just asking a simple question. Thanks.

          2. re: alkapal

            Good point alkapal (and sorry to take your post OT Jim)...but back in the day when i was more naive , an intended recipient of a local bottle of wine got their knuckles severely rapped by the PS when i'd sent it through the mail. I lived in fear for days that the authorities would show up on my doorstep !! lol (actually i kinda did).

            Back on about those Tupperware Midgets?
            I use these to transport dressings and other liquids back and forth to work, and they also have the measurements on the side, they seal very well. You can find them easily on e-bay too.

            I'd go for any kind of plastic container, and for extra security, put inside a ziploc bag.

            For glass, go for a screw top spice container with a good seal. You can find those at any dollar store.

            1. re: im_nomad

              re: Tupperware Midgets, I'm not sure how reactive the plastic is

              Screw top spice container with a good seal is indeed a good fallback option. Thanks! Would like something a bit better sealing, ideally, and a bit smaller, to boot.

          3. Any packaging store (including several online--I recommend personally) will sell multiple sizes of food-grade plastic jars. Many shipping companies will require they be double bagged (eg bottle inside sealed bag) and/or use vermiculite for protection (which you can also buy from a packaging store like uline) and labelled appropriately. Most likely, you'll need to ship via UPS ground.

            Please note that shipping alcohol is likely to add a number of other restrictions (eg no delivery under 21, etc).

              1. re: alkapal

                Thanks, perfect. Exorbitant shipping, however.