tip no. 1 - insure your mail
now you don't need to go insuring anything and everything. use your common knowledge to decided what these items would be. most often it's things which can not be replaced and/or higher priced items which if they were to get lost or broken you'd be at a loss. personally, i find myself insuring about 95% of packages i ship, just to cover my own butt in the instance something like this should happen.
like this item below which traveled along side three other 10" plates, four 5" plates and four mugs. sadly, this plate didn't make it. now, i'm not to sure if it was a drop kick by the mail man or bumping against something else along the way. but either way it was a bummer when the buyer contacted me saying all items arrived ok other than this plate. i loved this plate so much, and i am truly saddened this happened. but i will rest reassured tonight because it was insured. so now the post will be covering the tab.