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Return labels: What address to use?

Well, I print my own return address labels from home which have my personal address. I just printed out a new batch and have been thinking about the idea of making a new set with my commission/artist name

I'd like to do labels with my logo (because somehow, little pictures of Pokemon doesn't scream "professional" to me) and the name "Pandamonium Creations" instead of my personal name. But...what address should I use?

I was originally just going to do my home address, but I'm starting to get a little paranoid about that. I don't have a P.O. box, but I'll get one if it'd be safer/more professional.

Or am I just being silly and should stick with my personal name and address for mailing out commissions?
*Note: I never recieve things under my commission name, so this would purely be for return address purposes (Though if I got a PO box I would start using that for my other things, of course)*

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emirasan
Aug. 29th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
I've used both my real name and my business name with the same address for some time now without issues. It does help me keep things separated between "real" life and business dealings.
sigilgoat
Aug. 29th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
I use my legal name and home address on my shipping labels.

In the future I will want to have two, one with my legal name AND artists name, and then personal ones, but both will still have my home address.

It's really disgustingly easy to get someone's home address with simple info you can get online, so I don't try and hide it!
sbneko
Aug. 29th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
This.

I know we're always taught to be careful on the net, and you should be, but as I got older and saw how easy it is for people to get info if they wanted it, I didn't see much point in hiding little things anymore.
oki_warwolf
Aug. 29th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I found out a few months ago that a simple online search of my real name brought up a white pages link with my full current address (which thankfully you can easily delete).

It's stupid easy for someone to find your information if they truly want to.
tealmoonxiv
Aug. 30th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
This is what kept me from wanting to mail things at first.
But then I was able to find my address online, so it doesn't bother me anymore.
matrices
Aug. 29th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
I almost always ship with https://www.paypal.com/shipnow
So I just use my home address & legal name and put a sticker or two on the package to make it fun. The return address is part of the label.

For sending conbadges I have address labels with just my last name and home address, I dont know where I got them. I honestly think they came from some place that wanted me to donate to their cause. Though I have printed some with my nickname before! Its kind of fun to do that. :3
I dont try to put an image on the label or anything fancy like that, since there's already enough stuff that the post office probably has to read through. I'd rather my mail get back to me in the right place than to worry about if someone knows my nickname or business name.

I order film from B&H photo a lot, and their return label is for the Brooklyn Naval Yards to deter mail theft. so it really doesn't matter who you say its from I guess!
breakspire
Aug. 29th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
I use:

my full name
business name (skullery)
address

and shipped 1000+ packages from my home address without issues. getting a PO box is something I do think about though.

As for adding silly things on packages like stickers or stamped images, I do it if I know the person I'm sending to will like it. A logo would be nice and professional though.
lazer_the_hyena
Aug. 29th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
I suggest avoiding anything decorative like stickers unless you know the person in question well enough to know they will like it.

I have had a lot of commissioners who are VERY paranoid about having anything furry shipped to them and they want discreet packaging with nothing that can be traced back to the fandom, so it would be best to inquire about your customer's comfort zone before putting a business name on the package I think, just to be courteous, as some people are afraid someone might Google the name and know what they are getting.

I stick with my given name for anything I ship that needs insurance or tracking, and then use my fur name for badges or things of that nature. (Just Lazer, address, city, state, zip), or whatever.
shukivengeance
Aug. 29th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
This. While yor customer's comfort zones may vary, those who prefer a bit of discretion would surely appreciate nothing too identifiable. There is a fair amount of stigma surrounding the fandom and it's understandable that folks may not want anyone irl to be aware of their interest. Even if the items youre shipping are perfectly innocent, they may prefer the privacy.
teekchan
Aug. 29th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
He mentions nothing about decorating. just a logo. I assume if it's not of something typically furry, it would be fine. Almost ever package I have bought from a business has their logo on it.

He actually says he wants to get rid of the Pokemon ones.
shukivengeance
Aug. 29th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I didnt mention anything about decorating either? And "it would be best to inquire about your customer's comfort zone before putting a business name on the package I think, just to be courteous, as some people are afraid someone might Google the name and know what they are getting." I was very much in agreement with this part, as it's a sad reality that some people live with very nosy parents or roommates.

Again, it's an issue of consideration, not "omg dont use logos evar". Some may appreciate the option to have their items sent in fairly anonymous packaging.
maractus
Aug. 30th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
I'm a girl, if you were referring to me x3 And yeah, I mainly meant using my logo on the labels instead of the Pokemon I have on my personal ones
celarania
Aug. 30th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
Maybe I'm just not furry enough, but I disagree with you. I think it really depends.

If your businessname is Yifffox69's fursuits with a humping anthro fox logo, then yes, we have a problem. If it's something more discrete, like say... Fyreflye (like Lauren Faust), breakspire (stealing your name for a minute), Blue Moon studios, etc. with a small stylized firefly, crow, or wolf, then I don't see it being an issue. A customer can always ask for more discrete packaging/inquire about it, but there's nothing unprofessional about including a neutral studio name and graphic. You're not forcing it down anyone's throat, but the artist may want to limit the use of their real name.

I just think that's an extreme measure to protect the 1% of people that might be concerned with that sort of thing. Definitely sounds like a case where people can opt out.
shukivengeance
Aug. 30th, 2012 05:36 am (UTC)
"Definitely sounds like a case where people can opt out."

I'm glad we agree, because that is exactly what I was saying.
celarania
Aug. 31st, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
Sorry, I read it as "Don't use usernames/studio names by default"
maractus
Aug. 30th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
This is a good point, I actually didn't think of that
My business isn't furry-centric at all (hats and charms, the types of stuff usually sold at anime conventions), but I can still see where privacy would be a concern. Perhaps I will go for a happy middle and use my logo, but personal name/address
skanrashke
Aug. 29th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
If your business is pokemanz, I don't see why you can't use pokemon on your tags? I think it'd be cute and/or awesome! Now if your business is, say, bridal gowns? Yeah, better leave the pokemon stamps at home ;)
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