Since I am likely heading out of Japan in the next several months (unless I find an awesome job involving rocket ships, nail polish or shiny things) I’ve started packing up things I don’t need, and have found out a few facts that have bummed me out:
1) Shipping companies treat nail polish like it’s nuclear waste;
2) I think people who handle sea mail figure out they can pretty much steal with total impunity;
3) The minimum that can be sent by sea is 1 cubic meter and it has to be picked up at the international port in person and hauled away; and
4) I own waaaay too much nail polish.
Yikes. The nail polish had to come from somewhere and imported into the US, right? I’m sure some of it is made domestically but there’s a lot which is not. So there must be a band of well-organized polish smugglers sneaking it in, because all the shipping companies I contacted want nothing to do with it. It can’t be sent by air (flammable, OK, I can see this), and it can’t be sent by sea with shipping companies since it’s hazardous cargo. If there’s any “hazardous cargo” in there, the entire shipment is treated as hazardous. It’s prohibitively expensive, even if I can find a company that will ship it. Boo!
I have sent things by sea-mail using the Postal Service before, but I’m sad to say a substantial portion of my shipment was either damaged or stolen, including a men’s wool pea coat. Who would steal that? It’s not even valuable, plus it’s hard to hide and pretty bulky. Unfortunately, items coming up missing seems to be a pretty common experience. In my darker moments, I’ve wondered if the postal/inspection employees are even paid regular salaries, or if they’re just allowed to steal all they want as compensation. I know there’s some good folks out there helping to move mail around the world, but there’s also some crummy bad apples too, and they ruin it for everyone else.
If all else fails, I could make the mother of all frankens with all my polish- a giant bucket full of hundreds of bottles of polish. I’m guessing it’d be a murky brown.
I’m packing up some of my pigments and I’ll have a few to show you before they get all boxed up. The Tokyo Nail Expo is on Nov. 20 and 21, and I’ll be attending that for sure and probably picking up more nail goodies. I know I shouldn’t, but when the glitter beckons, it’s hard to say no!