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Fri Nov 10 2006 12:00:47

A Locking Mailbox for Online Shoppers and eBayers

By: Ina Steiner

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This is a great idea - a locking mailbox for eBay shoppers. I came across a press release for the Oasis Mailbox - it can safely receive parcels up to 5" x 5" x 12" and keep them intact, secure and dry - and is approved by the U.S. Postal Service. Vanessa Troyer, co-founder and vice president of Architectural Mailboxes, said in the press release, "This is an ideal mailbox not only for online shoppers or telecommuters but also for those who receive prescriptions via mail. And let's not forget the 200 million eBay members. eBayers typically send and receive parcels through the mail. We designed this product with those consumers in mind."

The company says the Oasis Mailbox is fully powder coated prior to assembly and has a top shroud that is all one piece, which makes it ideal for mounting it into a pilaster or column. It is made from heavy-gauge galvanized steel and stainless-steel hardware. It conveniently has a location for outgoing mail discreetly located inside the parcel delivery door. The Oasis Mailbox is available online at The smaller version, Oasis Jr., is available at select Home Depot stores. You can call Architectural Mailboxes at 800-464-7491 to find a nearby dealer.

I did a search on eBay for "Oasis Mailbox" and found 10 listings plus 17 in eBay Stores. I did a search for "eBay mailbox" and found 1 listing for a mailbox that is not an Oasis (nor is it a locking mailbox). Then I did a search for "locking mailbox" and found 150 listings.

A locking mailbox sounds like a great gift for an eBay shopper, I'm not sure how you'd make sure the size and aesthetics would appeal to the recipient - don't forget to consider the curb appeal factor.

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by: John

Wed Jul 18 19:41:34 2007

I found the answer to secure mail and identity theft with the Mail Boss locking security mailbox.  Unlike most locking mailboxes this one is constructed of zinc plated, powder coated, cold roled steel in 12 and 14 gauge.  In addition it is easier to mount than any other mailbox because the patent pending mounting plate is detachable and once mounted you simply slide the mailbox in place and secure it with stainless steel bolts in the locked compartment.
I also liked the idea that the door cannot be easily pryed open with a tool like almost all of the others.  It has a patent pending anti-pry locking system.  It's no good to buy something online if someone takes it from your mailbox.
I am an ebay shopper and usually buy books and some other things that are too big to fit in any mailbox.  All my books fit since the opening is 1.85'' x 10.25'' by the depth of the box which is 21''.
Since I had an Oasis and somebody pryed it open, I'll stick with my Mail Boss.

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