would not be acceptable. Did they insist that you use a carrier that provides tracking info?? USPS does not do that.
You can get bubble wrap at either place.
Not sure where you can get an anti-static bag. I have many because I save them when I buy components.
I was wondering just how picky manufacturers, namely Maxtor, are about packaging a returned hard drive. On their web page, they state that if the defective drive is not packaged correctly, i.e. 2 inches of styrofoam, no styrofoam peanuts, enclosed in anti-stat baggie, that they will send it back! Is this pretty accurate? I'd like to think that the USPS would sell sufficient packaging, and maybe Staples as well.