Is it a good idea to pack computer components like RAM, processors, graphic cards, etc, in aluminium foil if I don't have anti-static bag? I ask this because I occasionally sells such things on Ebay. I have read somewhere that packing components using aluminium foil was a good idea to protect them against static electricity. Is this a good idea?
Back in the days when I was soldering transistors and what we used to call " integrated circuits" to circuit boards we had etched the tracks on using hydrochloric acid we
stored the the IC's by pushing the pins in to polystyrene foam covered in aluminium foil .
The pins didnt get bent and static didnt kill the chips .
I have often stored motherboards on or in aluminium foil . They all still worked .
One time a RAM stick died but since the mb was sitting exposed on a bed for a couple of days on a sheet of aluminium foil and the cat jumped on the bed to get out the window ...... well its hard to blame the foil
I agree with Zorg, just get some proper bags, your feedback will be lots better than with tin foil - even if it's (foil wrapping) fine customers might give you hassle over it if they get something doa.