How to ship your items on Ebay

Shipping your items sold on Ebay

Shipping is a balancing act because on one hand you don’t want to spend too much time and money on it, because it eats into your profits, but if you look for the cheapest solutions you will likely end up paying more with some great hassles in the end.

You have to remember that USPS, Fedex, UPS or anyone else for that matter isn’t exactly going to handle your package like a loaf of bread. It is going to be tossed around, stacked upon, hot/cold, and under various other tests. Your job as the shipper is to do everything in your power to make sure that your item arrives in the same condition that you sent it. Of course, when the disgrunted UPS worker uses your package as kindling for burning down the building you are just out of luck, but you really can do a lot to protect it.

I remember an experiment from my 4th grade science class: the challenge was to drop an egg out the second story window and keep it from breaking. We could package it however we liked. This was a great lesson and honestly has helped me with packaging my items.

Packing Material

Bunched up newspaper, styrofoam peanuts, and bubble wrap all work well. If you get the daily paper, definitely keep them and use it for packing your item. You can also join your local Freecycle.org list and let them know you are interested in newspaper or packing peanuts. You would be surprised what people have to giveaway. The free page of Craigslist is another good place to look.

Shipping Boxes

There are a lot of places you can find these. From work, from things you buy, and about 100 other places. But, if you are going to be selling a lot of items, you will probably have to bite the bullet and just buy some boxes. There are a bunch of places you can purchase boxes, but my favorite has been uline.com. There prices are pretty good, they have just about any size imaginable, and they ship it very quick.

If buying the boxes in bulk, go for a size that is a couple inches wider, taller and longer than your product. You don’t want it too much bigger, because then you will have to use too much packing material, but you also don’t want it to be a perfect fit since it will have little protection.

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