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Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« on: March 07, 2015, 09:16:36 AM »
I have been thinking a lot about starting up on Ebay. The one thing that deters me is thinking how I am going to package and estimate shipping for all this stuff? I use their online shipping calculator but it seems hard to figure out and the estimates seem astronomical, I wonder if I am doing something wrong.

How do you guys package clothes to sell? Or other bulky items? Do you purchase packaging specifically for shipping, or do you use old boxes you find around the house?

Have you figured out any tips or tricks how to make packaging and shipping easy?

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2015, 10:30:45 AM »
You may need to form a link with some of the more seasoned individuals on Ebay. They usually display contact information and it easy to get in touch with them. I have been purchasing there for a while and everything appears newly packaged even if it is used so yes, there is a special way to go about this. It will determine how you are viewed by consumers, your packaging will reflect you in the eyes of the buyer.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2015, 11:40:12 AM »
I used to sell a lot of clothes on eBay and would fold tem as flat as possible, wrap them in a sheet of cheap colored tissue paper and slide it into a plastic mailing envelope. I'd make sure I got all of the air out of the envelope before sealing too, this helps you get the package as flat as possible and would make sure the tissue paper package was secured tightly inside the envelope to stop it from moving around. Colored tissue and mailing envelopes can be bought on eBay themselves and they can be really cheap.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2015, 12:39:57 PM »
I'm not selling on etsy right now, but I am selling on vinted. I ordered a bunch of boxes in two different sizes from USPS, which are free! Which is perfect because I really hated spending my own money on shipping supplies. If I have something that's so small that a box is unnecessary, then I actually just use a decent plastic bag! My school's market place on campus has these nice bags that are heavy quality plastic, and I just make sure they're clean and I wrap the item in the bag. As long as it's all wrapped up and there's a shipping label on it, it's totally fine!
Also, I spent like $3 I think on eBay buying some cool colors of washi tape so that I can make my packaging a little more colorful! Totally worth it!


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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2015, 01:11:35 PM »
Whatever you do don't get any priority shipping boxes just get plain brown boxes.  I had use a priority box to ship something first class and was told by the postal clerk that I needed to use another box, or another option is to wrap it with the regular brown wrapping paper.

I also would save the cardboard that is usually inside packaged t-shirts to keep the envelop from bending in while being shipped.  They are pretty light and should add too much more to postage.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2015, 01:50:48 PM »
Thanks for these great ideas, especially how to ship clothes. I have plenty of half decent clothes I'd love to try to and sell so that helps me out tremendously.

I did try folding some things flat and placing them in an envelope and it works pretty well! I read somewhere else to first put your clothing in a ziplock type bag and then place it in the envelope, to protect it in case it gets wet.

So the priority boxes are free, and then you just have to wrap them with brown paper to ship them regular? Am I getting that right?

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2015, 09:28:40 AM »
If it's clothes then yes wrap it in a plastic bag first to protect it (the ziplock type of bag).  you can also use flat rate envelopes or boxes depending on what you're selling.  I have always used the USPS flat rate boxes and they are great to fit items in and shipping fees aren't that expensive for the customer.  plus you getfree tracking which is always a plus.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2015, 03:33:07 PM »
I would agree, definitely use flat rate whenever possible, since it can save you a lot of money. Also, I believe you can order the plastic shipping bags on Amazon, and can probably buy them elsewhere, as well. That's something I'm going to look into for some of my larger items. Shipping can be quite expensive, so it might be worth it to sell lots and offer combined shipping, because people don't want to spend any more than absolutely necessary. I have bought some clothes on eBay, and I honestly don't see how some people are making any money, between shipping, fees, and the cost of the items.

That's one reason I try to sell lightweight items, because otherwise, it's often not worth it, because people will sometimes just go buy an item offline, or buy from overseas, where they can get free or very cheap shipping, if they don't mind waiting a while for their item to be delivered.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2015, 05:55:21 PM »
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If it's clothes then yes wrap it in a plastic bag first to protect it (the ziplock type of bag).  you can also use flat rate envelopes or boxes depending on what you're selling.  I have always used the USPS flat rate boxes and they are great to fit items in and shipping fees aren't that expensive for the customer.  plus you getfree tracking which is always a plus.

The free tracking side of things on eBay is a huge help, since these days it's easy for customers to dispute a sale saying that they didn't receive something if you don't have a tracking ID. I won't ship without a tracking number these days, just for my own peace of mind.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2015, 10:35:39 PM »
When I sold small items, like clothing, body wash, jewelry, etc I would always wrap the items except clothing in a paper towel, and then in a ziploc-type bag. I would fold over the bag if needed, so it was snugly wrapped around the item and secure bag with tape. That way, the item won't move or juggle around in the package. Then I would package in a bubble envelope. You can purchase those pretty cheap at dollar/discount stores. If the bubble envelope was over sized for the item, I would seal the envelope, fold it over, and secure with mailing/packaging tape. The item inside wouldn't move or break, and the bubble envelope was very secure.

For clothing, I would fold, and put in a ziploc bag and seal. Then I would usually put in a bubble envelope. I would use a bubble envelope so you can mail it the cheapest way and not be stuck with just priority mail.

Also, after I put the mailing label on the envelope, I would cover the label with clear mailing tape (wide tape) just in case the envelope got wet, the address wouldn't get damaged. Then I would run a piece of the mailing tape around the entire envelope, the long way so it would go over the sealed end just to give it a little more security from it opening.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2015, 05:32:11 AM »
The tape over the maliling label is a great idea but you must be careful.  If the label has the scanning code on it, you shouldn't cover it with tape.  The tape makes it difficult to scan the package (if lets it at all) and one of the m ain things is that you want that package scanned because of the tracking.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2015, 04:37:17 AM »
I like using flat rate boxes. That way I know exactly how much it is going to cost to ship. I also like using media mail whenever possible. I didn't learn about this discount until a couple of years ago, but if it is a DVD, book, or music, it can be sent media mail, and there is a slight discount. Those are my little tricks. I would love to hear about more because I'm always about saving some money.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2015, 05:09:23 AM »
I was never any good at packaging, so it's just as well my husband is very good at that sort of thing and is also a bit of a perfectionist LOL What he's always said to me is that whatever you do, always ensure that whatever you're sending off is securely packaged to minimise all chances of damage. Although it's always nice to receive an aesthetically pleasing package, a lot of customers will forgive the less than perfect packaging as long as they receive their order in tact.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2015, 05:29:49 AM »
I've sold a few items online and I can understand your concerns. Fortunately, there is a stationery store near where I live that provides a large variety of packaging. They are very affordable and far cheaper than the packaging that the post office or courier services provide. I will often double and triple check the dimensions and weight of the products I'm shipping as it's all too easy to make mistakes here. Lastly, I will only ship a parcel with a tracking number so that I know if the recipient has received it.

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Re: Packaging and Shipping Tips for Selling on Ebay?
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2015, 06:54:30 AM »
I ordered plastic shipping envelopes on eBay at an affordable price, and shipped what I sold in it. The envelope doesn't add weight to my item so I can keep the shipping fee down for buyer.

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