Congratulations! You have successfully completed your most recent online sale, and are getting ready to send the buyer their newfound purchase. Since, as the seller, you’re responsible for delivering the goods in the as agreed upon condition, taking the proper precautionary measures beforehand can prevent an unneeded dispute.
The art of Shipping: Packing Must-Dos
Shipping items always carries some risk, but fortunately there are ways you can effectively reduce the chances of the party on the other end responding in a negative fashion. This is especially true if you have an account with EBay, Amazon, Etsy, or other company that necessitates having an upstanding reputation.
There is simply too much at stake not to take the time to pack your shipment correctly. Here are some tips for doing so the right away, as well as advice for what you should never do when sending items in the mail.
Packing Shipped Goods Properly
It is strongly recommended to keep small packages below the 10 pound mark, as this will keep the shipping costs down for either you or the buyer. Covering the expenses will increase your prospects of making a sale, but you definitely do not want to spend a lot on extraordinary shipping rates, particularly if the package is going to an overseas destination. Additionally, dimensional weight use can be easily calculated by taking Length x Width x Height and dividing that number by 166.
Next up is ensuring you have all the needed packing materials on hand. These include a sturdy box, packaging products, tape, labels, and a pair of scissors. The base of the box should always first be lined with a thick layer of packaging material. Crumpled up newspapers tend to do the trick just well if you are on a tight budget.
Center the item in the box, then proceed to surround it with additional packing layers. The rule of thumb for proper packaging density is to stop when the folding flaps incur slight resistance when pressed down. You don’t want to force the box closed, nor have the flaps sink inward.
Before securing the flaps with tape, remember to give the box a light shake. If you hear the contents moving about at all, you know you are lacking adequate packaging materials. Once done, seal every seam on the box to prevent it from potentially opening while en route to the destination.