Does everyone already do this? Most of the items I ship are via First Class mail, and most of those go in polymailers. But sometimes your package needs a little extra protection, and ya just gotta have a box.
I’ve had a few friends save boxes for me in the past, but that’s trickled off . . . and I’ve had to become more inventive in my box-finding. One place I can often find a box is in my kitchen.
I usually “flatten” my boxes when storing them, so the ends are already open. In addition to the ends, there is usually one seam along one side that keeps the box together. I open the box along that seam, flip the box inside out, and then tape it back together.
I took this picture a couple weeks ago — I believe that I was mailing out plastic cookie cutters. I don’t think that they would have gotten damaged if I had just wrapped them and put them in a polymailer, but it is nice to give them just a little added protection (and I believe the buyers appreciate the extra effort too).
No more tacky looking Ritz box,
now it just looks brown.
In this case, I went ahead and just slipped the box into a polymailer. More than once I have had buyers favorably mention how well-packaged an item was when leaving their feedback.
Do you ever request free samples online? Before I started eBaying I would get alerts from blogs I followed on FB, and would order samples all the time. Now I am rarely on FB, so my free samples are few and far between. But, when I do get them, I am just as excited about the free small box as I am the sample!
Looks good, eh?
It works well for the more sturdily made boxes as well.
In this box I was shipping an expensive-ish watch (one of the items I sold for my husband’s friend). Doesn’t the box below look much nicer and more professional than the box above?
Hope this helps!