Packing items safely is an important part of selling on eBay. Your customers won’t be very happy if they receive a broken item. While that is not always the seller’s fault, there are steps you can take to protect your fragile items as much as possible.
To safely pack a fragile item, you will need plenty of padding and a sturdy box. Packing peanuts and crumpled paper make good padding because there is no chance that they will pop and lose their effectiveness (like air pockets can do).
Start packing your item by wrapping it in tissue paper. Cover especially delicate spots with cotton balls. Make sure not to tape anything directly to the item. Attach the tape only to the tissue paper or wrap the entire object in plastic wrap after you’ve padded it. Next, add a layer of small bubble wrap. Place the item on the sheet of bubble wrap diagonally so you can cover all the sides more easily. Then add a layer of large bubble wrap. Tape the bubble wrap to itself to keep it in place.
Choose a box that will let you fit in plenty of packing peanuts on each side of your item (about 2 inches on each side is good). Make sure the bottom of the box is taped securely so it won’t be able to come open. Place a layer of packing peanuts in the bottom of the box and then place the item in the box. Add packing peanuts until the box is completely full. Gently press the packing peanuts down to make sure there are no air pockets that will settle during shipping. For especially fragile items you can even double box your item – place the box you’ve just packed inside another larger box with packing peanuts.
Once you have filled the box with peanuts, place your packing slip and a piece of paper with the customer’s address inside. It’s always a good idea to have the customer’s address inside the box just in case the outer label comes off. Once you’ve placed everything inside the box, tape the box up well so it’s completely secure. Add your label to the outside and clearly mark the box as fragile on all sides. While this doesn’t guarantee that your item will be treated carefully in all cases, it certainly doesn’t hurt to try.
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