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  • USPS: Battle of the bulge - Cracking Down on Flat Rate Envelopes

    It's that time of year again. Q4 is upon us and shipping is at an all time high. Many sellers use Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes to save on their shipping expenses.

    The United States Postal Service is cracking down on bulging Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes. Any F Re's that are bulging or have altered the envelope itself are being charged at the regular Priority Mail rate.

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    To avoid having your customer receive your item with Postage Due, make sure you are only placing a single piece of tape on the seams of the envelope. Anything extremely taped or bulging will be considered altered and will be charged at the regular Priority Mail rate.

    Happy shipping this holiday season!

  • How to print on half page shipping labels on eBay

    So you purchased your pack of 2 per page 8.5 x 5.5 shipping labels and are ready to start purchasing your shipping through eBay. First, congratulations on selling your items! Second, follow along below and we will show you how to purchase a shipping label through eBay.

    1. Go to eBay.com and sign in.

    2. Go to My eBay > Selling > Orders > Awaiting Shipment

    3. Click Print Shipping label to the left of the order you would like to ship.

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    4. Next, at the top right portion of the screen click Printer and label receipt preferences.

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    5. This is the important part, make sure Any laser of inkjet printer is selected. Also, uncheck the box if you do not want the receipt to print out and waste the label on the other side. Otherwise, if you do want a receipt make sure it is checked.

    eBay Shipping Preferences eBay Shipping Preferences

    6. Click save and you are all set! Choose your carrier and enter in your package weight and dimensions and click Purchase Postage and you will be able to purchase your shipping label and print it right at home with our 8.5x5.5 half page labels.

  • USPS Postage Rates - Effect January 17 2016

    View the new USPS Postage Rates effective January 17th 2016 -

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  • How to Pack, Label and Ship Items

     

    Watch the video above on how to best pack, ship and label your packages. Notice they use the H-Tape method to ensure every opening of the package is sealed.

     

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  • Bubble Mailers How to Pack and Ship Used Books

    It can take a lot of steps to actually sell used books, you have to find them, evaluate them, buy them, store them, organize them, list them and sell them. However, after all that there is one last step, and as far as your customer is concerned, it’s probably the most important of all: sending your books to their new owners. Shipping brings with it a new set of questions: what carrier to use, what speed, what cost, can you get tracking, insurance, etc., etc. etc. All of those are important, and I may go into them another time, but today I want to talk about how to pack your books, what it is that you actually ship them in. Just as with most other aspects of how you sell used books, you have a number of choices when it comes to packing your books. You can go quick and dirty (and cheap!) all the way up to having dedicated machinery for just that purpose. There are a few different factors to consider when selecting the method that’s right for you, including its cost, the image it projects and how well it will actually protect the books. Brown Paper Bags It was good enough to cover your 5th grade history textbook, so shouldn’t it be good enough to cover the books you send across the country? Well, maybe not. While brown paper bags do have the advantages of being cheap and/or free and readily available, you should think about the fact that it may not create the greatest image of you in the mind of your customer. Even if a paper-wrapped book gets to the customer in pristine condition (which it might not) the cheap wrapping could have a conscious or unconscious effect on how the customer views you, which in turn affects how they rate you. If you are running your own site, it also can affect whether they will give you repeat business or recommend you to others. Manila Envelopes They cost less than properly padded shipping envelopes, and they look better than cut up grocery bags, but they still have their drawbacks. For one thing, they aren’t going to do a super job of protecting the book. Also, just because they are higher on the totem pole than brown paper doesn’t mean they’re going to do a great job of meeting your customers’ expectations. Kraft® Bubble Mailers Kraft® mailers are made for the job, and if you’re only sending a book or two, they’re one of your best bets. They have a moderate cost, but they will protect the books, and will meet customer expectations. The one major drawback is that, as I’ve discussed before, because they are made of both paper and plastic they cannot be recycled. Paper recycles consider them contaminated with plastic and vice versa. That’s why there’s . . . Poly Bubble Mailers Poly bubble mailers are made of 100% recyclable plastics. You can get all the benefits of Kraft® mailers, often at a lower cost, and at the same time know you are helping the environment. Cardboard Boxes have a higher cost, but when you have many books (a set for instance), or books that are particularly large or heavy, sometimes a bubble mailer just won’t do. Again, using a cardboard box will protect your books, while at the same time meeting customer expectations, and appearing perfectly professional. There are other options out there too, but these are just some of the most common ways that people pack and ship the books they sell online. What about you? How do you ship your books?

  • Become An Online Selling Sensation

    There are some people who are literally able to make their entire living online. This may seem like an incredible claim to make, but it also happens to be 100% true. Those who are dedicated to selling items online can turn over quite a remarkable living for themselves so long as they are able to stick to the basics.

    Anyone hoping to join in on the money making fest online needs to get a few things before they get started. Primarily they are going to need mailing supplies in order to be able to ship out the items that they sell. This means that looking for wholesale shipping supplies might as well be the part time job of anyone interested in being an online seller. They will be doing this often, and they need to try to find a wholesale shipping supplies distributor as soon as possible.

    Things such as bubble wrap envelopes are best purchased in bulk. The cost of individual bubble wrap envelopes could easily eat into the profitability of the sales. When purchased in bulk, the cost of the envelopes drops dramatically and boosts the ever important profit margin. Anyone who thinks they can get by ignoring this step needs to think again. There are many traps for them to fall in throughout this business, but the bubble wrap ones is one of the most important.

    Making money online in this way is not for everyone, but it is a shame when those who would be so good at it do not try because they do not put forth the effort. It is worth at least looking into if not dropping everything to get involved with it.

  • Wholesale Shipping Supply Company

    Businesses that ship products or promotional items to customers know how important it is get good quality shipping materials at low prices. Using a wholesale shipping supply company for your shipping needs is a great way for businesses that do a lot of mailing to get the most for their money.

    Wholesale shipping supply companies provide many products and services tailored to the specific needs of a business. Whether a business needs small mailers or large shipping boxes, wholesale supplies are affordable when buying in bulk.

    When a company wants to provide not only a great products to its customers, but also reduce the carbon footprint they create, there are many shipping supply companies that provide eco-friendly options. Some of these options include biodegradable poly mailers that are guaranteed to biodegrade within sixty months. This not only offers a green option to your business, but it may also appeal to customers who want to do business with you, but also want to work with a company looking out for the environment.

    If you are looking for environmentally friendly biodegradable poly mailers or a whole host of other shipping supply products, consider buying through a wholesale supply to save your company time and money.

  • Bubble Mailers: To Reuse or Not To Reuse

     

    Many sellers use bubble mailers to ship small items such as sports cards, buttons and small bolts and screws. Most people use bubble mailers because it is safer to use than a regular envelope. During the recent economic downturn, sellers are now finding ways to spend less money. That’s where reusing bubble mailers come from, to save money and recycle. But some people disagree with reusing bubble mailers in some circumstances. From overcharging buyers on eBay for shipping since the packaging was reused.

    Many sellers agree that reusing bubble mailers is great because it helps save the earth and also saves cash. Some ways to reuse bubble mailers includes, cutting the bubble mailers in half and taping over it or you could strip the bubble from the inside of the mailer and use it as “bubble wrap”.

    To Reuse or Not To Reuse?

    However, many sellers believe that buying new bubble mailers is the way to go. Your packaging represents your image and your brand. Many customers are irritated when they pay a shipping and handling fee and see that their item was delivered in a used envelope. Many times there only recourse is to leave negative feedback.

    Reusing bubble mailers is up to the seller. However, there are many benefits to reusing bubble mailers. Recycling is good for the environment and reusing bubble mailers helps cut down on costs. Unfortunately, some buyers may be irritated and leave negative feedback when they receive their item in a used bubble mailer.

    So sellers what do you think? Do you reuse your packaging products?

  • Bubble Mailer iPad Case

     

    Are you tired of buying expensive laptop and iPad cases? Looking for a minimalist design and still want to protect your most valuable items? Low and behold you can use a bubble mailer as a netbook, laptop and/or even an iPad case.

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    There are a couple different designs you can use to do this. The first one I am going to start with is a simple poly bubble mailer #5. Then you can buy a clear 8.5 x 5.5 label sheet and print the Apple logo or any other design onto it. Peel the label from the page and sick onto the #5 poly bubble mailer and viola! A simple and elegant case for you Macbook, laptop or netbook.

    Kraft Bubble Mailer Case Kraft Bubble Mailer Case

     

    The second design here is a kraft bubble mailer case for the iPad. For this design you start with a #5 kraft bubble mailer. Slide your device into the mailer and cut open one side of the bubble mailer. Remove your device and then insert fabric on the inside. Next, add a piece of fabric to the outer portion of the case. Finally, add a button and some string for a closure. For more detailed information check out the kraft bubble mailer case here.

    Well there you have it folks. Two minimalist designs to pimp your laptop, netbook or tablet case.

     

  • Top eBay Shipping Tips

    eBay Shipping Tips

    Are you selling on eBay? Having trouble shipping your items at an affordable cost? Are you spending hours and hours reading through UPS, USPS, FedEx and DHL guidelines for dimensions, measurements and weight. Below we have listed some of our top eBay shipping tips.By following these tips and using our shipping supplies you will have your logistics down in no time.

    Top eBay Shipping Tip #1: Get a Scale

    Our first tip is to get an accurate scale to measure the weight of your packages. Without knowing an accurate weight you will not be able to print your shipping labels online. Also, if you use the incorrect weight your package may be delivered with postage due which will upset your customers. Along with an accurate weight you will also need accurate measurements. Make sure you always have a tape measure around.

    Top eBay Shipping Tip #2: Print Online

    Our second tip is to make sure you print your shipping labels online. USPS gives you a discount for printing your labels online and you can even schedule a pick up from the comfort of your own home.

    Top eBay Shipping Tip #3: Shipping Supplies

    When you start selling regularly it becomes beneficial to start buying your shipping supplies in bulk. Bubble mailers, poly bags, tape and labels are all supplies you should consider buying in bulk to keep costs down. If you are shipping USPS Priority Mail® you can order free Priority Mail shipping supplies, none of which are not applicable to dimensional weight pricing. The new Priority Mail shipping boxes have the dimensions already printed right on the outside of the box. UPS packaging is provided free of charge to UPS account holders for selected Air and Worldwide Express services. You can order supplies at this site

    Top eBay Shipping Tip #4: USPS Secrets

    The largest courier in the USA is the United States Postal Service. Knowing the in's and out's of the USPS mail system can help save bundles on shipping costs. One of the biggest underutilized shipping methods is USPS First Class mail. For your package to be eligible to go first class it must be under 13 oz and be up to 108 inches in combined length and girth. Also, when shipping small items your package must be over 3/4" thick. When shipping a small item in a bubble mailer, many times using a piece of cardboard or a packing peanut will help increase the thickness.

    Top eBay Shipping Tip #5: Packaging Tips

    To ensure your item arrives at the buyer safely, here are a few packaging tips:

      • Use a properly sized box
      • Fill packing material around the sides of the item
      • Smaller, durable items can be sent in padded envelopes
      • Tape box securely and use a box sturdy enough for your item
      • When you receive packages, try to re-use packing materials and boxes when possible, and look for packing materials which are environmentally friendly.

     

    I hope you have found these eBay shipping tips useful and will start incorporating them into your small business. By following these tips you will begin to ship efficiently and will help get your items to your customers quicker and cheaper.

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