To safely pack valuable items for shipment, buyers can purchase a range of packing and posting supplies that minimise the risk of damage during transit. Although buyers may be anxious about their cargo, understanding the tools available can help buyers pack items with certainty, regardless of the destination of their shipping items. Buyers should thoroughly assess any vulnerability of shipping contents before choosing packing materials and posting boxes, and base their purchases on the particulars of a shipping item's shape, material, and weight. This helps buyers match the protection provided by packing supplies to the specific challenges of each item shipment.
Packing and posting boxes are available from local shipping outlets and office supply shops as well as online at eBay. Although some buyers may be tempted to repurpose ordinary boxes and packing materials for shipping general items, precious goods demand the support provided by well-constructed, official shipping supplies. Before shopping for supplies, buyers should understand the best ways to pack goods and know which types of shipping and packing supplies are available to guarantee success when it is time to send their packages.
Packing Techniques for Precious Goods
When packing precious goods, senders should use adequate protection within a posting box to cushion items. This helps to minimise internal movement, which could damage items.
Single Item Shipments
When packing boxes that contain one item, senders should provide the item with at least two levels of protection. The first level of protection includes wrapping an item on all sides with padded material that does not cause scratching on an item's surface. Since some items are oddly-shaped, senders often need to wrap a certain side of an item many times. This is preferable to allowing some of the item's surface to remain unwrapped. In some cases, the padded material stays on an item without any help, but senders may need to use tape to keep wrapping around an item.
The second level of protection comes from the cushioning material that is used to fill the space between the item being shipped and the posting box containing it. To provide adequate protection for an item, at least 5 cm of space should remain within a box on all sides when a wrapped item is placed inside the box. This space is filled with cushioning material, which limits the movement of the item during transit.
Multiple Item Shipments
Shipments that include multiple items should contain goods that are wrapped individually. Multiple item shipments should also have at least 5 cm of cushioning between each item and the top, bottom, and sides of a box.
Once senders have items wrapped, they can begin packing items and cushioning material into a posting box. The first step is adding a layer of cushioning materials to the bottom of the box, allowing enough excess so senders can nestle items into the cushioning material. Senders can then add more cushioning material to the sides and top of the wrapped item. If multiple items are included in the box, senders should alternate between adding items and cushioning material to the box. This provides enough cushioning to protect multiple items.
Once a posting box is filled with cushion material, senders can securely close their boxes. The most popular method of closing a box is using packing tape. To make sure that the tape is adequate for shipping, buyers should purchase packing tape that is at least 5 cm wide. The tape should be added to any seams around a box with excess length to anchor the tape ends safely along the sides of a box.
Posting boxes provide the outermost layer of protection when shipping precious goods. Buyers can purchase single-wall boxes for items that are not heavy. Double-wall boxes are needed for items that are heavy or extremely fragile, like stained glass lampshades. Eco-conscious buyers may prefer purchasing biodegradable boxes, which lessen the environmental impact of a box when it is disposed after shipping.
Since precious goods are vulnerable, buyers should use new boxes when shipping. This is because the structural integrity of boxes is compromised by repeat handling, even if no outward signs of damage are apparent on a box. To increase protection, buyers can consider purchasing a large and small box to mail highly fragile items. When using two different sized boxes, the small box is packed with the precious goods and cushioning materials following recommended packing instructions. After the smaller box is sealed, it is placed inside the larger box with extra cushioning materials surrounding it on all sides.
Wrapping supplies are used to completely encase an item before it is placed in a posting box. Prior to choosing a type of wrapping, buyers should evaluate the properties of each kind of wrapping so they can pick their wrapping based on the demands of the shipping items.
Bubble wrap is a plastic sheet of wrapping that includes rounded, raised protrusions of plastic film filled with air. To accommodate different sized items, bubble wrap can contain large or small bubbles. Bubble wrap with large bubbles is appropriate for wrapping large items, while small-scaled bubble wrap is best for smaller items. When purchasing bubble wrap, buyers have the option to purchase the wrap in sheets or rolls. Bubble wrap sheets are easy to use to wrap smaller, square-shaped items but can be awkward to use when wrapping large or irregular-shaped items.
Tissue paper has limited applications when shipping precious goods, although it can be used to great effect when mailing less fragile items. This stems from the fact that tissue paper is not padded like bubble wrap and contains paper that can scratch delicate items. Additionally, tissue paper is typically sold in sheet sizes that cannot accommodate wrapping large items. Tissue paper is sold in a variety of colours, but buyers purchasing materials for precious goods should choose white tissue paper if they opt to apply tissue paper as a wrapping. Coloured tissue paper may bleed colour when wet and transfer its dyes to the surface of vulnerable items.
Wrapping paper is often used to wrap the outside of a posting box as opposed to wrapping delicate items. Like tissue paper, wrapping paper can easily scratch items and contains no padding to protect items in case a posting box is handled roughly. Sold in sheets and rolls, wrapping paper is most often produced in a light brown shade and is referred to as "kraft" paper.
When shipping durable items, senders often use non-padded cushioning, like wrapping paper or newspaper, to protect items. When shipping precious goods, however, buyers need to invest in proper cushioning materials to ensure their items arrive safely at their destinations. Buyers shipping boxes that are closely fitted to the size of items can often use bubble wrap as cushioning within the box. When there are big gaps between a wrapped item and the sides of its box, buyers must use bulkier cushioning items.
To conform to the frequently uneven shape of wrapped shipping items, packing peanuts are made of loose, rounded chips of polystyrene or biodegradable materials. As a cost-cutting measure, buyers can reuse packing peanuts a number of times until the peanuts start to flatten or become brittle. Packing peanuts can be inconvenient when packing or unpacking items, however, because they easily fall around a box, creating a mess.
Air pillows provide the same buoyant protection as packing peanuts, but eliminate the mess. To do this, air pillows are formed from large sections of plastic or a paper and plastic combination that include a raised air layer. Senders can use these pillows to fill empty spaces within a posting box, adding protection to the contents of the box. One drawback of air pillows is their size, which often cannot fit into small spaces within a box, however. In the case of restricted spaces, buyers may need to use a combination of air pillows and packing peanuts to create adequate protection with the lowest level of inconvenience.
Buying Packaging and Posting Boxes for Precious Goods on eBay
eBay provides buyers with a wealth of packaging materials and posting boxes to meet any shipping challenges. Locating shipping-related items on eBay is easy: simply type keywords, like "polystyrene posting box", into eBay's search field and browse the results that eBay produces. To make the most satisfactory purchases, buyers should read the product details for any shipping items before committing to a sale. In some cases, eBay sellers offer individual shipping items per sale or a combination of items. These combinations can be multiples of the same item sold in bulk or a grouping of related items with variations, like a package of different sized posting boxes.
Before purchasing packaging and posting boxes on eBay, buyers should estimate the dimensions of the materials they need to ship their precious goods. Taking actual measurements of an item is helpful, but buyers should remember to factor in an allowance for the increased size of an item once it is wrapped. Preparing for purchases by taking measurements helps eBay buyers purchase the correct quantity of items on eBay.
Shipping precious goods increases the need for buyers to purchase durable packaging and posting boxes. For general shipping, senders frequently utilise household items, like newspaper, for packing or reuse old boxes. This approach can fail, unfortunately, causing damage to fragile items and offsetting any savings that a sender hoped to achieve by using commonly found shipping items. Buyers can safeguard against damage by understanding the benefits of correctly packed shipping boxes as well as the type of shipping supplies available.
To create a correctly-packed box, senders must allow space to exist between the top, bottom, and sides of a box and a wrapped shipping item. Cushioning material is placed within the excess space of the box before it is sealed. Each type of posting box and packaging material has both pros and cons associated with it, which buyers should evaluate before shopping. Once buyers have a clear understanding of the shipping supplies they prefer, they can visit eBay to access a wide assortment of posting boxes and packaging materials.