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How do I ship certain items?

Posted by Count, 26 June 2012 · 388 views

Ok, I've been selling on Ebay lately, and shipping seems to complicate it a bit.

I've shipped these items:
- A Yugioh card (successful)
- A strategy guide that weighs 2 pounds and 12 oz. (Somewhat of a fail, I paid for Medium Flat Rate Shipping..)

I want to ship:
- Video Games
- A 4lb 12oz. Book (School book)
- Manga

Any suggestions how to ship these properly and cheaper?
I don't want to pay for $12 shipping (for the book)

Should I use a Box or Gigantic Bubble Mailer Envelope for the Book?
If I use a box, where can I get one for cheap? without getting the Flat Rate boxes.

As for video games. I think I'll send them in a bubble mailer (Media Mail or First Class?)

Suggestions / Tips / etc.
Would be great! thanks




Ok, I've been selling on Ebay lately, and shipping seems to complicate it a bit.

I've shipped these items:
- A Yugioh card (successful)
- A strategy guide that weighs 2 pounds and 12 oz. (Somewhat of a fail, I paid for Medium Flat Rate Shipping..)

I want to ship:
- Video Games
- A 4lb 12oz. Book (School book)
- Manga

Any suggestions how to ship these properly and cheaper?
I don't want to pay for $12 shipping (for the book)

Should I use a Box or Gigantic Bubble Mailer Envelope for the Book?
If I use a box, where can I get one for cheap? without getting the Flat Rate boxes.

As for video games. I think I'll send them in a bubble mailer (Media Mail or First Class?)

Suggestions / Tips / etc.
Would be great! thanks
First, video games don't count as media mail.

Personally, I do bubble mailers at first class rate for video games.

If I were selling a school book, I'd probably use a priority mail flat rate bubble mailer (I don't think most POs have these on location, but you can order them online for free) assuming it'd fit, if not a box with media mail.

Manga, I don't know how large these are, but if they were small enough I'd use a bubble mailer with some pieces of cardboard on either side to help prevent bent pages in a bubble mailer at first class rate if it isn't too heavy.

Tips, buy the postage at home on paypal if you can, save a few cents and get free delivery confirmation.
If you're going to be selling a lot of games, buy the bubble mailers online in bulk.
Delivery confirmation ( Tracking number ) is numero uno! Any bonehead can say they never recieved their item.... then guess what, ebay will side with them EVERY time. guarenteed. - The best way to send anything anything anything at all is by box. simply go to your local supermarket and just ask the grocery manager, they'll be more than happy to help you out 99% of the time. Ship everthing you can by First Class which is the cheapest but also has a weight limit which is anything under 3 pounds if im not mistaken. An added bonus by paying postage through paypal is the tracking number/delivery confirmation number is free and included.. just make sure you weigh your item ' after ' you package. If you can master shaving off excess weight off the boxes, even better.. / package secure with crumpled newspaper as the weight is light or styrofoam balls if you can find them. just make sure the item/s are secure. package as though you were recieving the item purchased.
Anything over the First Class weight limitation can be sent by Media Mail such as your school book, but before you fuss with media mail, see the difference between priority mail costs Vs the total weight of the media mail option.. if the cost isn't much more than Priority Mail, always go with Priority Mail, the reason is because not only does MediaMail sit around for sometimes weeks in the Post Office before being dealt with, but also because Postal workers are allowed to open all Media Mail packages.... this is bone chilling to me.
Manga I would wrap in bubble wrap, maybe with small pieces of cardboard depending on mood, and then put in a bubble mailer. For large amounts of manga (which I have done), I went with a well padded flat rate box.

Books, I'd wrap in some sort of bag and then go with those folding cardboard containers that Amazon uses, or just a box. Media mail will ALWAYS be cheaper than priority, especially for something that heavy. I just checked, and 5lbs is $4.15 anywhere in the country, vs $10-15 for flat rate, depending on size. Just be sure you get DC.

Also, as mentioned above, video games don't count as media. Additionally, for items under 13 oz, media mail is only barely less expensive and significantly slower.

Regarding packing materials, it's incredibly handy to save mailers and boxes from your own online orders. I bought mailers when I first started trading on CAG, but I've never bought anything since then (aside from tape), and I have a large stock of mailers, boxes, peanuts, etc.
They pretty much nailed it, always send a video game in a bubble mailer (envelope) USPS First Class with delivery confirmation. The majority of the time it will be less that $3 total for that.

If you're sending something disc-only, make sure you put it in a generic case or take two pieces of cardboard and sandwich the disc in between.

As for books, if it doesn't have to get to its destination all too soon, media mail is usually cheaper. Boxes or even bubble mailers will work just fine, and media mail has never taken more than a week for me to send or receive. I've heard of people waiting two weeks though.

If you're sending something with an odd shape, such as a controller or some other device, you can try parcel post. Parcel post is usually cheaper than priority, but is basically sending it 'regular mail'. Again, I've sent and received parcel post and I've never waited more than a week for it to be delivered. Other people have had longer wait times, I'm sure. Just package it safely in a box/envelope and ask the postal worker how much the rates are for parcel post vs. priority shipping.

Sometimes by paying just a tiny bit more, you can get that package sent priority instead of parcel post. Sometimes it is a significant amount more. Don't be afraid to ask the postal worker when you get to the counter for the shipping rates. You can make a choice then, or if both are too expensive, there is always shipping flat rate priority. Most post offices have flat rate priority boxes and envelopes. If you package an item in one of those, however, sending it priority is your only option. I believe the motto for those is that if it 'fits, it ships' for one flat rate fee every time.

Most of the time, shipping is subjective and people use a variety of methods..I think the only real staple people follow is sending video games first class with delivery confirmation. And like others have said, GET delivery confirmation.

Packing materials are great to recycle as others have said. Boxes and bubble mailers can always be re-taped and the labels scratched out or covered up. The package doesn't have to look perfect - the important thing is that it is secure and the label is clear. Using scrap paper or pieces of cardboard are good to make a tighter fit. If you're feeling creative, you could try things like blowing up a plastic grocery bag and tying it air-tight to make an air bubble, or something like that.

Just make sure to find a box/envelope that is a good fit for the item. You pay more for larger dimensions, so smaller is usually better.
anything in a box sucks....muy expensivo.

probably should find out typical sizes of your items, then put calculated shipping. Cant ship anything for under $3.00 basically, and that is why you should never sell on Amazon
For videogames (ship first class):

Paypal shipping + bubble mailers

You can print out postage and best of all it includes free delivery confirmation (so you can track the package and have proof of delivery).

Cost is around $2-3 to ship a game.

If you are shipping a lot of items I would probably invest in a $15-20 scale to weigh packages to the ounce. Depending on how much you have to sell, the scale will pay for itself in time.


For manga and books I would use media mail (via paypal shipping).
As someone who just put up their first auction, this blog's comments were an unexpected treat. Thanks!!
How thanks guys or gals! that really helped a lot :).

@Antlp - yes I have an electronic scale, thanks to an Ebay deal which included adhesive labels, bubble mailers, camera tripod, and etc. for $15. Great deal!

@merchie - I'm selling on Ebay mostly. I haven't tried selling on Amazon yet.
You might want to consider insurance if your items are valuable/expensive. Insurance is meant to protect the shipper not the buyer. The shipper is responsible for adequately packaging the item in a manner that will prevent damage. If the buyer receives the item damaged PayPal/Ebay will most likely side with the buyer since the item was not in a condition as described.