How to Pack and Ship Internet Sales

Four Methods:Packaging Fragile Items for an Online BusinessProcess and Print Shipping Labels Using PayPal

Owning your own online business has many advantages. Not only can you make your products available to just about anyone in the world, but you can also post an entire warehouse of goods online, without needing extra rental space to store items. To ensure transactions run smoothly, learn how to package and ship merchandise, so you can be rest assured that your customers receive their items in one piece.

Method 1
Packaging Fragile Items for an Online Business

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    Pack fragile items, such as glassware, mirrors and any delicate items with bubble wrap. Take the bubble wrap. Wrap it 2 or 3 times around the items you are shipping.
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    Use heavy-duty packing tape to secure the bubble wrap to the gift. The tape on the bubble wrap secures the item and prevents it from moving around and breaking when it is in transit to its destination.
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    Open the cardboard box or box you will use to send the fragile item(s). Place packing peanuts at the bottom of the shipping box. Make sure you have at least 2 inches (5 cm) worth of packing peanuts to support the bottom of the item.
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    Place the item inside the box. Now take more packing peanuts and fill the remaining space inside the box with packing peanuts.
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    Secure the lid shut with heavy-duty packing tape. Press the right and left side flaps down. Place 3 strips horizontally across the lid, where the right and left sides meet.
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    Take the packing tape and place 3 more strips vertically, over the lid, where the right and left sides meet.

Method 2

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    Pack small items using bubble mailers. Wrap small items, such as jewelry, CDs and makeup with tissue paper or bubble wrap sleeves.
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    Tape the ends with scotch tape. The tape helps to secure the item placed inside the bubble wrap.
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    Place the item inside a bubble mailer. Provide a secure fit by using a bubble mailer that is close in size to the item you are mailing.

Method 3

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    Fold shirts neatly. Place tissue paper around the shirt. Secure the left and right folds in the center with tape. Bring the top and bottom folds in the middle. Secure this with tape.
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    Use medium-sized zip lock bags to keep shirts secure while in transit. The zip lock bags also prevent water or other substances from coming into contact with the merchandise inside the bag.
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    Place the wrapped shirt inside a polyurethane bag. Remove the film that covers the adhesive at the top of the bag. Fold the top of the bag over and secure it shut by pressing down the adhesive on the polyurethane bag.

Method 4
Process and Print Shipping Labels Using PayPal

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    Log into your PayPal account. Go to the area in your account that lists the items sold. Click on this link.
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    Locate the area where it states "transactions." Find the transaction you need to ship. Click on the "Print Shipping Label" option. It will ask you if you want to print a sample shipping label. Click "No."
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    Press the "Print Shipping Label" option. A new screen will open up. Click "Print."
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    Wait for the shipping label to print. Once it prints, take your scissors and cut around the dotted lines on the shipping label.
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    Place the shipping label on the package of the item you are shipping. Secure with tape. Place a strip of tape over the name and the address of the person you are shipping the item to.
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    Go by the post office and drop the item inside the drop off bin at the post office. You can also call the post office and have a postman pick up the item.

Tips

  • Reuse boxes inside your house that you do not use. By reusing boxes, you are practicing sound recycling methods.
  • If you don't have a printer, you can go inside the post office and ship merchandise on your own using their tools or you can pay at the counter.

Warnings

  • To ensure your customers receive items, call the post office for a pick-up or drop off items at the post office. Never leave boxes with merchandise outside your door, unattended.

Things You'll Need

  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Packing peanuts
  • Bubble mailers
  • Tissue paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Zip lock bags
  • Polyurethane bags
  • Printing paper

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Categories: Online and Home Businesses | Sales