If you’ve ever sold products on Amazon, eBay, or Etsy you know how challenging it can be and how much hard work and dedication it takes. You have to not only worry about fulfilling your orders, but you need to make sure that your products arrive safely and on time. This is why packaging your products is so important. Sure, it’s not necessarily the most fun thing to think about nor is it actually thought about often. But it remains extremely crucial to the selling process nonetheless. Unfortunately, a lot of sellers have never learned the proper way to package items. That is why in this article, we will share with you some tips on how to make sure you are packaging your items properly to ship to your customers.
The very first thing that you’ll need to do before even starting the packaging process is to know your products. Meaning, you need to know the size and dimensions in order to properly choose the right cardboard box or other packaging supplies. Plus, eBay, Amazon, and Etsy actually require that your products dimensions and weight be listed along with your other product descriptions. In order to keep track of this information, we suggest using something like Excel, or you can use a third-party shipping software.
The next thing you want to look at is how many products do you estimate on shipping? Now we don’t necessarily mean shipping items together, rather we mean how many overall items do you plan to ship in a month, six months, a year, etc. it’s important to have an estimate of this because it will help you better prepare when it comes time to ship your items. Plus, if you’re prepared in advance and you plan on shipping a large number of items per month or year, you can save money by ordering your cardboard boxes and other shipping supplies in bulk.
Next, you can also look at different items that can be bundled to ship together. This is where choosing your actual shipping materials comes into play. If you are just shipping a single item, you won’t need to worry about combing any form of cardboard boxes. However, if you are shipping multiple items, and they all won’t fit in one box. You may need to look to shipping supplies such as strong tape or shrink wrap to hold your boxes together. By bundling your boxes you can often times save money, as opposed to paying for two separate shipments.
After your items are actually packaged now you need to look at where you’re package is shipping to. Thankfully Amazon, eBay, and Etsy make this process a lot simpler by providing real-time shipping quotes for almost ever region. Also, you need to look at if you are in contract with any of these platforms to see whether or not you are to provide free shipping. Be careful when choosing a free shipping method and make sure that your product’s price will cover the cost of your shipping.
Finally, it’s important to note that Amazon, eBay, and Etsy all have different shipping guidelines. So, make sure that you are familiar with the rules and regulations of whichever platforms you are choosing to sell on. Otherwise, you can find yourself in trouble and may no longer be welcome to sell on their forum. However, if you do your due diligence and follow these tips, you’ll be able to provide a successful shipping experience for your customers.