You’ve made your sale, now it’s time to get it packed and shipped. It used to be a lot of work, but shipping has gotten so much easier. I used to have to spend hours at the post office in the early days of eBay. Now I can print my own labels at home, place my products in a free box and schedule a pickup. Easy-Peasy!
SnapPost recommends Priority Mail for most shipments – because we’re all about making selling your stuff easy.
FAST & RELIABLE
Priority Mail is a fantastic deal on very fast delivery. You can ship coast to coast in 2 to 3 days. And with eBay Priority Mail shipping you can even get a discount on shipping when you print your own postage. (Top Rated Sellers and Power Sellers enjoy even larger shipping discounts!)
You can pick up a few sizes at the post office, but if you go on USPS.com you can order from a much larger selection and have them delivered directly to your door. FOR FREE.
FLAT RATE PADDED ENVELOPE
Specifically I love the Priority Mail Flat Rate Padded Envelope and the Medium Flat Rate Box. I also love sending my customers little gifts and words of thanks with my packages.
Many people know about the thin cardboard Priority Mail Flat Rate Mailing Envelope, but many people don’t know about the special padded version. The Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope can hold up to 70 pounds. It’s 12-1/2” x 9-1/2” but can be gently stretched. It is possible to enclose some nice odd shaped items and even small boxes inside the bubble wrap padded envelope. It’s not as easy to successfully put a box inside the cardboard type envelopes, as the corners of a box can break through it. (see photo)
I’ve heard that there may be restrictions placed on how much you can stretch a flat rate package or envelope. The rules on USPS.com currently state that when sealing a Flat Rate Envelope or Flat Rate Box, the “container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds”. These special padded envelopes are not available at local post offices. The special Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelopes are available free on USPS.com.
MEDIUM FLAT RATE BOXES
The Priority Medium Flat Rate Box comes in two different sizes, your choice of 11 1/4″ x 8 3/4″ x 6″ or the flatter rectangle, 14″ x 12″ x 3 1/2″. This flat rate box can ship for the same price, from anywhere in the US to anywhere in the US, including Alaska and Hawaii as long as the contents don’t exceed 70 lbs. It’s great for shipping clothing and heavy items as a flat rate.
Many people don’t know that you can schedule a free package pickup and the USPS will come get your shipment during your regular delivery! Or, if you printed your postage at home, you can go to the post office and literally cut a head in line and leave your ready-to-go package with the clerk at the Post Office. I still get funny from the folks in line when I go straight up to the counter with my boxes – but it’s so nice to just dash in and out!
Have you tried the Padded Flat Rate Envelope yet? At SnapPost we spend all our time making selling your stuff online easy. So we’d love to hear your stories about packing and shipping.