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Correct Packing Means No Damage Returns

package the products you sell onlineVery few things hurt your income more than replacing items that got damaged during shipping. Here are a few tips to help you not only ensure your products will arrive at their destination, but give the type of professional image that wins you return customers.

Get the Right Packaging Materials

Boxes

Use double-walled boxes in all your packing. Look at the edge of one of your box flaps. If you can see two sheets of cardboard with a wavy cardboard cushion between them, you have a double-walled box. If not, get rid of it and get another.

If you’re reusing boxes, make sure their integrity isn’t compromised. A box that has one of the corners slightly crumpled might be ok. But if one of the edges between the corners is dented, the box could collapse even further at that point. Replace the box.

Tape

It might seem like one kind of tape is just as good as another. And we all know the jokes about duct tape being the handyman’s perfect tool. Still, one type of tape is not like another. Each has their own purpose and each has situations in which they can fail.

When packaging your products, use true packaging tape. You can use the brown kind or the clear kind, but make sure it’s true packaging tape. The adhesive is specially designed to adhere to box material without tearing loose. Both duct tape and masking tape can fail while your package is being delivered and both present a sub-professional image.

Packing Tips

Do You Need to Double-Box

If you deal in extremely fragile items, you might want to consider double-boxing. Double-boxing is exactly what it sounds like. You put your item in a box and put that box inside another box.

Pack your fragile item in a box that it properly fits making sure to wrap the item in bubble wrap. Seal the box and wrap the entire box in a layer or two of bubble wrap. Then lower the entire package into another box.

This technique is especially good if you’re shipping things that are not only fragile, but also rare, such as antiques.

Electronics

If you ship electronic equipment and you include batteries, ship the item without the batteries actually installed. Remove the batteries and pack them separately before putting them in the box with your product. Make sure the batteries are obvious though, so your buyer doesn’t accidentally throw away the batteries with their box.

If you take the time to package your items properly, your products will arrive safe and sound, and you packaging efforts will make it obvious that you’re a professional.

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