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Packaging Tips

Here are some things to keep in mind when packaging your items for shipping:

Selecting the Right Box

Choose a box that is slightly larger than the item you are sending, so that you will be able cushion the item with packing material on all sides.
Properly label the package and include a return address. If you are reusing a box, cover any previous labels or cross out any previous address information with a prominent black marker.

Packing the Item

Pack the item with bubble wrap, peanuts, foam, or paper.
Close and shake the box to check whether you have enough cushioning. Add more packing materials if the items shift. Include a shipping label inside the box.

Sealing the Box

  • Use clear or brown packaging tape, reinforced packing tape or paper tape that is at least two inches wide. Do not use masking tape, cellophane tape, cord, string, or twine.

  • Tape the opening of the box and reinforce all seams.

Irregularly Shaped Items

Bare Metals: Completely tape the address label to the item being shipped. Do not use "flying tags." Cover sharp or protruding edges with taped-on corrugated cardboard pieces.

Fabric and Wallpaper: Rolled goods travel best when shipped in corrugated boxes. If a fabric roll is shipped in a bag, make sure the bag is tightly wrapped and taped to reduce the risk of tearing. Place duplicate labels inside core or between top layers of material.

Tires: Apply a wide band of pressure-sensitive tape through the center and completely around the body of the tire so that the tape is attached to itself. Attach address label to the tape band where it covers the tread, and cover with clear tape.

Note: Be sure and check with your carrier about any specific packing requirements. Some carriers assess additional handling charges for:

  • Any article that is not fully encased in an outside shipping container.

  • Any article that is encased in an outside shipping container made of metal or wood.

  • Cans or pails that are not fully encased in a shipping container of corrugated cardboard.

  • Irregularly shaped or oversized items.

Note: These tips are general guidelines. eBay cannot be held responsible if your item is damaged in transit.

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