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« on: October 21, 2005 09:08:52 AM »

I'm in the process of starting a small online business. It's all just planning and figures right now, and I'm trying to decide on packaging. What's the best and cheapest way to pack, say, a duct tape purse? I don't want to fold or crush it, but I also don't want to spend loads of money just on shipping. Any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2005 12:45:06 PM »

I decided to go with USPS's Priority Mail. It's priced fairly, plus they will ship you free supplies, and it is very easy to mail things out. There is a post office on my way to school, or I can just e-mail them and have my postman pick it up when he delivers my mail (super lazy!). I figured with the price of shipping supplies, USPS would be cheaper overall than Fedex or UPS.

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2005 08:49:09 AM »

You can buy boxes for pennies at a place like Uline.com, then go USPS priority mail. Charge your customers $5 for shipping and it should cover the small orders.

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2005 08:57:51 AM »

I got my Uline catalog this weekend.  They have tons of options.

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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007 04:42:10 PM »

My etsy business (mostly pottery, but some wee needle-felted & stitched stuff) is busy enough that I need to purchase shipping supplies (padded envelopes, gift boxes, bubble wrap) in bulk now. 

Does anyone have a favorite supplier?
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2007 07:43:41 PM »

While I haven't used them yet myself, U-line has gotten rave reviews around the Etsy forums.  I think they're at ULINE.com.  I have their catalog and the prices are quite reasonable compared to Staples.

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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2007 08:42:13 PM »

I ended up buying supplies from Associated Bags because they have a physical location near my home.  When I ordered, I paid over the phone, then asked to pick them up "will call."  Their prices weren't the very best I found online, but for my relatively small order (3 different 100-packs), not having to pay shipping saved me a hefty percentage.  And, since I picked them up the same day I ordered, it was very handy during the Christmas rush (okay, mini-rush...I'm small!).
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2008 08:24:50 PM »

you can get free boxes at your post office or USPS.com in bulk - the catch is is that when you ship the item you have to use whatever service the box says on it - which is usually priority mail or flat rate shipping - either way it's a pretty good deal on shipping especially if you can shove something heavier than usual into a flat rate box...

I'd go with USPS over UPS - it's just about always cheaper... also sometimes U-haul and Sams Club give out free boxes

Use old food boxes in your house if you can stand to be informal - or even paint/wrap them over if you want...
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