If you are anything like me and you seem to buy just about as much as you sell then this is a great tip for you!!
Don't throw away those postbags that arrive on your door step. Instead, open them carefully and keep them for when you need to pack something up that you sold. Over time, I found I accumulated quite a big pile of all different shapes and sizes (and a lot of bubble wrap too!). Buyers really appreciate it when you don't over charge on postage and handling and by recycling the postpaks they will save a lot of money on handling. That way you just charge them for the postage and you aren't out of pocket yourself. Buyers will be more attracted to your items if you have a lower priced postage and handling fees.
You will be suprised just how many bags you can recycle!
Another way to save on packaging is to use garbage bags. They are great for items that won't get damaged in transit and particularly big, boxed items. But remember the more obscure the shape of the package the cheaper it is! Australia Post 'cube' boxes and parcel that are shaped anything like a box. But they can't 'cube' an obscure shape - so this is where using garbage bags comes in handy! Wrap your item in plenty of bubble wrap first and you have a very safe way to send items. This way, the parcel goes on weight alone and not the weight plus the cubing. Where possible I try to avoid using boxes, especially for things like shoes etc that don't fit in a 3kg satchel. Also use Pre Paid satchels either for regular post or express alot of the time you will find it cheaper sending your items using a pre paid satchel rather than paying the postage on your item packet in a postpak.
- re-use those postpaks that you receive in your mailbox
- save all your bubble wrap that you come across
- recycle packaging containers / bags
- try to avoid using boxes for heavier, bulky item
- package the items in obscure shapes to avoid being charged extra fees for 'cubing'.
- Ask your local post office for a pricing guide to posting parcels, this way if possible you can check your parcels weight and compare the postage charge to that of using a pre paid satchel.
In time you will get to know all kinds of ways in reducing your postage charges while still being able to send your items safe and securely, as well as being able to roughly know how much each of your item will cost before you leave home.