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Packing your sold items

After you've sold your item, it's important to pack it securely, in the right type of packaging, to make sure it gets to your buyer in perfect condition.

We encourage sellers to use an environmentally friendly option when packing items, such as sustainable, recycled or clean reused packaging materials.

Packing tips for sellers

Here are some tips on packing your items:

  • Allow space for packing material when you choose the box or satchel. Choose one that's slightly larger than your item, so you can cushion it with packing material on all sides.
  • Check that your item isn't moving around before you seal up your package.
  • Seal your parcel and reinforce all seams and edges using strong tape (preferably at least 5cm wide).
  • Clearly label the package and include a return address.

Tip
We recommend reusing boxes or satchels – just make sure to remove or cover any previous labels, and cross out any previous addresses with a black marker. You can often turn satchels inside out and re-label them.

How to pack irregularly shaped items

Some things are a little more difficult to post than others. Here are some ideas for packing irregularly shaped items:

  • Metals – tape the address label directly to the item, and cover any sharp or protruding edges with cardboard.
  • Fabric and wallpaper – rolled goods travel best in corrugated boxes. If you post a fabric roll in a bag, make sure it's tightly wrapped and taped to avoid tearing.
  • Tyres – apply a wide band of pressure-sensitive tape through the centre and completely around the body of the tyre. Attach the address label to the tape band where it covers the tread, and cover with clear tape.

Buying packaging supplies on eBay

If you do need to purchase new packaging, you can buy a wide range of supplies from eBay sellers.

Australia Post's eBay Store - opens in new window or tab includes boxes and satchels which can be used with eBay postage labels, as well as pre-paid tracked envelopes.

Always package your items carefully, using environmentally friendly options, so that the item arrives safely.

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