If you sell items online, you know that you can never have too many shipping supplies for business. We are currently in the 4th quarter and my business is booming. I’ve gotten sales on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, & Mercari within the last week. Hopefully, things are going well for you too. When sending off items, it could be a pain if you don’t have a certain box on hand. I’ve been there a few times and had to ship a couple of items off in a box that was too big. I don’t want you to be in that situation. Today, I want to go over where to get your shipping supplies for business. I’m going to start off with three places you can get boxes and then discuss some other supplies.
Visit the USPS
You may or may not know this, but the USPS offers free priority shipping boxes. They also offer several flat rate boxes that come in sizes small, medium, and large. A flat rate box is a box that ships for a flat rate. As long as the box is 70 pounds or less it still ships for one flat rate. Those boxes come with insurance as well. The prices for the flat rate boxes are as follows:
Small Box – $8.30
Medium Box – $15.05
Large Box – $21.10
Those are the prices to ship if you purchase in person at the USPS. If you pay for your shipping online, the price will be a little cheaper. These boxes come in different sizes as well. Some medium and large boxes are a different shape. To see an example of what I’m talking about, visit the USPS site.
There are a couple of ways for you to get some of these boxes for your business. The first way is to order them on the USPS website. They are free to order. You have the option to choose different sizes. The other way to get them is to go to your local post office and pick them up. They should have a section or display for them. If they don’t one of the associates working should be able to help you.
Keep this in mind, 2020 has been a very busy year for the USPS. Depending on when you order the boxes, it may take a few weeks for you to receive them.
Check with your neighborhood stores
The next way to get supplies for business is to check with stores in your neighborhood. A lot of stores get shipments multiple days of the week. After they unpack the inventory, they usually just throw the empty boxes away. You can check behind the back of the store near the dumpster to see if they have what you need or you could do what I’ve done in the past. I used to go to my local Family Dollar and ask the manager if they have any boxes that they are getting rid of that day. I was able to go to their stock room and grab whatever I wanted. That was an easy way to get boxes a couple of years ago.
The third way for you to get boxes is to go to a store and buy them. We all love free supplies for business, but sometimes you will have to spend money on some things. I buy boxes all the time now. Sometimes, you won’t be able to find the right size box for free, so you’ll have to buy it.
You can get them from Walmart or Amazon. The Amazon link leads to my Amazon store. I have several boxes and other supplies for business that I’ll be talking about shortly.
At the beginning of this post, I focused on shipping boxes that you can use. Those aren’t the only shipping supplies that you will need. Below are a few more things that you need if you want to take your business seriously.
If you want to make shipping as stress-free as possible, you have to grab a scale. I sold online for several years before I decided to get my scale in 2020. It has been one of the best decisions that I’ve done this year. In the past, I used to guess when it came to shipping prices. That worked half the time. When it didn’t work, I lost money. If you are reading this, I do not want you to be in the same situation. Get a scale. I recommend this Accutek. It’s the exact one that I have. I paid $25 for it. Click on the image below for more info.
If you ship as much as I do, you are going to need tape and lots of it. Below is a set that should get you going for right now.
This is another item that I just started using this year. If you sell a lot of clothes or jerseys, you need to be using poly mailer bags. They are durable. You can save so much money using them instead of putting your closed in small boxes or large envelopes.
This is another item that you will need a lot of depending on what you sell. I sell a lot of coffee mugs and bobbleheads, so I go through bubble wrap. I used to go grab the $3 bubble wrap pack from the store, but it wasn’t enough. I was at the store two or three times a week. I finally started ordering a bigger size online. I saved money and time doing that. Below is the bubble wrap that I recently purchased.
This is another item that I purchased this year. I used to go to the post office and have them print my postage. That was cool for a while, but once I started making more sales, I hated slowing up the line. The turning point for me was waiting in line 40 minutes, then having to get postage for 8 packages. I told myself never again and purchased a printer. Below is the HP printer that I brought. I may eventually move to a Thermo, but for right now, this printer does the job.
eBay Supplies Discount
Do you have an eBay store? If the answer is yes, you are in luck. Every quarter eBay store owners receive a $25 coupon that we can use for eBay shipping supplies. eBay has all kinds of supplies including boxes, tape, poly mailers, and more. If you have a store, make sure that you use that coupon and get your eBay supplies for business.
If you are just starting out in the resell business, I hope this post helps you when it comes to getting supplies. I want you to thrive as a reseller and you will.