Originally Posted by Tristan.sf
As someone who is inexperienced with selling on eBay, I want to thank everyone who has contributed their advice to this thread.
This is a very simple question, but I was wondering, for shipping shoes--new in box and new without box--what size of USPS boxes does everyone use? I found the medium flat rate boxes (Priority and Express) to be too small (11" x 8.5" x 5.5") and had to use a larger one (Priority 12" x 12" x 8").
I always use these for all of my shoe shipments, boxed or not. I keep them in stock, sturdier than the free priority boxes. Might be a bit overkill, but at least I feel confident with my package security. They fit most shoe boxes very nicely.
50 Corrugated Cardboard Shipping Boxes 13 x 9 x 6
Seller offers tons of box sizes. He has even found sizes for me that were not listed. I asked for a 13x10x4 to ship suits, and the next day there was a listing for those too. If he doesn't have the exact size, he will make a few suggestions of others close to it. Always ships ontime too.
A few other tips I have learned over time. Some by my mistake, some by the mistakes of others who sent me shoes.
1. Always either remove the laces, or untie them and place them deep inside the shoe. The aglets can scratch and dent the vamps, especially on smooth calf and shell cordovan shoes.
2. Always place the shoes in plastic grocery bags, to avoid water damage in the event of heavy rain while it sits on the buyers front step. I generally place each shoe in its own separate bag.
3. It's up to you, but I always use bubble wrap to provide extra cushioning for the shoes. Most I receive in the mail are not bubble wrapped, and it always makes me nervous when I open the box, wodering what I will find rattling around in there. I polish the shoes before I send them, so I intend for them to goright on the buyers feet and be instantly loved. I can't stand it when I get a pair of shoes in a bubble mailer or worse yet, a poly/plastic shipping bag.
4. I also replace laces that need to be replaced, or at least throw in a new set in the box.
Originally Posted by Brianpore
I still prefer to use a 2nd box. I only ship items the way I would want to receive them even if it costs me a few extra bucks.
Edited by capnwes - 8/17/12 at 8:20am