Buying and Selling on eBay: Tips, Tricks, Problems & Questions

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HansderHund, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. nohio

    nohio Senior member

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    I've started shipping sportcoats using USPS Priority Regional Rate Box A (great tip, BrianPore), but right now, I'm just packing them with tissue paper. I'd like to have some kind of protective plastic bag around them, but I'm not finding anything that looks good in regular packing supplies. Any recommendations?
     
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    hooker4186 Senior member

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    You can get most sport coats into the Tyvek USPS Priority or Express mail envelopes, then put that in the flat rate box.
     
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  3. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    I am probably too much of a straight arrow on this issue but I am sure that is a misuse of the Tyvek envelope.
     
  4. VLSI

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    It is. I just went on Amazon and searched "poly mailer" or whatever and bought a couple hundred of the 12"x15" ones, work great.
     
  5. nohio

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    Yeah, I'd rather not use the USPS bags. I assumed that the 12 x 15 wouldn't expand enough to fit the coat without crushing it. I might try some 14.5 x 19 poly bags. I was hoping to find large, clear plastic bags like the ones dry cleaners use.
     
  6. nohio

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    Didn't occur to me until just now to search "dry cleaner bags." Indeed, sold everywhere. Buying around 350 at a time brings the price down to around 17 cents per bag, but its a big investment up front.
     
  7. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    I use scavenged paper or dry cleaning bags. Ask a dry cleaner if they will sell you a few of the bags. 1 bag is enough material to wrap 3 suits. That is going to be much cheaper than using poly bags bought from ebay or uline.
     
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  8. Brianpore

    Brianpore B&S (BS) ambassador-in-chief

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    I usually use dry cleaner protective plastic sleeves. I fold the item then stick it in the big plastic sleeve and fold it up. Works great for me, but I do seem to run out of those bags quick. Wifey does dry cleaning once every 2 weeks...I should look into a big roll of em...or if the item folds up small enough, I will use a priority bag to put the item in, then of course insert that into the shipping box.
     
  10. VLSI

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    12x15 is plenty big if you fold the jacket properly. If it's a suit, pants just go in a second bag, and they both slide right in the regional rate A box.
     
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    I switched to 14 x 17 poly mailers for blazers and prefer those over the smaller size. I have a smaller size I use for shirts.
     
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    What source do u use for those bags?
     
  13. nohio

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    Do you also box them or do you just send them in the bag? (I've been sending shirts and ties in the smaller poly bags and it works really well.)
     
  14. Steve Smith

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    That is a great price.
     
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