Budget Mailers for Ebay, Listia and More
Padded envelopes are not cheap, especially when they are used on a regular basis. I do not sell items on eBay, but I regularly give away things that I no longer want or need on Listia. I always use padded envelopes, even when the items are not fragile. The small pockets of air provide cushioning, and I would not use any other method to send my items. However, I had to recently look for ways to save money on packing supplies. They were becoming far too costly for my budget. I came up with a few great ways to save money on padded envelopes, and I no longer have to pay full price.
Cut Large Padded Envelopes Into Smaller Packages
When I needed smaller padded envelopes and only had the largest size, I came up with a plan to save money. Instead of going to my local discount store and spending $1.25 on three smaller mailers, I cut the largest one I had into thirds. The large bubble wrap mailers did not cost much more than the smaller ones. I save a lot of money by dividing and securely taping the largest mailers available. I fold over both ends and use about three layers of clear box tape to secure the openings. They work just as well.
Reuse Bubble Wrap and Other Packaging
Whenever possible I save used bubble wrap and other packaging. After all, why throw away perfectly good packing materials? Save money on padded envelopes by saving reusable packaging. The practice of saving materials whenever possible will offset the cost of materials that must be purchased, and it also helps to lessen the impact it has on the environment.
Make Padded Envelopes to Save a Lot of Money
I have also resorted to making padded envelopes in an effort to save more money. I recently bought a package of unpadded envelopes, and they work just as well when the items are wrapped. The outcome is the same, and the price is considerably less. The bubble wrap does not have to be connected to the envelope to protect the items inside.
Buy Packaging in Bulk
The more packing materials cost, the lower the profits. When combined with shipping, some items are not worth selling online. My boyfriend regularly sells items on eBay, and he also had to look for ways to save money on padded envelopes. He found a fantastic wholesale source, and when using the same methods I use to save money, his profits have skyrocketed. With green packaging and a little ingenuity, you can save money while lessening your personal impact on the environment.