Do you spend $250,000 a year in shipping? You dont… Me neither, but if you did, you could get some really fancy looking boxes from USPS. Don’t worry if you are not sending out a thousand items a day, eBay can help you look a little bit more professional.
I usually can tell if someone has what it takes to be an eBay entrepreneur just by talking to them. They usually are filled with excuses on why they can’t sell on eBay. It starts out with, “I don’t have time” or “I don’t know where to find inventory”, but it surprised me when one successful eBayer told me that he never could find boxes for his items. Never find boxes? Not only are the USPS boxes free, they will send them to you!
This leads me into my point of this article. A lot of people are unaware of what is FREE for us eBay Entrepreneurs. One of my favorite places to get free boxes is from USPS. Since eBay obviously pushes USPS as their main postal service, they have a great deal with USPS to get free Co-Branded boxes. These boxes are free to use for us eBayers, and are just the normal Flat Rate Boxes that you can get, but they have the eBay logo. I really think that this ups your professionalism. The boxes just look nice, and they show that you are serious about your business.
So what else can you get for free? Well, a lot really! My boxes look like a USPS race car when I’m done with them. They have all kinds of stickers, labels, and branded tape all slapped on there. I think hey, why not, its Free!
Also, if you go to a USPS store, they will even give you free Priority Mail shipping tape. Honestly, I use so much of their free products that I’m probably the reason why they increased their shipping prices. Just kidding… But really, I am. Those are some of my favorite things to get and use. The Shoe Box probably single handedly changed the way I do business with shoes. I hated trying to track down a shoe box for shipping, but now USPS has one for me.
If you are looking for great packing material, I have found the BEST place to get it for free. One day I was in a Radio Shack as they were putting away their new inventory. I noticed a huge bag of paper packing material that they were going to throw away. I asked them if I could have it, and they said yes! They gave me so much, that I still have some left. Check with your local Radio Shack to see if they will share the love.
To see what other kinds of co-branded boxes eBay has available click HERE. To stock up on other free USPS shipping supplies, click HERE.