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On Amazon you will have way more returns and customers being very nit picky about things.  People are used to being able return anything they want on Amazon for any reason so when they buy from third

This post is directed at small parts sellers, shipping internationally, that like living on the edge. I've come up with a packaging hack to get around the $13.50+ charge for international shipping.

When face with this dilemma I typically custom build a box.  I have had to do when selling a group of sets like the latest castle series.  I do this when selling a single 10664 Creative Tower. Fi

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12 minutes ago, RightDwigt said:

USPS one is free but a bit oversized for the Nebulon

https://store.usps.com/store/product/shipping-supplies/priority-mail-box-1095-P_O_1095#moreinfofooter

 

I have some of these that fit most sets under $30-40 MSRP, including the Nebulon with minimal wasted volume. 

https://www.staples.com/12-L-x-9-W-x-3-H-Shipping-Boxes-32-ECT-Brown-25-Bundle-PRA0049/product_426568

 

Edit, I just wanted to add that I read some advice here earlier this year that the best thing some sellers have done is to buy specific perfect size boxes for most of their inventory. I found three different box sizes from Staples that cover 99% of the inventory I have. A little less than a dollar per sale as far as cost goes, but well worth saving the headache of finding boxes or having boxes that are way too large. Just raise the price a dollar and you're good. No more the days of coming through my old Amazon boxes. 🤗

Thanks! Will the Staples ones cost roughly the same to ship as the USPS flat rate for this set assuming most domestic locations?

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1 minute ago, sauromosis said:

Thanks! Will the Staples ones cost roughly the same to ship as the USPS flat rate for this set assuming most domestic locations?

Probably not, FR is generally not a good deal.

To get around this issue I'll just send you a label and you can send the entire box full of them to me. Then you don't need to worry about all those shipping headaches. 

 

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1 minute ago, sauromosis said:

Thanks! Will the Staples ones cost roughly the same to ship as the USPS flat rate for this set assuming most domestic locations?

Yes, generally. Under 3 lb or so you are mostly looking at the weight is the determining factor vs overall dimensions. I usually find that the closer you can get a box to the exact size of the item you are shipping, the less chance there will be any damage. 

Staples is a great option right now with the free shipping no minimum. I'm sure that'll go away before too long, but it's been nice during the pandemic.

2 minutes ago, amtrak23 said:

Probably not, FR is generally not a good deal.

To get around this issue I'll just send you a label and you can send the entire box full of them to me. Then you don't need to worry about all those shipping headaches. 

 

 

The boxes in my link above are the 1095 general purpose priority mail boxes. Flat rate postage is not required, just priority.

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5 minutes ago, amtrak23 said:

Probably not, FR is generally not a good deal.

To get around this issue I'll just send you a label and you can send the entire box full of them to me. Then you don't need to worry about all those shipping headaches. 

 

 

Thanks, man, that will help. I'll also include a personal check for any labor hours you spend unpacking them.

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11 minutes ago, Jessekidd13 said:

Any good online shipping/packaging materials discounts running right now?  Usually use Staples, but can't find anything.

Jesse

I just ordered some from Staples. Didn’t have the time to wait for a coupon.

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Has everyone been experiencing delays in shipment arrivals? I have a few packages that were shipped around last week of Nov that havent been delivered yet. The closer we get to Christmas the less likely an order will arrive on time. All of these are 1-3 day priority mailings.......... Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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I am waiting on a parcel fro IA that shipped on the 27th.  I just put in a "where is my mail request".  Probably should I just waited because usps is obviously back logged.  I sent a couple figures about an hour away from me (same state) and that is even taking several days.

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1 hour ago, KShine said:

FYI, the temporary USPS price increase ends on 12/27.

So if you are creating any labels today, you might want to select Monday as the ship date (to get the lower rates).

wonder if we lose the great service we paid for that starting Monday though?

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Question for experts: Do sets like Parisian Restaurant fit in a 4" deep box or do I need to go to a 6" box? I know that the larger sets are 4.5" in height so they won't fit anyhow and I assume that I need a 24x16x6 or similar to include both set sizes.

Thanks :)

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3 hours ago, redghostx said:

Question for experts: Do sets like Parisian Restaurant fit in a 4" deep box or do I need to go to a 6" box? I know that the larger sets are 4.5" in height so they won't fit anyhow and I assume that I need a 24x16x6 or similar to include both set sizes.

Thanks :)

modulars fit in the 4",  personal preference and how far its going.  Generally if I made a lot I'll go to the 6" for more protection.  The 4 is pretty tight and if someone steps on the box most likely will dent.  

the 2" can be a price hit on the dim weight.

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modulars fit in the 4",  personal preference and how far its going.  Generally if I made a lot I'll go to the 6" for more protection.  The 4 is pretty tight and if someone steps on the box most likely will dent.  
the 2" can be a price hit on the dim weight.
Awesome thanks :)
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FYI, USPS shipping rates are going up on 1/24.

So if you have any labels needing to be created, you might want to do it today.

Remember to select today as the ship date (to get the current rates) - if you select Monday you'll pay the higher rates.

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