When I first decided to sell on-line, I realised I needed good postage safe packaging so after hours pricing up different packing combinations, I placed a large (for me) order with Rajapack. This consisted of brown cardboard boxes, tissue paper (apple green – I decided early on to choose a main colour and stick to it), small green kraft gift bags (one of my best buys), a large roll of brown paper, Jiffy bags and some green circle stickers for sealing packages.
I made plenty of mistakes such as cutting patterns for new designs according to whim and not thinking about posting them (so having to go and buy yet more packaging) and going a bit overboard with boxes not realising then that my main sellers would be lavender bags that would be better sent in Jiffys. As a result, I now have 4 sizes of cardboard box (2 of which I hardly ever use), 4 sizes of Jiffy, 1 size of bio-degradable ‘plastic’ bag all of which have to be stored somewhere. My husband loves all my shop stuff 😉 Having learnt some lessons, I now design with existing packaging in mind and I also try to pack so I don’t have to go to the post office as this involves driving around our village for 20 mins trying to find a parking space, so ideally I stamp small items at home.
Everyone reading this will know (I have failed to buy anything homemade which hasn’t been packaged beautifully) the packing is a key part to selling homemade goods, I frequently buy mass produced things that are also well packaged but it’s nice to have a personal touch with the little details. I’ve written about this before here and here, in fact I see I am slightly repeating myself so sorry if you pop back to read these posts, however I am a MOO fan, in the mini cards and business cards, if you pop back to the links above you can read all about my corner cutting tools used to add the finishing touch to my (then) new MOO business cards.
I am also a bit addicted to our printer, again you can read more here, but I do like to print postage labels and cards, that is until I have to replace the ink and remember how much it can cost!
In fact this is a great opportunity to show you a lovely package that arrived this morning from Kirsty at Kirsty Elson Designs.
How nice it that? and the contents are great, I especially love the Reindeer card.
I recently had a packaging problem in that I didn’t have a way to send my new Christmas Birds, I was worried their beaks would get bent if they were packed in a Jiffy and they are too small to pack in a box (the minimum postage for which is £1.62) so I decided to order some postcards to fix them to from Overnight Prints. I highly recommend these guys, the order was produced in Germany and I had progress emails throughout the whole process. I should point out though, they are not overnight unless you want to pay extra and the other rub is there is a set postage of £10. I ordered 100 x A5 (I see they now have an option for reduced number and quality in A5 size) along with 2 lots of A6 postcards (sets of 100 on sale for £9.18 each).
The arrived just before we went to Yorkshire and I’m impressed by the quality. I paid for the very basics so no extra gloss, one-sided and I opted for cutting the corners myself, although next time I will pay the extra £2/100 for this.
I kept to a simple design for the mounting cards, on the basis that I will probably be using them next year so I took a photo of ribbon with a vintage bauble and one of my sewing tags. I then attached the birds with removable glue dots on the beads and placed the lot in a cello bag. Perfect, job done and they take up a fraction of the storage space they did.
The A6 cards are for a special ‘treat’ for some of my regular customers and those who placed lage orders in the past year.
I made up 2 new colour birds which are attached to the cards with punched holes and gold ribbon, they will hopefully be sent out next week as a little Christmas card and gift.
Lastly (this is a long post, hope some of you are still with me!), I thought I would copy out my individual pricing list which I keep so I have an idea how much my packaging is costing per order. In most cases I have included a percentage of the delivery costs in the price as well and obviously some pricing may have changed, but here it is:
Good for large orders and has a next day delivery (in a LARGE lorry) but you have to place an order on-line and they call you back to take payment, also delivery is £8.95 so you need to factor that in. The prices below include VAT and may well have changed since I bought mine.
Brown Standard Postal Boxes (bought in 50’s)
A6 215 x 155 x 50 – 35p each
A5 310 x 220 x 50 – 50p each
Lrg Flat 430 x 310 x 50 – 80p each
Lrg 430 x 300 x 120 – £1-65
Rajabul Mailers (their Jiffy)
White 300 x 450 (50 /pack) – 44p each
I also buy tissue, green small kraft bags (8p each) and rolls of brown paper from them.
I bought Jiffys (Jiffylite) from here simply because I needed them in a hurry and they offer free next day delivery.
Lrg Letter 220 x 320 – 26p each (min 50)
Lrg Letter 170 x 245 – 15p each (min 100)
They allow you to order small quantities and delivery is £4.50 for next day (optional). I had struggled to find a supplier of mailbags in small quantities, more importantly they had a good price on large Biodegradable Poly Bags.
Clear Cello Bags 230 x 167 (A5) – 7p each (exc VAT) – no min order
Jiffylite 115 x 195 (A6) – 19p each (exc VAT) – no min order
Biodegradable Poly Bags – 595 x 430 (exc VAT) 36p each – no min order
A6 postcard, one-sided, no extras – 13p each
A5 postcard, one-sided, no extras – 30p each
Moo Mini – £11.99 (box of 100)
Moo Business – £12.99 (box of 50)
Hope some of that helps, I am sure there may be better options, these are just some options that I have used in the past.