How to post a boxed item with item details and pictures on outside of box.



  • GDB2222
    GDB2222 Posts: 24,643 Forumite
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    Where do you get an outer box that is big enough and strong enough?

    If I had something like that to sell, I think I would opt for a lower price and insist on local pickup.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
  • olgadapolga
    olgadapolga Posts: 2,273 Forumite
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    soolin said:
    I do not agree with using brown paper. Items are machine sorted in a lot of instances and paper, however thick and chunky can rip. An outer box is required both for safety and to avoid damages. The box containing the oven is meant to be carried on pallets ,  it won’t be sufficient to go through rough handling unless you are confident that your packing would allow for the item to be dropped o to a concrete floor if you hold it with your arms outstretched. 
    DH works in a sorting depot for RM and he agrees with everything you've said and added that it's not just the dropping of the item from 4'+ but, more importantly, the possibility of your parcel being at the bottom of a stillage and loads of other heavy parcels being thrown on top of it. And they do get thrown! 
  • Jenniefour
    Jenniefour Posts: 1,393 Forumite
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    Many thanks for all the responses. After an experiment with double thickness brown paper  which was clearly inadequate and would have been lucky to make it to the van intact - I decided to go with using a sturdy cardboard box and lots of packing tape. Worked  treat.

  • You could use brown wrapping paper and cover all of it with Sellotape.
    Please don’t do this, I have had a number of parcels from eBay where the seller has done this and made it so difficult to get into, it’s extremely frustrating, and I have on occasion considered sending one or two back because I was concerned I would damage the item getting into the packaging.
    Each to their own, but  I have never had a problem.
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