The following suggestions are practical tips for packaging your item securely. It is your responsibility to ensure that adequate, secure and protective packaging is used for each parcel. If a courier cannot accept a parcel, for example because it is not packaged appropriately or because it contains prohibited goods, you may incur additional charges for an attempted collection.
- Choosing the right packaging for your items makes all the difference. There are lots of packaging options to choose from. For example, boxes made of corrugated cardboard with good quality outer liners, triangular tubes for rolled paper and heavy- duty double-layered board for valuable items. You can also buy fun, colourful and effective eBay branded packaging supplies directly from http://stores.ebay.co.uk/ebaypackaginguk/ at great prices, and all eBay bags and boxes are recyclable too.
- Small or flat items can be packaged in a padded envelope, self-sealing plastic sleeve or other suitable postage envelope.
- Make sure you use the right sized packaging for your item. Items should be wrapped so they do not move about inside the box or package. Use paper, bubble wrap or polystyrene chips to protect the item inside a box or bag.
- If you are re-using a box ensure it is not damaged and all old labels have been removed.
- Do not overload the box as it may split open.
- Ensure the delivery labels attached to the box are securely affixed, clearly printed and flat so they can be read by scanners.
- Use strong tape to seal and secure your box. Avoid using staples unless they are taped over – they can be easily pulled apart.
- Carefully wrap fragile or delicate items individually and ensure they are cushioned on all sides. Don't consider "Fragile" and "Handle with care" labels as a substitute for careful packaging. They are only appropriate for information purposes.
- Check that the items you are sending are not on the Prohibited Goods list.