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Posted 11/17/2012 by scrapboo in For Sale or Trade
 

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Posted: 11/17/2012 5:10:15 PM
I'm continuing with my sell-off of almost all of my scrapbooking things. The stamps are so easy to ship but I'm planning to move next to punches. My biggest hurdle is how to ship because of their weight and shape. Most are a bit too tall for the small flat rate box but a medium flat rate box is too big to mail a punch or two plus then the shipping goes too high for one or two punches. If I don't go flat rate, not sure where to find boxes to ship them.

I thought of trying to sell in lots so I could fit a lot of punches into a medium flat rate box, but I'm hesitant to do that because then I limit the buyers to those that don't already own any of the punches in that lot. And how many of us here don't already own some punches??

Anyone have any suggestions? I'd really appreciate your input. Thanks.

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Posted: 11/17/2012 5:27:50 PM
I have fit a big punch in a small flat rate box and this is what I do lol

I first put in a plastic bag those from the grocery store and I press the handle down kind of like if you punching it. I wrap the bag tight and wrap tape so it won't pop open inside box and it works out well for me. I've never had any trouble and they arrive safely.

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Posted: 11/17/2012 6:04:58 PM
Wow, duh - I didn't want to partially compress the handle but never thought of taping it all the way down. Thanks for the great idea.

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Posted: 11/17/2012 6:29:10 PM
you should order the padded flat rate envelopes

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Posted: 11/17/2012 6:39:49 PM
Definitely use the flat rate padded envelope. I am getting ready to lust a bunch of punches and that's what I will use.



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Posted: 11/17/2012 6:44:29 PM
if you have any of the Martha Stewart Snowflakes that are big, peamail me please


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Posted: 11/17/2012 6:54:12 PM
If you happen to have the Stampin Up Round Tab Punch I would like to buy it.
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Posted: 11/17/2012 7:38:21 PM
I'll have to look into the padded envelopes. I'm not familiar with those. Do they really protect the punches from getting broken? I just thought I'd have to use a box.

Sweetie Pie Pea - I have one MS snowflake punch but I don't know that it's big. It's the Arctic Snowflake. Let me know if you have any interest in that one.

GinGin_P - Sorry, don't have the round tab punch.

Have a ton of others though that I'm going to be selling, so if anyone is looking for any others, please let me know. Thanks.

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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:56:41 PM
I love the padded flat rate envelopes, you can fit so much more in them, even extra padding for a punch(s). But you have to Order them on USPS.com but they get delivered , for free, pretty quickly. Good luck!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:55:32 AM
Thanks, everyone. I will definitely check out the padded envelopes. Sounds like they might be good for many things different things I have to ship.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 10:52:08 AM
How much is the flat rate price? About how many punches would fit in one. I'm talking about the fiskars type.








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Posted: 11/23/2012 12:10:30 AM
I've sold several punches (a few here, and most of them at Etsy). The Fiskars with the blue handles...I sent a couple of those in the flat rate small box. I put a rubber band around the handles I got I think 3 in them.

The big round ones, like from McGill or Paper Studio, those I used a bubble envelope to wrap them up and taped them really good (poor people probably were yelling b/c I wrap so tightly) and put them in another padded envelope. I am kind of nervous about sending the big ones in the envelopes, but so far, there hasn't been any issues that I know of. I have been wrapping the little ones too the same way, and they have been making it safely so far.

Every time I have a dilemma like yours, I have suggested that they cater a bit more to us scrapbookers who are selling and shipping things all over the place. I also suggested that they make a flat rate box in between the small and that 11.35 box, b/c of the problems with fitting stuff and the price difference.

OP, just make sure if you do use the small box that it's not bulging too much (I think they are okay with a small bulge but if it's big enough to make you have to tape it to make sure the items don't fall out, they may not take it, and will tell you to use something else that fits better.




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Posted: 11/24/2012 3:26:59 AM
snowballsmom - thanks for all that great information. It will really help!

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Posted: 11/24/2012 9:35:22 PM
I haven't mailed any for a while, but I remember using rectangular (shoe box) priority mail boxes for sending XL or multiple punches. I couldn't find them in the P.O., but I ordered them free online from the USPS website.


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