Corrugated Mailing Boxes
I want to talk to you for a minute about shipping books. I owned a used bookshop for 4 years and learned a thing or two about shipping books, both from the sender’s end and the receiver’s end. To throw out some numbers, and keep in mind we were a small family shop, I sent out over 5000 books and probably received close to 700 – so I know a bit about the topic. Let me tell you right now that corrugated mailing boxes are the way to go.
B-Flute as they are known around the business. Of the 5000 books that I mailed out, would you care to guess how many were returned do to damage? Zero. Like to know how many negative remarks we received on Amazon and eBay due to our packaging? Zero.
Corrugated Mailing Boxes may not be the prettiest things to look at but the are:
- easy to use (fast to package)
- fits just about any sized book
- get the job done
We wrote a pretty extensive article on corrugated mailers in another post, complete with instructions and images. I’m sure you’ll find the process quite easy to implement. This post is just a reminder for those thinking of starting out selling online. You need to get a grip on expenses right from the start or they can get out of control. If you plan on becoming an Amazon dealer and hope to sell a certain volume then why spend $1.00 per book or more when you could be spending about $0.30. Some bulk clear food wrap, some tape and staples to go along with your b-flute and voila! cheap corrugated mailing boxes custom fit for any sized book.
One other quick point on why these mailers are great for books, the books do not move inside the packaging. This is crucial. It’s the sliding around inside the packaging that causes the corners to get bumped. I’ve received (and sent back) my share of quality books tossed into oversized bubble mailers. Not fun.
There are many dealers that voice opinions against this method of book mailers and perhaps some will add their opinions to this very post. Granted – I would not use corrugated mailing boxes on higher end items. If a client is giving you $100+ for a book, the least you could do is wrap it up in finer, prettier boxes. (I’ve heard of some using a fine glueless wallpaper to add an extra appeal to the interior wrapping). But if you’re selling at volume and are concerned about margins/per book then consider this inexpensive solution. Corrugated mailing boxes, or b-flute is the way to go.