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Packing your items for shipping

It's important to pack your items properly so that they aren't damaged in shipping. This page contains some useful information to help you make sure your package arrives safely.

Shipping tips

When packing your item, keep these things in mind:

  • Choose a box that's slightly larger than the item you're sending so you can cushion the item with packing material on all sides. Make sure your box is in good condition and sturdy enough to survive the trip.

  • Pack the item with bubble wrap, peanuts, foam, or paper so there's no room for your item to move around in the package. Tip: If you're shipping very fragile items, like glassware, we strongly recommend you use something more secure than paper to pack your items.

  • Use clear or brown packaging tape, reinforced packing tape, or paper tape. The tape should be at least 2 inches wide. Don't use masking tape, cellophane tape, cord, string, or twine. Tape the opening of the box and reinforce all seams.

  • Properly label the package and include a return address. If you're reusing a box, cover any previous labels or cross out any previous address information with a heavy black marker.

Note: You can order free shipping supplies from the US Postal Service.

Irregularly-shaped items

If you're shipping items that don't easily fit in a box, here are some tips:

  • Metals: Completely tape the address label to the item being shipped. Do not use "flying tags." Cover sharp or protruding edges with taped-on corrugated cardboard pieces.

  • Fabric and wallpaper: Rolled goods travel best when shipped in corrugated boxes. If a fabric roll is shipped in a bag, make sure the bag is tightly wrapped and taped to reduce the risk of tearing. Place duplicate labels inside the core or between the top layers of material.

  • Tires: Apply a wide band of pressure-sensitive tape through the center and completely around the body of the tire so the tape is attached to itself. Attach the address label to the tape band where it covers the tread, and cover with clear tape.

These tips are general guidelines. We can't be held responsible if your item is damaged in transit.

Note: Your package may be considered irregular if it's a non-standard material or if it's an irregular shape, and may have additional charges. The US Postal Service and United Parcel Service have different definitions of irregular.

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