Sunday, December 11, 2011

This is awesome....my wife won clear plastic wrapping paper !

Are you being "green" this Christmas season? Opportunities abound to recycle your Christmas wrappings, packing material and other related material. I mean seriously, the stuff is everywhere. You may remember I harped on this last year, but using recycled material is a really smart way to ship your eBay items.

Check out these "before and after" pictures of two holiday baskets my wife won recently at a school fundraiser. She was pretty excited about winning the baskets. One was full of holiday themed stuff, while the other was jam packed with pet store items. (Suffice it to say, our dog is now set for the year) When Mrs. Dude came home from the fundraiser with the baskets, she couldn't wait to show off all the stuff she won. I took one look and commented, "That's awesome, just look at all that wrapping paper!" Probably not the reaction she was looking for! But after Mrs. Dude inventoried all her basket winnings, I made off with the clear plastic paper. The paper couldn't have come at a better time, I am wrapping and shipping a zillion holiday sales.

Here's the end result-check out the shirt in the above picture. It's all neatly wrapped in the recycled basket paper, ready to be shipped to the buyer. Looks pretty good right? When buyers receive their item neatly packaged like this, they will usually show their appreciation with high seller ratings. Amazing what a little recycled paper can do!

Do you have any example of recycled stuff you use? Send in a picture and/or story and we'll post it on the site! Happy Holidays!
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23 comments:

  1. Just curious - have you ever had a buyer complain about using recycled shipping materials? I have and once had to defend myself about it to an irate buyer. It may be common sense, but I would only ever use extremely clean, non-obviously recycled materials (as I did, I just had a very "particular" buyer).

    Very timely and socially aware post :)

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  2. Carrie-On one sale I did have a buyer complain. I re-used a Raisin Bran cereal box to ship a small item. (I cut them in half and slip one half inside the other, makes for a strong little box) Well in this particular case I apparently left a couple of bran flakes inside...whoops, my bad! lol!

    But the vast majority of buyers never complain. One time I even had a women e-mail me with a compliment. She also thought it was hysterical that I re-used a Lucky Charms cereal box. She was my kind of people!

    As far as the "particular" buyers go, you can't please everyone, right?

    Thanks for your comment! : )

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  3. I've always sent sales out in pre-used envelopes when I'm not using flat rate boxes and envelopes. Now that I'm retired my source of pre-used padded envelopes is gone though, dang it! Can't remember if anyone ever complained about it, don't think so. I make sure the item is wrapped in decent stuff inside.

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  4. I almost always re-use what I have from boxes to wrapping material. I have had a few positive remarks, but no negative remarks. I often comment in my listings that I charge just USPS rates so maybe that makes a difference.

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  5. I am always on the look out for left over batting (from quilt projects) and polyester filling at garage sales - if I can get it super cheap. They are good substitutes for bubble wrap when you have fragile items. I have never had anyone complain about using recycled packing materials - I use lots of it!

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  6. I reuse everything I can. People know I mail the stuff from eBay sales so they save me all of their packing material. But I also put all of the stuff that I mail in a Ziploc bag. I guess I have this fear that there will be a storm of the century and my stuff will get soaked. And then (because my mind hates me) I also think "what if the ziplock pops open?" so I also tape the ziplock shut. Have you ever had a problem with the weather messing with your packaged items?

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  7. We're on the same page with recycling-that's great! It's funny when your in the business you start seeing things as potential packing material. Very creative!

    Veronica-Never had a problem with the weather messing up packages. Overall I think the postal service is pretty careful with that stuff.

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  8. I'm with you, Veronica, it's all about loss prevention. I once ordered some bulky Thomas the Train items, and the Priority Mail box had popped open a little bit... losing some of it's contents (train tracks). So I bag everything to make it secure. And the "weatherproofness" is an added bonus! Great post, Dude!

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  9. I always bag my items also! I don't want any items being lost or wet. My mind doesn't hate me, so I rely totally on the ziplock bag. But Veronica, now you have me thinking may be I should......

    Dude, I purchase any of the egg crate bed toppers I can find. People sell them cheap once the memory foam toppers came along. They make for great packing material on breakables! I always throw them in the washer with hot water and soap and then throw them in the dryer. If they are too big to fit in my washer, I cut it up into two pieces.

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  10. I like to keep my packaging cost low. For first class I use a grocery bag to put the item in (unless its something small then I'll use a ziplock). I package in a yellow envie that I buy from Sam's (box of 150 for $10). Never have had anyone complain. I also use grocery bags for priority, but for extra protection I"ll put them in a priority bag and then place in whatever I'm shipping in.

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  11. I bag everything too! I started using poly mailers because they are pretty tough and better (I think) than the paper padded mailers. I have friends that collect packing peanuts and bubble wrap for me, so I rarely, if ever, buy that stuff.

    Dude, any luck with the mannequin yet?

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  12. Thanks folks, some great comments and tips! Looks like bagging and taping may be the way to go.

    Hey Miss Clamco-Still got the mannequin. Since you put the idea in my head, I think you should buy him from me! Ha!

    I have him on Craigslist with some quick pots I took. But after the holidays I'll make more of a concerted effort with better photos to get him sold. Right now, he's kind of my mascot! lol!

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  13. Need some advice.

    I sold a men's razor that was brand new, SEALED in the manufactures packaging. My listing said no returns.

    The Buyer contacted me and said that one of the two razors will not hold a charge and would like his money back.

    What do I do?

    Thanks for your advice.
    Suzy

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  14. Suzy- You're in a tough situation there. Ultimately eBay will give the buyer a full refund based on his claim that the one razor does not work. The buyer may also insist you pay the return postage, forcing you to take an even further loss.

    But you can try to mitigate your loss. Offer the buyer a 50% refund and tell them they can keep both razors. If the other still works, that is a reasonable compromise.

    Depending on what the razor cost you, a partial refund may help you break even on the whole transaction. When you're stuck with a complaint on a damaged/broken item, that's the best you can expect to salvage out of the deal.

    Good luck! ....Dude

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  15. Thanks for your advice. I am going to try your suggestion.


    Suzy

    I love your site.

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  16. Well I thought about it and I decided I would just give him a full refund for the product but not the shipping. Since I am new to this, I did not want to jeopardize eBay asking for shipping costs as well.

    I would venture to guess that the product does work it just has to be plugged in instead of it being cordless after the charge.

    Thanks again for everything.

    Suzy

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  17. I use paper grocery bags for packing material. Many items I ship are breakable, so I wrap in bubble wrap and cram the box full with grocery bag. Great post and congrats to Mrs. Dude on the big wins!

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  18. Sounds good Suzy. It may work out in the end. Some buyers will appreciate the effort you make to refund them and sing your praises in the feedback comment section. That can turn a lemon into some lemonade!

    Marilyn-That's an excellent way to recycle those old grocery bags. They seem to accumulate on a weekly basis. Thanks for liking the post and the congrats on Mrs. Dude's winnings!

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  19. Well I am not having much luck. This guy has been nasty all along. I refunded him the total purchase price of the item but not shipping.

    He wants the shipping refunded. I guess from your statment above, I better give him the shipping back or face paying for return shipping as well.

    THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING!
    Suzy

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  20. Suzy-You're in a no-win situation with the buyer. Sounds like he has some "hard bark" on him and is just being difficult. With buyers like that you just have to bite the bullet and move on. Do you think you can re-sell the razor and make any money? If you can't, then you should just tell him to keep the razors. (Because you can't make any further money out of the deal anyway) And if you already refunded him his original purchase price and shipping costs, there's no reason for him to complain further. He gets one free razor out of the deal. Unfortunately, you lose your initial costs, but that's the best you can do in the deal.

    Your scenario has happened to me. When it does, I try to think happy thoughts about all the great deals I've made. They outweigh the few "bad egg" deals.

    I am glad you're enjoying the website. Thanks for the compliment and Happy Holidays!

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  21. Thanks for the peep talk. I needed it. I have only sold about 40 items in all. I am truly a newbie at this and this guy was over the top rude.

    It is nice to hear that the majority of the people are great!

    Happy Holidays to you to.

    Suzy

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  22. Suzy - You're welcome and thanks for liking the blog! : )

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  23. Okay. If you use the page without a plastic cover, it is most likely a Creative Memories book. You'll have to trim off about 1/4" on either side. You can touch, feel and interact with the designs on the pages. However, many people I know have to "plan" their pages together so there is not an orphan.
    http://www.dynaselimpex.com/stock/plastic-scrap/plastic-bopp-rolls-scrap.html

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