How to ship large items like a boss

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OK, all you shipping scaredy-cats! This article is just for you!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, shipping costs can easily eat into your eBay profits. Shipping an item might cost more than anticipated or an item might not sell because the shipping price seems high to potential buyers.

Because of this, every day I watch folks lose out on BIG money as they are intimidated by shipping large items. They simply don’t know how to ship large items and, so, never bid on them at auctions or don’t buy them at garage sales, thrift stores, estate sales, etc.

Well, today I’m going to help take the fear out of shipping large itemsbecause I’m going to show you how easy it is to ship them! Not only is it a snap to ship big things, but you can make money on the shipping fees!

How to ship large items

Shipping a big ol’ Golf Bag is a breeze!

Golf Bags are big. And heavy – even without the golf clubs in them. Watch the video to see how ea-ea-easy and ch-ch-cheap it was to building a shipping box.

See how I was able to save money on shipping this monster!

If you don’t care for video or would like more instructions, below is the full transcript from the video:

Shipping a Golf Bag

How to build a large shipping box & ship a large item

Here we are. We sold the golf bag, and now I’m going to prepare to ship it. We found this great box, this cardboard. We’re recycling.

It looks like it’s from a floral, and we opened it all up. Now I’m going to cut it to fit the golf bag. First, I’m going to wrap it in plastic, because I think all things should be wrapped in plastic before you ship them, and then we’ll get it in the box.

Stay tuned. I like to always include a handwritten note and my business card.

So I’m going to put my business card in there, and I’m going to write just a quick little note telling them thank you. I’ll include that in here.

We’re going to go ahead and fold this up, make sure everything’s nice and secure. I’ve got a garbage bag, extra big garbage bag to put around the golf bag. I’m going to bring it together as tight as I can to secure it. Put a second bag over it. 

I like to put bags over everything to protect it from the elements, because you never know.

Now we’ve got to create the box and make it fit. First we get it to where we’re going to want it to sit and kind of measure it. This cardboard’s not as easy to bend as the other cardboard was that I had.

What I’m going to do is figure out exactly where it’s going to bend.

First make sure your box it totally apart. That will help things. It already has some folds in it, so I’m going to try to get it near the folds, and I’m going to score it where I want to bend it to make the shape. This side I’m going to score it there so it’ll bend. There you go.

Now I can cut off some of this excess. I’m going to cut it right on the seam. If I was outside I would use a utility knife, but I don’t want to cut my carpet. The things we do. 

I paid $25 for this golf bag, and I sold it for $147. I want to try to get the clean cut first.

I got a little bit too much excess at the top that I’m going to need to cut off, because the more cardboard you have, the heavier it’s going to be. I found a utility knife, so this is going much better. That makes life much easier.

Don’t get cut!

Now I can get rid of that excess. Get it nice and tight as it will go. It helps to be organized. Get the tape all the way around it to get it secure, and then you can come back.

Now we’ll start shaping the ends. There we go. I’m just going to tape this to make it secure for now while I go finish off the other end, and then I’ll come back and make it better. Now we’ve got to make this one, be careful not to cut the bag.

All your odd shaped items, don’t be afraid to sell them when you can make extra money just because you think you can’t ship it. Everything can be shipped. Just get yourself some cardboard. There’s plenty out there.

I want to tape all the way around it. I think that’s really important. You should go all the way around it one way, because that gives it added security to do it a couple times. Something this big I’m going to around it a couple times.

Now I’m ready to do the finishing touches on it, and then I’ll print out my label, and it will be ready to go. I got the label printed, now we’re going to put it on the top. I like the way this stands up, so I got it pretty secure. I want to be able to make sure the mailman can read this to deliver it.

It’s going to Frisco, Texas. I did insure it, because when I sell something that has a high dollar value like this I think it’s important to insure our packages.

I want to make sure that they keep this standing up, so I’m going to make little arrows with my marker, so it’s like this end up. Then they’ll know where to find the address label.

It will let the mailman know. What else I’m going to do is I’m going to write on here, It’s just a fun thing to add to my packages. Maybe they’ll join the green team.

That’s how you can ship a golf bag, so don’t be afraid to sell them! If you find them at the thrift stores, pick them up and get them listed on eBay!

4 thoughts on “How to ship large items like a boss

  1. Danna Crawford April 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    No, the buyer pays the shipping so there should be no worries then.

  2. Laura w April 18, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    My problem isn’t finding a box, it’s finding a carrier to ship the large items. The shipping cost is more than the item is worth so no one wants to buy it. I can’t see spending 90 plus dollars on shipping for 50 dollar patio cushions. If you have any advice on shipping that would be great. Thanks

  3. Danna Crawford March 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    It is based on zip code or regions. Shipping from your zip to their zip so if they are farther then yes, shipping is going to be more. SO you can always compare with fed-ex.

  4. Jessica March 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    I sold one myself and it’s telling me shipping is $98!! What am I doing wrong?

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