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One of the questions that I get asked most often is where to get ebay shipping supplies. Starting an online business is a great way to be able to make $1,000 per month from home, or more, especially if you have children or someone else to provide care for.  It has literally changed my life!

Once you get past the learning curve of figure out how much something is worth, deciding what kind of box or mailer to ship the item in can send you into panic mode. I want to assure you that there is no need to panic. Don’t let your fear of shipping keep you from making money on ebay.

I have you covered. 

Best way to ship ebay items

The best way to ship on ebay or any other platform is to have a variety of boxes available. These can be boxes that you’ve collected from friends, family, your own Amazon purchases, etc. You can also order free Priority Mail boxes from the post office or order new boxes form Amazon or ebay.

When you list an item in your ebay store, think about how you’re going to ship it. Also, when you’re sourcing, think about how you’re going to ship an item. Do you have the skills to ship it? Are you willing to ship it?

This is a common issue with resellers, and it’s the reason why the have huge death piles. They ignore the shipping process and what that will actually entail. When it’s time to list it, they are scared to ship it and just never list it.

The biggest lesson I can give you on shipping is to make sure that your item passes the shake test. If you can hear it move inside the box, you don’t have enough void fill (packing paper, peanuts, etc.).

Three places to find discount shipping supplies, two are free!

  1. Clean, used boxes from retail stores and my own Amazon orders
  2. Free Priority Mail shipping supplies from USPS
  3. Bubblefast, & Supply Hut on ebay

You can also use all of these supplies for shipping items that you’ve sold on other platforms like Mercari.  I would avoid using recycled packaging for Etsy, but that is a personal choice.  Many sellers do.

Related post: Beginners Guide to Shipping for Small Business

Free USPS Shipping Supplies

These are the best free mailing supplies that USPS has to offer.

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

Priority Tyvek Envelope

Priority Mail  Box 7″ x 7″ x 6″

Priority Mail Box 12″ x 12″ x 8″

Priority Mail Box – 1092

Priority Mail Box – 1095

Priority Mail Box – 1097

Priority Mail Shoe Box 

Priority Mail Tyvek Envelope

Customs Form Envelope (for international sales or APO/FPO addresses)

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Bubble Mailers

#000 (4″ x 8″) Bubble Mailer

#0 (6″ x 10″) Bubble Mailer

#3 (8.5″ x 14.5″) Bubble Mailer

#5 (10.5″ x 16″) Bubble Mailer

Bubble Wrap

3/16″ Bubble Wrap (small bubbles)

1/2″ Bubble Wrap (big bubbles)

Combo pack (1 of each- 3/16″ & 1/2″)

Single Arm Bubble Wrap Dispenser

Miscellaneous Supplies

7″ x 7″ x 7″ Box

Packing peanuts

Stretch wrap

Packing paper

Ebay Branded Shipping Supplies

All ebay sellers with a store subscription get a free credit in the form of a coupon code quarterly. To find your coupon, in the ebay Seller Hub under Marketing –> Subscriber Discounts.  I use mine to buy polymailers, boxes, and bubble mailers in the ebay supply store. 

If you have seen other resellers get free ebay tape, this is where they are getting it from. There are many more supplies available, go check them out.

Keep in mind that this might not be the cheapest place to buy packing supplies but the quality is good, and you get the coupon so you might as well use it. Their cardboard boxes are really high quality.

Best Reselling Shipping Supplies

Polymailer Starter Kit

9″ x 11.5″ Polymailer 

14.5″ x 18.5″ Polymailer

6.5″ x 9.25″ Bubble Mailer

6″ x 4″ x 4″ Box 

12″ x 6″ x 6″ Box  

12.5″ x 12.5″ Flat Adjustable Box

Ebay shipping supplies made easy! Get the list of everything that you need to start shipping what you sell on ebay.

More ebay shipping supplies tips:

Remember to present your item to your buyers in the same manner that you would want to receive an item in.  Do not use dirty boxes or boxes with alcohol logos on the outside.  Use common sense when choosing shipping supplies.

Purchase an inexpensive shipping scale. Shipping is much cheaper when you purchase an ebay shipping label online. Take advantage of those shipping discounts. You can also use other shipping services like Pirate Ship.

I use a combination of free boxes and paid ones. It just depends on what I’m shipping. I know certain items are going to fit better in certain boxes, and I am willing to buy them.

Just remember that you generally get what you paid for, so getting the cheapest shipping supplies is not always a good idea.

Related post: Beginners Guide to Shipping on Ebay

How to ship clothing

Clothing is the easiest thing to ship, and probably why many people exclusively sell clothing. Most clothing can be shipped in a polymailer.

Some heavier items will need a box. It is easy to use the free Priority boxes from the post office to ship items.

How to find cheap shipping supplies near me

Happily accept donations from friends and family who offer them.  If you know someone who has recently moved, ask them if they could save boxes and bubble wrap for you. You may be able to find free moving boxes on Facebook Marketplace or local Buy Nothing groups.

Spend a little money on quality bubble wrap and mailers.  You will get what you pay for.  No one wants a buyer to get a broken item in the mail.

Amazon and Lowe’s/Home Depot are great places to buy boxes for larger items if you not able to find free boxes.  Lowe’s small and medium moving boxes are really great quality and inexpensive.  You can build your box cost into the shipping price.

To make it easier, you can purchase with in store pickup. I also use Rakuten on these kinds of purchased to earn cash back.

How many moving boxes I keep on hand depends on how many large items I have listed. I generally keep at least of each size on hand all the time.

Reinforced tape is also really helpful for heavy packages.

Keep your shipping supplies organized

There is nothing worse than trying to find an item you’ve sold and realizing that you might not have it anymore. Organization is key in this business.

The same thing goes for shipping supplies. It’s a big waste of time to have to run to the store in the middle of packing because you don’t have the supplies you need. Be sure to keep a little of everything you might need on hand.

Related post: Best Shelves & Bins for Organizing Ebay Inventory

Check out this video where I show all the supplies & how I use them.

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Starting an ebay or etsy business and need shipping supplies? Here are my favorite shipping supplies for my ebay and etsy business.

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  1. Hello,

    Your link to a starter kit is out of date. Do you know of a good priced supplies starter kit I can buy?

    Thank you

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