When it comes to packaging and shipping, it would behoove us not to forget about plastic packaging bags. These might seem like an inconsequential byproduct, but without them there wouldn’t be so much a point of packaging or shipping what we are trying to work with. For instance, those coffee beans you’ve invested your life savings into growing, you wouldn’t just throw a handful of beans in a box and send them on their way.
Can you imagine buying some supposed home-grown, one-of-a-kind, best-coffee-beans-in-the-world but they are just floating around in a box? No way! You would absolutely want to put them in a coffee bag. I suppose you’ve never thought of coffee bags as plastic packaging bags before, but they really are. At PackagingSupplies.com you can buy them in half-pound or one pound sizes, and in brown or white.
If you don’t think you need them because you aren’t mailing anything, think again. If you have a local coffee shop, you are still going to be selling those beans. I highly doubt you would want to be putting them in little sandwich baggies. I don’t think anyone would buy a specialized product like coffee beans if the proprietor didn’t take their product seriously enough to even package them appropriately. Or at least I wouldn’t. I’d buy a home-made rice krispies treat in a plastic baggie. Not so much some coffee beans.
How about the very opposite end of the spectrum: electronics. That is about as opposite as you can get from coffee beans, right? You need very specific plastic packaging bags for electronics. Once again, the throwing-in-a-box analogy: you don’t just throw circuit boards in a box and send them on their way. There would be no point in spending the money on shipping. You might as well just throw your money right into the trash can. You will absolutely want static shielding bags.
PackagingSupplies.com sells them open-ended, or ziploc style. These are a very cool addition to the family plastic packaging bags. Somehow, these bags are designed to not produce static electricity. Static electricity can easily damage sensitive material. At PackagingSupplies.com you can get the static shielding plastic packaging bags in really little (3 X 5) or in pretty big (14 X 18). That’s small enough for a watch, and big enough for a lap top.
I encourage you to invest in those seemingly inconsequential byproducts, so that your product can be treated the way it is meant to be treated, and can be sold the way it is meant to be sold. It’s a win/win.
I was recently talking about how packaging tape is more than just packaging tape. First I mentioned how “packaging tape” is just a general term. I followed it up by explaining how technically all tape can be used for packaging, but each kind of tape was created with a specific use in mind. Last time I used gaffers tape as my example. I said, “Take gaffers tape, for instance”. It is a premium grade, cloth tape, used to secure electric cords on stage floors, and it cannot be substituted with duct tape.
Both gaffers tape and duct tape could technically be referred to as packaging tape, but you cannot use duct tape in the place of gaffers tape because gaffers tape was made specifically for stages and/or show booths. If you use duct tape a sticky trail of residue will lead right to you. You know how when you duct tape the center consul closed, but then the duct tape winds up coming off eventually and there is a perfect patch of gum left that your arm sticks to every time you drive? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. It totally sucks. Gaffers tape could solve that problem for you. Or a new center consul. But I’m thinking that gaffers tape would be cheaper.
At the risk of lingering, again, on gaffers tape: consider aluminum tape! And no, I’m not pulling your leg. By now we know that aluminum pops up just about everywhere. It can be used to protect the sides of our houses; when molded into the correct form it can hold perfectly carbonated nectars from the heavens, and it is even being used to line wallets to stop hackers from reading the magnetic strips of our debit and credit cards. And yes, it’s even a tape! Most commonly, it is used to seal the seams and joints of metal ducting. We even used it on the aircraft we worked on in the military. We called it one-hundred-mile-per-hour tape because it was supposed to withstand some crazy type of resistance.
First of all, if you look for one-hundred-mile-per-hour tape on Amazon they will show you heavy duty duct tape, so one of us got it wrong. Second, whatever the meaning behind the nickname, it was a gross exaggeration, therefore it was perfect for a military nickname. All the same, we wound up with a roll of aluminum tape when we moved back home, and we used it around the edges of the window units when our main air conditioner went out. Not only does it mold well, it could withstand the humidity from outstand, and it didn’t begin to curl at the edges or peel away until the kids started messing with it (“Oooh, shiny!”). And yeah, I guess you could probably use it for packaging tape too.
One of the things I appreciate most about buying shipping boxes wholesale is that I don’t have to worry about running out of boxes in the middle of the packing process. I have moved houses and states, and yes, even countries, multiple times, and I start getting cotton-mouth and heavy-breathing when my boxes start getting low. Somehow we never leave ourselves enough time to get done what we need to get done.
Most of that is because it’s just plain inconvenient to pack up your house! I mean, you still have to live there and function every single minute up until you actually officially move out. So we don’t really think we are as far behind as we are until, well…we are! I hate that feeling. I mean, it just really sucks. Somehow it always makes my bones hurt, and it makes me feel like giving up. It makes me feel like the amazing adventure that is about to come, that I am actually living through, is just plain ruining my life.
I remember those times of stashing boxes for weeks in advance, for asking all of my friends to save any boxes (as a side note, shoe boxes and coffee maker boxes never really do any good. Can you imagine packing a whole house in super small boxes? Talk about nightmare!). Finally, when everyone was completely wrung dry, I would start buying them. At the Uhaul store I was absolutely appalled to see their prices. You would think that they would offer shipping boxes wholesale…not so much. Even in my desperate state I left with zero boxes, and that is not a good feeling for the mover. I wound up finding decent prices and decent sizes at Lowes.
The problem, though, was that I wound up going back multiple times, and spent about twenty bucks. Don’t think that’s a big deal? If I had just taken myself to PackagingSupplies.com (if I had even known about it), I could have gotten an entire bundle of twenty-five for the same price. I even went to Wal-Mart and bought a few extra plastic totes! I could have avoided all of that stress (So. Much. Stress.)
just by being ahead of the game and ordering the shipping boxes wholesale from PackagingSupplies.com. Now that’s where it’s at! Don’t believe me? I dare you to try it. I triple dog dare you.
You heard me. There is actually some ch- ch- ching in cheap cardboard boxes. And by ch- ch- ching I hope that you understand I’m talking about money. Okay, so unless you are actually selling the boxes you won’t be making money, but by buying boxes at the best price you will be saving money (which is a disguised way of making it, if you ask me). The more we can save on something the more cash we can free up to save on something else to free up to save on something to free up… You get my point. And if you don’t need the cash that you save to buy something else to save on, you can just stick those sweet, delicious nuggets in your savings account and make it nice and fat for those days when you aren’t going to feel like earning more revenue. So, you see, saving money really is making money after all.
I mention all of this because you can start by saving with some cheap cardboard boxes. Please don’t misunderstand: I didn’t say crappy cardboard boxes, I said cheap cardboard boxes. At PackagingSupplies.com they actually offer products of amazing quality at amazing prices. This is a company that knows all about competitive marketing and sales. I mean, where else can you buy a bundle of fifty boxes for less than twenty bucks? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
How is this even possible? Well, obviously somewhere along the line PackagingSupplies.com is saving their own money, and passing on the good fortune and opportunity to the rest of us; which is in turn making them more money while providing us with a superior product at inferior prices. It really is the circle of finance. The more money you have, the more money you have! And you can actually start down this path for yourself by saving with cheap cardboard boxes, which is just a friendly way of saying ‘shipping and packaging supplies at wholesale prices’.
Do the math. Order some cheap cardboard boxes from PackagingSupplies.com. Calculate how much you saved compared to where else you could have gotten them, or where you usually get them. Then keep doing that, and before you know it, you will have wound up paying for an entire order just from the savings alone. So, in all actuality, you will have wound up making money by placing an order. Subway, you suggest? How about we settle for a group hug and keep growing that stash. That’s right, don’t be shy, bring it in.
immediately going on and on and it took me a full fifteen minutes to get her to realize that I couldn’t hear her, because apparently the speaker had been smudged over with mustard. If you have ever tried to have a conversation through mustard, or a condiment of any kind, then you know that one person winds up not being able to understand a single thing. Once I had gotten my great-aunt to settle down and finish her sandwich, I was able to get to the bottom of things. Apparently she was very concerned because she had to order some custom shipping boxes but one of her dogs had run away and turned up in South Dakota. She absolutely needed to go and retrieve her retriever, but she absolutely needed to restock her custom shipping boxes. She would be far behind in orders if she waited until she got back. Could I, would I, please place the order for her?
How hard it could it be?
Sure, I said. Go to PackagingSupplies.com, she told me, and scroll through the custom shipping boxes. She told me which ones she needed, and how many. We hung up the phone. You might be wondering what I did next. Well, I went to PackagingSupplies.com, and I scrolled through the custom shipping boxes.
It’s a good thing that my great-aunt from Maine told me exactly what she wanted; there were so many options I could have ordered her boxes big enough to put a body inside of, or boxes to put her sandwiches in. She wanted one case of the clear white lid boxes, size 7 X 5 ½ X 1, which includes cotton filler, and comes one hundred pieces to a case. Be careful not to forget the stretch loops, she had hollered as we were hanging up. The what? I had hollered back. The elastic ties, she clarified. I probably would have figured out that she needed these on my own, since the link to the ‘stretch loops’ was right next to the one for the boxes, which was a handy marketing choice, if you ask me. So I ordered three bundles of the ten-inch decorative gold elastic ties. Order complete. Easy as one, two, three. Literally.
When my great-aunt returned to her home in Maine, after hunting down her hound dog in the bayous of Louisiana (are you sure I said a retriever from South Dakota?), she was able to jump right back into business. She had everything on hand just as if she had done it herself. Which she could have if she owned a smart phone, or a tablet of some kind, instead of insisting on sticking to the contraption still attached to her wall. I’m pretty sure it was Alexander Graham Bell’s first model.