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Shipping Boxes for online sales

The Exhibitionist

Grumbler in Training
Hello,
I'm going to sell my canvas prints and framed prints online, and I am looking for opinions as to what size, thickness and type of shipping boxes that you would recommend.

Has anyone used those flat cardboard inserts with tabs, that wrap around the print and holds the print in the middle of the carton?

Could I get away with using three or four different sized cartons, or is it better to fabricate my own custom for each print?

Also what thickness carton do you recommend? 2,3,4 inches?

Thanks a lot.

-John
 
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cvm

PFG, Picture Framing God
If you're in the testing phase, you may be better off fabricating your own custom box for each sale. Wait until you have some data on the sizes that sell before investing in stock of corrugated boxes. With a little practice you should be able to build a box, pack it, seal it and label it in about 5 minutes. If you're not shipping glass it's pretty easy to do. Later, depending on the sizes you need and the amount you order at a time, you may be better off having boxes made to your specs rather than buying bulk FOL's from Uline, etc.
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
Keep in mind that everything is dimensional weight now so the thickness is important. It is the biggest incremental factor for a shipping box. Shipping a frame from me in PA to WA with a 36x5x30 is $12 more expensive for me than shipping the same in a 36x3x30.

The majority of all FOLs from uline are 5" thick so after you get some experience and determine the sizes you need, you will most like get them custom made. I get most of mine made locally and have found the best prices are for quantities of at least 250.
 

The Exhibitionist

Grumbler in Training
Thanks to all for giving me your input on the shipping boxes.
I am thinking for now, probably best top make my own custom sizes from scratch, so as not to have stale inventory kicking around.
Cheers!
-John
 

wvframer

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
A no-longer-top-notch glass cutter wheel makes a great way to score the cardboard for folding. I have a Fletcher wall-mounted cutter and can make a pretty accurately designed box from flat cardboard in less than 5 minutes.
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
I have one of these for sizing boxes but I can't find a link anywhere to buy one. There are other similar ones out there.

 
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