The following is how I pack a Yunomi for shipment. I’ve been packing and shipping my ceramic works throughout the country and around the world since I started selling online in 1996. To date, I have only had one piece break out of the 1000’s of pieces shipped, a record that I am quite proud of.
I generally ship Domestic via USPS Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, which costs an addition $.75, but is well worth it. I ship International via USPS First-Class Mail International Parcel. This is the best international option for content values below $400.00 and packages weighing up to 4 pounds. There is no tracking or delivery confirmation and packages arrive anywhere in the world, generally within 5-14 business days.
I wrap the Yunomi in a double layer of tissue paper, secured with scotch tape.
Next, I wrap the cup in bubble wrap. I prefer the small bubbles as they protect much better. I also include one of my business cards. Note: Wrap so that the bubbles are inside and the smooth side is out, the tape sticks much better.
Next, I cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the interior dimensions of the box, in this case, 6″ x 6″. I secure the tissue and bubble wrapped Yunomi to the center of the cardboard with packing tape.
Next, I fill the box with about 2″ of recycled and biodegradable “loose fill” cushioning material.
Next, I insert the cup into the box, notice how the cardboard keeps the cup centered in the box, this is important.
Next, I add more packing material and compress it to firmly protect all sides of the piece.
Next, I slightly over-fill the remainder of the box with packing material that will be compressed when the box is closed.
Next, I tape across the lid in both directions and I tape all exposed edges with the packing tape. When properly packed all sides of the box will be solid with no soft spots.
All ready to go….I put a layer of the clear packing tape over the address label to protect it from moisture. I also add Priority Mail and Fragile stickers. I often wonder if the fragile notices do any good, but I do think it makes an impression on the receiver’s end.
I love my tape gun…..