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Best Way to Ship a Blazer or Sport Coat

Best Way to Ship a Blazer or Sport Coat

aragorn4692
Adventurer

Hi there, I don't ship a lot of clothes (not really my specialty).  But I have two quite nice mens sport coats to sell.

 

However, these strike me as being easy to get thrashed if they're not shipped well.  And I'm kind of a fanatic about safe, secure shipping on my items.


What is a good best practice to ship such a thing without it getting bent, wrinkled, etc?

 

Thanks!

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in reply to Aug 29, 2013 6:39:39 PM
mupcycledcouture
Trailblazer

The only way to send them without them getting wrinkled is in a box. However I send mine in tyvek envelopes routinely and have never had a damage issue. I doulbe bag all my items. they go into a clear plastic bag and then into the Tyvek mailing bag. 

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in reply to Aug 29, 2013 6:57:58 PM
purplepandaresale
Trailblazer

I would use a region A box (just choose the 2lb priority shipping rate for the postage price in ebay) and fold them with some tissue, bag them and put them in a box.

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forum_use_id
Trailblazer

You can actually select Regional Rate box A if shipping from ebay. No weight required. I do it all the time for shipping shoes.

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in reply to Aug 29, 2013 7:39:47 PM
coolbeansjamaica
Enthusiast

Thanks!  I'll use the "Bag it, then Box it" method recommended.

 

And I can't believe I'm asking this question after a year of selling on Ebay... but here goes...

 

What exactly is a Regional Rate Box?  I was always scared off by the description because I assumed you had to use it to ship to certain regions.  And since I didn't know where my buyer would be from, I've never used it.

 

I've always used Parcel Select, Priority Mail, or Fed Ex.  Never Regional Rate Box.

 

Am I missing the boat?

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in reply to Aug 29, 2013 7:55:20 PM
designeratdiscount
Thrill-Seeker

Regional Rate is flat-rate based on zone (not weight).

 

If you are shipping nearby, Regional Rate A is sometimes cheaper than Flat Rate Envelope. You have to order them from USPS - they are free - but most local offices do not keep them in stock.

 

If you are shipping across the country, regular Priority in a plain box is likely cheaper than Regional Rate. Just go to USPS website and do calculate a price and try a few different zip codes to check the rate.

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in reply to Aug 29, 2013 8:02:03 PM
Rockstar
Last Edited 08:05:11 PM

Hi aragorn. I find the secret is in the folding and then packing it in something that minimizes the amount it can move around.

 

I can get some blazers into a flat rate bubble mailer, but there's a pricepoint at which a buyer may think that it looks bad, even though it's perfectly safe.  So I favor the Region A box.

 

When listing, just set your weight for 2 pounds and the calculator will be okay for when you go to ship in a region A box.

 

You have to order the boxes online at USPS.  If you haven't order online before, you have to create an account (it's free).  Go to SHOP and Order Supplies and then select Priority  (not flat rate)    You can get flat rate bubble mailers online too.

 

Shipping is free.

 

It's a great bargain.

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in reply to Aug 29, 2013 8:19:27 PM
rio_dreamer
Scout

Suggest the bag and box also.

 

When you go to USPS I would suggest that you order Regional A and Regional B. And while you are at it you could get some Padded Mailers too, they are always handy to have.

 

And if you end up with more boxes or mailers than you need you can always leave them at the local Post office., Someone will find them and be happy to have them

 

Also, with the blazer (or coat) it's a good idea to turn them inside out before packing them. Minimizes wear from rubbing.

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in reply to Aug 29, 2013 8:21:25 PM
coolbeansjamaica
Enthusiast

Interesting comment from city*satins about certain packaging that "looks bad."  The other day, I sold a pair of brand new jeans with tags and they were big & tall (sz 50 waist).  So I had to roll them tight as a sausage and stuff them into a padded mailer. I kind of felt bad and I hoped he wouldn't mind having new jeans rolled up tight - but I figured what harm could be done to jeans?

 

I ended up getting great, positive feedback on the item but it did make me feel a bit uncomfortable while I was doing it.  Smiley Happy

 

I'm totally in tune with the USPS free boxes/envelopes.  I love it!  But I've never ordered the Regional Boxes.  That will change now - I'll give them a try!

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in reply to Aug 30, 2013 1:20:20 AM
chapeau-noir
Guide

coolbeansjamaica wrote:

Interesting comment from city*satins about certain packaging that "looks bad."  The other day, I sold a pair of brand new jeans with tags and they were big & tall (sz 50 waist).  So I had to roll them tight as a sausage and stuff them into a padded mailer. I kind of felt bad and I hoped he wouldn't mind having new jeans rolled up tight - but I figured what harm could be done to jeans?

 

I ended up getting great, positive feedback on the item but it did make me feel a bit uncomfortable while I was doing it.  Smiley Happy

 

I'm totally in tune with the USPS free boxes/envelopes.  I love it!  But I've never ordered the Regional Boxes.  That will change now - I'll give them a try!


There's a big difference between simple jeans, and a sport coat with tailoring, interfacing and a full lining.  No one, really, cares if jeans are crammed into a padded envelope, they're only jeans and they're grateful for the economical shipping.  A tailored garment is another matter.  I use regional As a lot, but live on the coast and shipping from here is prohibitive without using every single option available.

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in reply to Aug 30, 2013 8:41:19 AM
highworld
Thrill-Seeker

The accepted "best way" if you don't do the volume to invest in specialized packaging, is actually pretty ugly.

 

It involves turning the the whole jacket inside out and shoving one shoulder up inside the other to start.

 

I forget what all after that, but there are a bunch of videos of it on youtube.

 

Kevin


I got a girl she lives on the block,
She kinda funky with her pink and black socks.
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in reply to Aug 30, 2013 8:06:56 PM
delilah9847
Trailblazer
Mybsport jackets go in a small gift box then in the flat rate padded env. Fits PERFECT! Smiley Very Happy
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delilah9847
Trailblazer
*my sport* sry! (Smartphones pshhh)
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in reply to Aug 30, 2013 8:29:08 PM
chapeau-noir
Guide

delilah9847 wrote:
Mybsport jackets go in a small gift box then in the flat rate padded env. Fits PERFECT! Smiley Very Happy

Do you mean sport coats (i.e., like suit coats or blazer type tailoring) or warmup jackets?  Way different. The sport coats are way bulkier.

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in reply to Aug 30, 2013 8:31:08 PM
highworld
Thrill-Seeker

delilah9847 wrote:
Mybsport jackets go in a small gift box then in the flat rate padded env. Fits PERFECT! Smiley Very Happy

I can't make heads or tails of these smileys.

 

I need one of a guy having an aneurysm and his eyeball blowing out.

 

Do they have to put it in water when they get it to expand it?

 

 

Kevin


I got a girl she lives on the block,
She kinda funky with her pink and black socks.
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in reply to Aug 30, 2013 8:39:36 PM
delilah9847
Trailblazer
Lol!!
Yes. Like a blazer. I do believe OP Was referring to a blazer/sport coat.
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in reply to Aug 30, 2013 8:47:01 PM
delilah9847
Trailblazer
Thicker materials like wool could be tricky though.
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in reply to Aug 30, 2013 8:55:20 PM
chapeau-noir
Guide

OK, I wasn't sure if the subject had expanded and you were talking about warmup sport jacket or sport coat.  The only way I can see getting a sport coat into a flat rate envelope is with a tire iron and a bucket of axle grease.  I did get an unlined 3X cord jean jacket into a PFRE once, but I crammed it into a 2 gal ziplock and then at on it - it looked liked freeze dried clothing, then I muscled it in.  The DH was calling me Cramzilla.  My buyer was super happy though - most other people wanted $11 to ship one and I got hers to her for $5.50.

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in reply to Aug 31, 2013 4:34:08 AM
homecomforts
Trailblazer

I agree with ordering Regional A boxes for this type of item. I double bag a lot and send many items in a tyvek or padded flat rate. But you might want to go the extra mile with these sports jackets as you mention they are "quite nice".

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in reply to Aug 31, 2013 5:43:59 AM
wardrobe*oxygen
Trailblazer

Its takes less than 30 seconds to turn a jacket in half and then shove one shoulder inside the other.  The RRA boxes can be a tight fit on jackets, depth wise.

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