eBay Packaging Donut Sticks

Cheap vs. Business Savvy

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I’m all for re-using. I’ve talked about how re-selling fits into the whole green idea. Finite resources on the planet, more and more cheap crap all over the place, everything’s replaceable and not made to last… It’s bleak. We need to do our best however we can.

As someone with a side hustle / (very) small business, there definitely is a line that can be crossed though, and I think that an eBay seller that I recently bought from went from being business savvy and green over to the cheap side!

I ordered a little outfit for my daughter this past week off of eBay. It was shipped quickly, and I didn’t think much of it. I went to the mailbox, and saw a gray poly bag. Turns out that was an order from Zulily for my wife.

My order was underneath the poly bag…

eBay Packaging Donut Sticks

Yes, you’re looking at a Donut Sticks box being used to ship eBay sales. And no, I won’t give you any points for creativity.

The outfit was $12 (it was an NFL cheerleading outfit sized 3T) and had free shipping. But is this what I get for free shipping?

Using food boxes? That seems cheap.

On top of this, inside the outfit was put in a plastic bag, but it was one of those newspaper bags. I was on the fence about buying some of these (or the bread ones from Walmart) just to try them out, but man it felt flimsy. I’m going to stick with my stronger ones even if they’re a bit more expensive.

This transaction has made me a lot more cognizant of how I come across towards a buyer. I think that looking semi professional really goes a long way.

I don’t put in a packing slip, but I do pack all of my items in plastic bags (when they fit) and put on my little “thank you” sticker. You want the transaction to feel professional but personal, and I think I’ve found a happy middle ground.

But let’s get down to the question that I know all of you are asking.

Did the outfit smell like donuts?

Nope. It didn’t.

The outfit did have a musty smell, but hey, I’m getting a used outfit off of eBay. I’m going to wash it before putting it on my daughter!

I still gave the guy good feedback. Although I won’t ever ship something in a box like this, I received my undamaged item, and it was in good condition.

I’ll also keep re-using boxes like the ones I get from a Craigslist lady. I have to use a marker to cover some of the descriptions of the previous item (storage conditions and chemical names for a pharmaceutical company), but these are thick double walled boxes that I can get on the cheap! If he had sent me the item in the box that these Donut Sticks were shipped in, I wouldn’t have batted an eyelash!

Comments 16

  1. eeek….I think that is a little far, although I have gotten an item or two that way on Ebay. I reuse bubble and polymailers, but I have never used a food container.

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      Right? As an eBay seller, I had to laugh. The crazy thing is this person has almost 5,000 feedback!!!

  2. Excellent post about how we appear to our buyers. I appreciate the time it took for you to share this information. I love to recycle boxes but I’ll stay away from cereal boxes, etc. Question: Would you please share about this: “I’ll also keep re-using boxes like the ones I get from a Craigslist lady.” Would love to see them. And maybe I’ll start looking at Craigslist more often. Do you sell on Craigslist? Do you purchase items from long distances on Craigslist?

    I’m a fairly new follower of your blog and maybe you answered these questions already.

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      I’ve never posted about the boxes before. I happened to do a search on Craigslist for boxes one random day and she had a classified for them. I’ll do a post in the future, but I mostly only use Craigslist for looking up garage sales. I love the cash side but I don’t like the time commitment involved away from the house that’s outside of my normal routine. I’m a morning person and am generally home by 5pm. I do most of my listing/shipping in the morning. You’re giving me some good ideas for future posts. 🙂

  3. I once received sterling salt and pepper shakers wrapped in newspaper and in a granola bar box. They were damaged. (of course). No some things are not cool. I’m all for recycling…but things can go too far.

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      Those are breakables! I used to use newspaper when I started, but now I try to use bubble wrap with some of the moving paper as filler.

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      Looks like I’m not the only one! If I had to do that, I’d at least tape the entire thing so it had a plastic outer shell.

  4. This is beyond the pale in my opinion. I reuse boxes, bubble wrap, peanuts, etc – but a food box? No, just no… (shakes head)

    Sellers that ship like that give Ebay a bad name. I would have left negative DSR’s for packaging, and mentioned it in the feedback, even if I left a positive feedback.

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      I thought about sending them a message. I don’t want to be rude but I also don’t want buyers to think this is normal.

  5. I just sent out some shoes and I was out of shoe boxes so I sent them in a coffee box from Sams (it had those pods in in) I didn’t think it looked very professional so I wrapped the whole thing in brown paper AND I sent a note apologizing for the weird box. She sent me a message saying that she had to laugh at my note, she wasn’t bothered by the box at all but she appreciated my brown wrapping job and my note. Sometimes it helps to explain 🙂

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      LOL! That’s the difference though, you took the time to apologize to the buyer and let them know how ridiculous it all was. Also, the coffee box isn’t as bad to me. Maybe it’s because it’s not really a perishable? Either way, you did the right thing by sending the note!

  6. I’m all for recycling, and I’m known for picking up free boxes where I can, however, I would not use a box that was previously used for food. You were a kind and generous buyer. I probably would’ve still left positive feedback since the item arrived safely, but I might have sent a message to the seller about the way it was packaged. In any case, I’m sure your daughter is going to look adorable in the outfit 🙂

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      She does look great in the outfit. That’s why I gave good feedback. Maybe they are setting the bar nice and low for all of us more thoughtful sellers?

  7. I too am all about recycling and being green. But that’s looks awful. I honestly would be embarrassed to ship that. I ALWAYS reuse boxes, just not those kinds of boxes. LOL

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