If you're a business owner who wants to start shipping trading cards, you're in for a world of fun. But before you can begin packing and shipping your product, there are a few things you need to know. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process of shipping trading cards and provide some helpful tips along the way. So whether you're new to the game or a seasoned pro, read on for all the information you need to ship your trading cards like a pro!
Cardholders Are Useful
We suggest Card Saver brand cardholders when securing standard-sized cards, notably the Card Saver 1. You don't have to use Card Savers for all of your cards, and we recommend it for the more costly ones. Card Saver 1 keeps cards in place and prevents them from falling out. They're also tiny and light, sparing you money on shipping expenses due to weight and size.
Support, Soften, And Shield Through Stacking, Supporting, And Cushioning
If you're using Card Savers, arrange the complete set of cards you want to send and attach the exterior of the pile with robust support like stiff cardboard or foam core boards. Rubber bands, adhesive tape, or plastic wrap can attach the supports.
Never use tape in locations where the card may come into touch with the holder. Your cards will be damaged if you use tape or even other adhesives!
Cover Your 9-Pocket Pages With Plastic
If you're seeding partial or entire sets, you can put them in 9 pocket pages if that's how you keep them now. On the other hand, Cards can slip off the pages and be destroyed while shipping. We suggest wrapping and securing your nine pocket sheets to prevent the cards from sliding or slipping out. Plastic wrap performs incredibly effectively when covering a pile of pages.
Make Use Of Card Storage Bins
You can also use card storage boxes to send partial and entire sets, as well as more significant amounts. Such card storage boxes are available in amounts ranging from 100 to 800 cards and bulk packs containing 3200 and 5000 cards. In the containers, cards should be kept safe. To avoid shifting or motion during shipment, use packing materials.
Choosing The Right Shipping Container
Finally, choose a mailing box that is the right size for the card(s) you want to send. Add foam packaging peanuts, plastic wrap, or other lightweight packaging material to encircle your cards inside the box if necessary. This will assist in preventing movement while in transportation and safeguard the goods from the majority of external impacts.
If you're shipping storage containers, choose an exterior box that'll hold up to the contents and wrap them in security on all sides, such as the top and bottom.
Place the storage box within a secure box such as this one. Add your name, postal address, or any other relevant contact details and any stock lists you might also have.
Cover the box with adhesive tape or send it, add your mailing labels, mail/ship it, and you're done! Congrats on shipping your collection safely and securely.
The Core Principle Is To Add Signature Confirmation!
When delivering a box to a dealer or even another buyer, whether you use the United States Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service (UPS), or Federal Express (FedEx), you should include signature confirmation to guarantee that the carrier gets the product and the receiver signs for it. This creates a paper record that shows who got it and when and ensures that the courier did not simply leave it on an unsecured doorstep, porch, or depot.
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Now that you know the basics of shipping trading cards, it's time to put your knowledge into practice. Remember to always use a sturdy box and packing material, and be sure to package the cards securely so they don't get damaged in transit. If you need help with fulfillment, our team at Simpl is here to help. Contact us today for more information, and we'll be happy to walk you through the process step by step.
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