Who keeps the box once they buy something? House space is limited, and who wants a box sitting around on the slight chance you might use it months from now? But “now” arrives, and you need to ship electronics somewhere and you threw the box in the recycling. What’re you to do? No problem, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re returning something defective, sending something back for a warranty fix, or shipping something to an eBay auction winner, here’s your plan of attack for repackaging electronics.
Start with a Corrugated Box
An obvious tactic, sure, but an important one. Grab a quality corrugated box, one that’s sized to house your electronics item properly while not letting it bounce around once packed up. Go for a new, undamaged box if you can, and use water activated tape to assemble it. It’ll instantly bond to the corrugated box and create a strong, secure and tamper-evident seal.
Use Anti-Static Bubble
Bubble cushion is great for repackaging electronics. All those little air-filled cells help absorb and cushion any shock the device might suffer. But static electricity is always a risk when shipping electronics, which is why using anti-static bubble cushion is something we recommend. It helps to prevent or dissipate any discharge from happening. Plus, it’s pink, which gives it some great packaging personality.
When buying anti-static bubble cushion, you have some interesting format options:
- Rolls are bulk lengths of bubble cushion that are ideal for high-volume packing operations. Depending on your preference (or project needs), the roll can be perforated for easy tearing of the bubble when you need it.
- Dispenser Boxes are great for mobility and ease-of-use. Housing a roll of pre-measured, perforated bubble, all you need to do is reach in and pull out what you want. Thanks to pre-cut handholds, the dispenser box can be moved around from table to table, or location to location, as necessary.
- Bags are pre-formed little envelopes/pouches. If you’re shippin g multiple electronic components, put each in their own bubble bag and you’re all set for shipping. Some bubble bags even come with peel-and-seal adhesive strips for a quick, secure closure.
Use Anti-Static Foam
Foam is another great alternative for repackaging electronics. Its smoothness helps avoid cosmetic damage by preventing marring or scratching of a product’s surface. The anti-static version, much like its bubble cushion counterpart, helps to prevent or dissipate any static discharge.Also like its bubble counterpart, it’s beautifully pink and available in sheets, rolls, dispenser boxes and foam pouches.
Finish it off with the H-Tape Method
Keeping moisture and dust out of your shipment is important. Once you’re done with repackaging electronics in a new box, grab your water activated tape and do what’s called the H-tape method. Not only do you seal up where the two flaps join once closed, you need 2 extra strips to cover up their exposed sides. Done right, it’ll greatly help repel moisture, dirt and even sunlight.
That shipment is looking mighty fine. We daresay you’ve got a knack for repackaging electronics, and all those other resellers out there had better watch out. If you can, get a tracking number from your shipper of choice, as it’ll keep parties on both sides at ease during the delivery trip. Have fun doing what you’re doing, and when it’s time to restock, The Packaging Company is here for you.