There is a golden rule that a surprising amount of people don’t realise when it comes to sending parcels: it’s all about striking the balance between the size and the weight. Just because you’re sending a tiny parcel, it doesn’t mean you will be paying next to nothing to send it if it is very heavy, and equally a large box won’t necessarily mean paying a fortune if you’re only sending pillows.
When you’re thinking about how you will package your items, think about the best way to fit them into as small a space as possible. In a way, it is like Tetris – if you can slot things together and utilise all the space in a box effectively, you can keep costs down. The larger the parcel, the more you will pay for the size. For example, if you are posting two new pairs of shoes, by simply doing away with the shoeboxes you can save a lot of space and fit both pairs into the equivalent space of one box.
If you’re sending multiple items, it may well end up costing less to send your items in separate small boxes, as very large boxes will come with a premium postage cost to match as they are difficult to transport and deliver. Lots of small items may require a massive box to send in one package, but by splitting this into more manageable parcels you might be able to reduce your packaging costs.
Also make sure you’re not using a box too big for what you’re actually sending. This can push the cost up even though you’re not using all the space inside, which is a waste of money. Find a box into which the item fits as well as possible to only spend the money necessary to send the parcel.