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Shipping in plain brown paper…

Kraft paper, my newest best friend.

I’ve simplified a portion of my eBay shipping routine. If I’m sending something that is in its original packaging and the item is securely held with custom molded styrofoam within its box, I’ve started to just wrap the box in brown kraft paper, tape the bejeezus out of it and send it on its merry way to my eBay customer.

I don’t think putting a box like that inside of another box really provides very much extra protection. If I’m ever shipping an eBay item that is fragile (pronounced frah-gee-lay) I may go to the box-in-box strategy, but for many items I don’t think it’s necessary.

Plain brown paper.

You can get a roll of kraft paper at your local office supply for next to nothing. Make sure you tape over all your seams and reinforce the corners when you’re doing your wrapping job.

My biggest hurdle when I first used kraft paper to cover a box to ship an eBay sale was my innate inability to neatly wrap a box. I’ve gotten a little more proficient now with a few boxes under my belt (hmm, I don’t think I like that imagery). The key, I believe, is to go through the same steps every time. Successful wrapping is all about repetition, just like successful rapping.

And by next Christmas, the presents I wrap for my wife shouldn’t look like disasters under the tree.

All thanks to eBay.

Professor Layton and Luke are in the mail

Thanks are due to Professor Layton and free shipping.

I was able to sell both of my used Professor Layton Nintendo DS games on eBay for nearly $16 each including free shipping. That’s seems to be about their fair market value.

My worry was that they wouldn’t sell at all. When I first put them on eBay, I had them listed to ship for $4 and that decision buried them in eBay searches. Once I switched over to free shipping, the games jumped up in the search result pages and they started draw the interest of eBay shoppers.

Fortunately these games are very inexpensive to ship via the U.S. Post Office first class mail. Their cases do a great job protecting them, so I was able to just stuff them in envelopes and send them on their way for less than $2 in postage.

Now it’s time to see what other Nintendo DS games I have sitting around that I’m unlikely to play very much in the future and get them listed on eBay ASAP.

I have two “Brain Age” games. I’m sure I can live with just one of those.

My brain probably won’t know the difference.

Selling Professor Layton to the Highest Bidder

Okay, I admit it. I’m too timid to play those first person shooter games. Exploring odd lands with Professor Layton and his pal Luke on the Nintendo DS is more my speed.

When I got the latest Professor Layton game for Christmas—Professor Layton and the Unwound Future—I realized I had two other Professor Layton games sitting around that I would never use again.

With the exception of yesterday’s Racing Form, there aren’t many things more useless than an already-solved adventure-puzzle video game cartridge. I decided to see if there was a market for these on eBay.

It looks to me that a “like new” Professor Layton Nintendo DS game should bring about $15 on eBay. Fortunately I still have the boxes and manuals so I listed Professor Layton and the Curious Village and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box on eBay last night.

My wife suggested that I consider trading the cartridges in at a video game store, but frankly that’s only a good option for someone who buys a lot of video games. I buy fewer than one a year. And when a store gives you credit, it only costs them about 50 cents on the dollar since the retail price of their merchandise is about double their wholesale cost.

Video games are also easy to ship and that makes them simple to deal with on eBay. I’ll be able to slip my Nintendo DS games into an envelop and send them on their way for the same price via postal service first class mail to anywhere in the country.

Flat rate shipping is always a good thing on eBay and with video games sellers have virtually no risk shipping to domestic buyers.

Next, if I can remember this evening, I’ll have to see if I can sell my Brain Age games on eBay.