How to Properly Pack a Comic for Shipping
This week, Mr Brian Wood talks to us about his technique to pack comics. Thanks Brian!!!
You often hear about people buying comics online and they are eager to receive their purchase only to be let down when it arrives because of how poorly the comic was packed. Some sellers package their comics so poorly it leaves little room for it to successfully navigate its way to the recipient without being damaged. This article is to help guide those who are not sure how to pack a comic correctly. This is not the only way, but it has worked for me. I buy precut cardboard and mailers. You don’t have to do this, you can use materials from comics you had shipped to you already. Just make sure you use cardboard thick enough to protect the comic while in transit. I always receive positive feedback and it almost always mentions how great the comic was packed. So let’s get started.
- Comic you are shipping (Bagged and Boarded)
- (2) Thick pieces of corrugated cardboard (slightly Larger than the comic you are shipping)
- (1) Cardboard Mailer
- Scotch Tape
- Packing Tape
- (1) Marker i.e. Sharpie
Place the bagged and boarded comic on one of the sheets of corrugated cardboard. I will add another comic board to the front of the comic to add more protection.
Using scotch tape or painters tape (Do not use packing tape!), tape the comic to the piece of cardboard at the top, bottom, and both sides. Scotch tape peels off rather easily. Packing tape could ruin the comic bag and be a pain to take off.
Place the second piece of corrugated cardboard over the comic. Use four (4) pieces of packing tape (Painters tape can be used here as well) to tape the top, bottom, and both sided. (HINT: Fold one end of each of the four pieces slightly to create pull tabs. This makes it easy for the recipient to pull the tape off and they will thank you for it)
Place the cardboard protected comic in your cardboard mailer and secure it with packing tape.
Stamp the package with “Do Not Bend” or write it on the package in multiple visible areas on the front and back of the package. Finally, tape or stick your mailing label on the package and you’re ready to ship! (HINT: If mailing multiple comics, write a brief name on the package where you are going to put the shipping label so you can remember which comic is which when you go to print out your shipping labels. It’s quicker to pack all comics at once than pack up one, print out the label, then pack the next comic)
There you have it, a quick and well protected way to pack your comic for shipping. As I said at the beginning of this article, this is just one of many ways there are to pack a comic while ensuring it is protected. A single comic packed this way weighs between 9-11 ounces and ships First Class Mail around $3.40. So now you know!