TIPS FOR SELLING & POSTING PAPERWEIGHTS & GLASS
Our aim should be to provide well packaged, safe, reliable, and ECONOMIC delivery of an item to the buyer.
Check glass thoroughly for dings, bruises, fractures and scratches and disclose any faults when selling. This shows your integrity and avoids those nasty requests for discounts, compensation or returns.
Try to get a clear top, side & bottom photo. When taking a photo of a signature on glass, tilt the area towards a light source until it acts as a mirror and then take the photo. It will show the signature in relief. It takes a bit of practice but is worth it. If the fees for listing more than 1 photo on an auction site are a problem, you can then use Publisher or a photo editor and combine photos into one picture.
Postage anywhere in Australia can be simplified by using 500g or 3kg satchels which can also be sent registered post. This will satisfy PayPal’s requirements on delivery if you use them as a payment option. Wrap your glass in bubble wrap and stick in a box or tube that will fit into either stachel, watching the weight. Keep old satchels at home to test size with. Get an up to date copy of Aust Posts “Post Charges” booklet and the simplified A4 “Regular parcel charges within Australia” sheet and have a cheap set of kitchen scales to guide you while packing. Of course some parcels fit outside those guidlines, but still be guided by trying to offer the safest and most economical post you can. Only charge a minimum packing fee, if at all, as you can always find used material for free that will do the job nicely. Always mark your return address clearly on parcels in case of delivery failure.
Offering free post in an auction or sale can be a great selling point, but you need to factor the cost into your asking price. Satchels helps negate the variation of the different postal areas in Australia.
Postal calculators can be added to an auction such as eBay, but requesting overseas buyers to give their destination and preferences before bidding, allows you to give an accurate postage quote so they can bid with confidence. Remember that articles to the US over 500g and all ECI and EPI services will be subject to an additional $9 security surcharge and may face transit delays of up to 48 hours.
Most paperweights are quite solid and there are some easy ways to pack them to fit a satchel etc. Cardboard tubes of any description cut to size, padded bags, empty clean food tins, plastic takeaway containers, the cheap gift boxes from Go Lo etc, all make sturdy containers. Wrap first in tissue, then bubblewrap, put in the container and test size in the satchel. Obviously the lighter the better, but paperweights, when cushioned properly, are most resilient to postal damage. For larger glass or more fragile items, use the same process but add paper or foam peanuts around the bubblewrap item as padding or a cushion. Use fragile stickers on the more damagable glass items, but they offer no guarantee. Registered post at least provides some insurance against damage.