I hope you’re here because you’ve begun selling your very own t-shirts to customers online! Whether you’ve got an Etsy Store, a Shopify powered site, your own website, you’re selling through Facebook, or simply by word of mouth, it’s so exciting to see those first orders coming in, isn’t it!! Even just a sale a day can buoy the spirits in the beginning.
Once the orders start coming in, one of the things you must think about and organize is how to package and send your products to the customer. You might be tempted to think it’s not important, that it’s the product inside that counts, right?
You’ll never be as big as Apple with that attitude! Steve Jobs was famous for his obsession over Apple product packaging. Apple even has a secret division of the company devoted just to opening boxes and perfecting the customer’s experience from the first initial contact – because it does matter!
With our packaging budget, we might not be able to generate quite the same user experience as Apple has with their customers, but we can start taking steps in the right direction – that’s what this article is about.
We want to give you some cheap packaging ideas for your t-shirts: affordable but beautiful packaging for women, and some more masculine ideas for the menswear items you’re posting.
Packaging No Nos
The simplest, easiest, cheapest way to wrap or package for posting is generally a no no. I suppose the finest example of this would be to simply do nothing – to place your t-shirt straight into a postal bag and send her off.
A step above this might be to whack your garment into a clear poly mailer, and then into your postage bag. At least you’ve given it some thought and bought some mailer bags, right?
Perhaps most of your customers wouldn’t think twice about it, but what you’re missing out on in these instances, is the chance for them to think something good.
Instead of leaving them unaffected, affect them. Give them something to remember.
Packaging Yes Yes’s
Even a small amount of effort can go a long way and give a great impression. This might be as simple as using colorful, printed poly mailers. It might include adding an attractive business card. You might use some tissue paper.
It will depend on the demographic which you’re selling to – men, women, young and old all tend to have different preferences in packaging. Floral mailers, for example, are probably best suited to females!
Packaging Ideas For Women’s T-Shirts
Here are some vibrant poly wrappers for sale on Amazon that your customers will love! Most of these come in packs of 100 and work out costing between 10 and 15 cents each. Many of these designs are available in different sizes, such as 10×13 or 6×9, for example.
10×13 Pineapple Designer Poly Mailers
10×13 Blue Paisley Poly Mailers
10×13 Cute Bunnies Hare Poly Mailers
10×13 Blue & Green Peacock Designer Bubble Poly Mailers
10×13 Summer Fruits Designer Poly Mailers
And many of these poly mailer sellers have many other designs for you to choose from. Some of them are so cute! The beautiful designs and vibrant colors will make a huge impression on your buyers.
T-Shirt Packaging Ideas For Men
Poly mailers for men are a bit scarcer, but there are a few out there – have a look at these:
10×13 Fire-water Designer Shipping Envelopes
10×13 Red, White, & Blue Stars and Stripes Designer Poly Mailers
10×13 Geometric Print Colored Shipping Envelopes
10×13 Black Poly Mailers
It is a good idea to keep in mind how protected your product will be during shipping as well. It might get beat up a bit by couriers. Either the interior or exterior packaging should be in bubble wrap for extra protection. Many of the above poly mailers are available in bubble packaging as well, you just need to follow the links to the sellers and view the rest of their selection.
Tissue Paper & Twine
Another way you might like to package your parcels is with tissue paper and twine. This is another way to add value to your product and create a better experience for your customer.
Twine Packing Rope String for DIY Crafts
200-Feet 6-Strand Fine Hemp Cord Bright
Basic Solid White Bulk Tissue Paper 15 x 20
Acid Free Tissue Paper – 100 Sheets 15 x 20
Thank You Stickers
Depending on your choice of poly mailer you may not need to add thank you stickers. However, if you do go with a plain clear shipping bag, a ‘Thank You’ sticker will make it look very tasteful indeed.
Gold Heart Shape Foil Sticker Labels
Round Thank You Stickers with Black Hearts
Heart Shape Kraft Paper Thank You Adhesive Label
Round Thank You Sticker Labels with Red Hearts
Another small added touch is to put a business card (or business magnet!) into the bag with the t-shirt. Doing this will emphasize where the product has come from, and your customer might see it over and over again in their home for a long time to come, reminding them of your business.
So there are a few examples of basic things you can do to make your packages a bit nicer. It does depend on how much you have to spend – though I think in the long run you’ll get more repeat customers the better their experience with you is. If you made them feel good while opening the package, they’ll want that feeling again.
Go the extra mile and do as much as you can, all the while keeping your eyes and ears open for ways to improve. You’ll be as big as Apple in no time!
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