1) Pick a rigid and lightweight box.
Your box or container needs to be rigid and strong, but lightweight to keep your postage costs down.
Choose a size a little bigger than the contents (so that you can add protective packaging around the object).
You can buy boxes now from our online shop.
2) Add padding.
Pad up your objects snugly so that they won't move around inside the box.
Bubble wrap is ideal.
Consider recycling - scrunch up old newspapers or break up old polystyrene packaging and squeeze into any gaps in your parcel.
Again, choose lightweight packaging to save money on postage.
Wrap small parts like legs or arms of figurines separately.
3) Weigh accurately.
Remember to weigh AFTER you've wrapped as the right postage will depend on the exact weight as well as the size of the parcel.
Did you know that home kitchen scales are effective, affordable and handy, especially digital scales?
We now sell a great selection of postal weighing scales in our online shop.
4) Get the right postage.
1st Class, 2nd Class , Special Delivery Guaranteed... Whatever speed, security or destination you need, it's really easy to find out the right postage price. Just click through to our Price Finder app to get a price.
5) Keep a stash of different stamp values.
Did you know that you can buy different denominations of stamps from our online shop? Keep them handy so that you can quickly stick on just the right postage. No need to queue to buy stamps.
This also applies to sending letters and parcels overseas - you can buy stamp sheets with international postage values. Check prices online to make sure you use the right amount.
6) Or print postage online.
Our Online Postage app works out the postage for you and prints out valid postage from your desktop printer.
You don't need anything special - just a payment method such as a credit card, normal paper and some sticky tape to stick on the printed postage, or buy sticky labels from our shop.
7) Mark your box fragile.
Use a large marker, sticky tape with the words 'fragile', or pre-printed boxes.
8) Check the postcode.
Enter the address in our Postcode Finder to find out the correct postcode. This will enable our people to sort your parcel quickly and prevent delays.
9) Add a return address.
If there's a problem at the delivery location (perhaps the person has moved away for example), we need to know where the parcel came from in order to return it. On the back of the parcel, top left, write a heading 'return address'. Underneath, write out the full address clearly.
10) Cover yourself
We make every possible effort to deliver your things safely and securely. With valuable breakables we recommend Special Delivery Guaranteed because you can select a compensation amount that's right for your parcel for added peace of mind and security.
Thanks for reading - we also have a help page on sending fragile items internationally.
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