Jersey transactions are happening less in person, and more often than not, involve a shipping service. Shipping creates an additional cost to the transaction and there are many ways to ship. When dealing with transactions and shipping, it is good practice to adhere to the following concepts regarding shipping etiquette.
First and foremost, when negotiating a sale, it is important to indicate which party will cover shipping.
As a buyer, if the price is not indicated as “includes shipping”, it is best to anticipate that the seller will most likely expect you to cover shipping costs. In this scenario, you can advise the seller how you would like your item shipped and if you desire insurance. When you pay for shipping, the shipping expense is at your discretion. You could be cheap and request that it is shipped in a bag without insurance, standard shipping practice (listed below), or a custom requested shipping method the seller feels comfortable with.
As a seller, it is helpful to advise in your listing who will cover shipping. If you elect to cover shipping, remember we are in a global market, so address the locations you are willing to cover. While covering the shipping charges, the burden of insurance will be placed on you. You can elect to forego insurance, but if you do, missing shipments, damage, etc will become your burden.
When shipping, smaller packages and bags or padded envelopes are less expensive to ship, however, damage comes at a higher risk. Opened packages, tearing and exposure to elements are the risks potentially faced.
At a minimum, your standard shipping method should be in a box large enough to fold the jersey and have it lay flat which can also include documentation. The medium flat-rate USPS boxes or 14″x11″x3″ are satisfactory. Though not required, it is recommended to wrap the jersey in a bag. Ziploc or garbage would work. This helps protect it from the rare event in which weather elements reach your package. Include the LOA in a binder sleeve, laid flat at the bottom. NEVER fold your LOAs to ship them.
Tape your edges and corners well. Nobody wants to receive a partially open box.
Even you can be a good shipper if you follow these guidelines:
- Be explicit when it comes to who is responsible for shipping.
- Always ship in a box unless that comfortably fits the folded jersey unless otherwise negotiated.
- If you are the one paying for shipping, insurance liability is on you.
- Be generous with the tape. Most boxes have 2 sets of flaps which will protect your items when opened.
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