I like to use as little plastic as possible. Ideally I would like to find a way to ship without using plastic at all. At the same time, I want my wares to be protected and look pretty when they arrive at their destination.
If you are mainly an on-line shopper, I would love to hear your opinion. I think my worst experience as a shopper was a package I once received from an etsy seller, who wrapped my item in several layers of cardboard and taped it like a mummy. I loved the item I ordered, but boy, was it a challenge to get it out of it's package. You really don't want to make your customer dripping with sweat - worried sick they will destroy the item in the process of unwrapping it...
So I have come to the conclusion that there are some strategies one should avoid at all cost:
- Recycling is wonderful, but don't sent your beautiful handmade item in a crummy old cerial box.
- It's good to protect your goods, but don't turn them into mummies!
- Don't forget to add a personal note to your order expressing that you care about this sale. I always add a handwritten "Thank You" note card. I, as a customer, really appreciate that personal touch. I feel more obliged to go back to a store when they show me they do care about my purchase.
- If you sell fabric, please do wrap my yardage in plastic or some protective layer. I know you like to get as much yardage into that free cardboard envelope by the postoffice, but they often get destroyed en route and my fabric may arrive stained =(.
Though they are expensive, I do so love my Moo cards. I started using them about two years ago. They may be small, but they sure add a special touch to my products. I wrap my miniature dolls and doll clothes in a sheet of tissue paper, use a piece of wool yarn, and tie a personal " Thank You" note plus moo card to he package. I often get compliments from people. So I guess I am doing all right. But I'd love to hear from others how they wrap things up. Maybe you would like to share your idea of the perfectly wrapped package?