Use Cereal Bags In Shipping

I am starting to sell things on Ebay. I recently read an article about packaging in a newsletter from The article suggested reusing what we already have. I thought of an idea so astonishing that I shut down and rushed over here to share it.


From here on, my packaging material will include at least one of the bags from the cereal box. I am making little bill caps and I will tape the bill to the little card from bias tape. It will keep the brim from bending or getting smushed in transit. The hat will go inside the cereal bag from which I have wiped the cereal debris with a damp cloth. Of course I won't use them right away. They will need to be dry when I send them out. These go out in envelopes.

For items requiring a box, I will cut the bags in strips. I also use the plastic grocery store bags to pack things. If you rumple them and ball them up, they make good padding and you don't have to buy anything. The added advantage is no printer's ink from newspaper packaging.

By Marty Dick from Knoxville, TN

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April 15, 20120 found this helpful

If you want to de-crumb or dry your cereal bag faster, use a blow dryer on cool setting. I do this with zip-loc bags that I wash out and use again, too.


Good luck with your eBay selling. I'd love to do that too, but it seems so complicated to me. And I've had trouble with Paypal. Let us know how you do, I'd be interested to hear.

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June 15, 20150 found this helpful

Hi! We have over 1000 items on ebay and made close to $100,000 last year on ebay alone, granted some items were high dollar. But we do the shipping using what we already have ALL THE TIME. We use dry waxed paper or Walmart/Food Lion plastic bags all the time! I keep all small boxes like the boxes from caprisun, or kool-aid jammers, and even cereal boxes to ship! I can easily fit a pair of Flip Flops or sandals in a buttermilk pancake box and the box isn't heavy like those at the post office. I then put in the walmart bag and completely Wrap with colored shipping tape!

Our postmaster LOVES our packages and so do our customers. We got feedback once that said, "packaged to withstand a nuclear explosion". Lol.. it was a pancake box but wrapped in the plastic bag and shipping tape!


Sorry so.e hadn't tried ebay very much. It's been a lifesaver for my husband and I to stay home together to raise our children, and work from home on the net and sell our RESTAURANT equipment too, while I'm busy selling little children's outgrown items! Lol.. I will Definitely keep in mind about cereal bags and how to dry them! Good luck!

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