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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

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  1. After seeing at the PO several times people using plastic opaque bags to mail things back to businesses, I put my thinking cap on. I had been buying bubble envelopes in bulk and could get them in less than 24 hours from U-line, but that meant storing all of them somewhere in my house. Big boxes for every 100 envelopes. So I tried out plastic envelopes in various sizes for the items I ship (not everyone can do this). In a year and a half now, I have had no complaints, but several compliments. One item got destroyed by the PO and I replaces it. Other than that no problems. I can store a lot of packages of those envelopes in the ottoman under my desk. I have saved hundreds of dollars in shipping supplies, and in some cases have saved on shipping as well as the kraft bubble envelopes weigh several ounces and can make the weight of a package go into the next ounce and next price range. The plastic envelopes are incredibly lightweight. I can get them in a color I like and that sets us apart from the manilla yellow/kraft look. They come in lots of colors and designs as well. Certainly worth it to look into if it is something that might help. For a small business like ours, saving hundreds on packaging supplies in a year is awesome.

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