Understanding the Price of Shrink Wrap Film

Have you ever wondered how much shrink wrap film costs? Oftentimes, this is considered the main material to use, and usually, when pricing this, there are a few dynamics that will affect the cost of this. The price of this is actually affected by the width, gauge, length, and of course the type that you want.

Generally, a centerfold version of this is usually somewhere between 100 to 150 dollars, with usually the different factors all multiplied in its own way.

On average, the thicker the gauge, the higher the price roll is.  While usually, it doesn’t include these, you should also understand the importance of single wound and double length rolls. This determines how it’s wound, whether it’s back and forth, or once around.

Yes, this probably seems overly complex, but you should understand that pricing your shrink film is a big endeavor and is also case sensitive. The price that you pay for this does change based on the dynamics that are mentioned here, but we’ll go into the depth of this, and how to choose the right one for your products too.

First, you must consider the width, and this is usually the first thing that you’ll need to determine. This is usually determined by the product itself, the type of sealer that you’re using. The package width which is usually how many inches is the item that’s opposite the direction of travel into this, and finally, how tall the item is as it’s on the machine to be packaged.

When you have these measurements, you can then use a calculator to help determine the correct width in order to purchase it.

Next, consider the length of it.  This is important because if you don’t get one that’s long enough, it might make it a bit annoying since you’ll have to use more than necessary.  You may want to talk to a professional especially if you’re really not sure on this since they’ll be able to help you identify and from thee analyze the different materials, machinery, and products, letting you figure out the correct length of roll, along with other metrics which will help determine the correct film for your needs as well.

Next, let’s talk gauges. This is [probably the most important of all of these, since using the wrong one will waste a bunch of money, time, and material. You will want to make sure that you choose the proper thickness, with a higher gauge meaning a this that’s thicker.  This is a more technical metric than an industry standard, and the gauge is oftentimes commonly used in place of the mil measurement, but they’re one and the same.  Usually, you can determine the correct thickness of the film through this, since it is pretty simple to figure out as well.

Finally, you need to determine either polyolefin, polyethylene, or PVC film. Depending on the packaging, one type of film might be good, while others might not. Each type has its own pros and cons, and different applications for this. And of course, understanding this is the first step to determining the correct film. You can always figure out whether or not you want to spend a little bit more on one type of product or not, and you may consider it if you’re trying to increase the shelf life of the products too, since you may want to figure it out.

Also, keep in mind the printed versions of this tend to oftentimes cost more.

All of this should be kept in mind when choosing your wrap since it’s a big part of the product.

Flexible Packaging Vs. Glass Packaging

When you’re looking for a package for you to put products in, there are many options. Today, there are flexible options, such as pouches and other materials including glass, which are both very popular.  There are pros and cons to both of these and here, we’ll highlight the different benefits of both of these, and why it’s important to understand that you should look at both of these to suit your packaging needs.

What’s so good about glass packaging? Well, glass packaging is something that’s been used for hundreds of years, and it definitely offers a luxury and vintage look to it.  It also is smooth, isn’t porous, and also has a feel, weight, and a visual appeal to it too.

It is definitely a popular type of item, and you can actually cater to the millennial generation with glass products.

They also are good for a lot of liquid packaging, and it is something that a lot of people will get, since they oftentimes can be reused, and will save the planet in a sense when compared to plastic containers.

This is because that glass retains the flavor of the contents. Plastic containers can alter the taste of liquids or food due to the shelf life dynamics and the exposure to extreme temperatures too. Since plastic is porous, it doesn’t retain carbonation, scent, or flavor.

When it comes to carbonated beverages, the glass options sustain for a much longer period, and it can definitely be good for storing spices and other options. It actually is good for a lot of people looking to be eco-friendly.

But, there is a downside to glass. It actually is more detrimental to our environment despite seeming otherwise. That’s because this takes a lot more time to process, and the glass creates a much higher carbon footprint, so it really isn’t an eco-friendly packaging.

They are also much more expensive than flexible packaging, and they’re very easy to break too.

What about flexible packaging? Well, this is packaging that lets you stand, sit, or hang with ease, and it’s good for a lot of different products. From shrink film to stretch film, this is good because it extends shelf life, offers food safety, and it is good for preserving the freshness and protect it from the environments.  There are many different types to choose from, such as different pouches. Standup pouches are probably your most common one.  They are resistant to breaking, unlike glass, and oftentimes are super strong. You can also customize these a lot more than glass bottles and others. These are also completely resealable, unlike glass packaging, and it also comes with locks to offer an even greater level of protection for your items.

So what are the downsides the biggest one is that they’re impossible to recycle, and they oftentimes can affect the flavor of liquids. Some of them report a plasticky taste to the packaging.  It also offers a low resistance to extreme temperatures when they’re stored, so in the event of a sudden drop in temp, the packaging won’t stick around. Finally, it can also cause wrap rage, which upsets people.

Usually, the answer to this is both of them are good, but glass has many more pros and cons. But, if you have a product that needs a more affordable packaging, then you may want to consider the flexible packaging. Whatever the case, you’ll definitely want to consider each of these, and look at the benefits of the packaging as well, no matter what it is that you choose to get for your products.

Clever ways to Pack Your eBay Shipments

Selling on eBay does involve shipping, and for some, this is laborious or boring, but for many shipping nerds, it’s fun.  You may want to consider experimenting with this.  You want to do a good job, since a shoddy shopping job kills the sale, and it can affect how people buy from you.  Here, we’ll highlight a few of the key ways to ensure that you get the shipping done better, and easier too.

First, don’t overstuff the flat rate mailers.  This is not a good idea, and if you can fit it, it’ll ship, but never crowd these, since they can burst open when they’re overstuffed. Use sound judgment when placing the items into there.  You can get these for free on the USPS website, and the padded ones can be used for clothing and smaller, non-breakable items.  Even if they’re padded though, you should never ship a fragile item into there.

Next, don’t’ wrap packages in brown paper. This isn’t good, especially since this can get ripped off in the machines, and that just ruins your addresses. Always affect the shipping label to your packages, so it doesn’t come off during shipping.

Finally, never use alcohol or beer boxes.

To ship, there are a few hacks that you can do.  bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and the like all cost money, but there are inexpensive alternatives in order to ship your items in a secure fashion so you’re not having to pay the high cost of shipping different items.

First, consider pool noodles. They are great for cushioning since they can provide a decent amount of cushion around the different areas.  This can be great for framed items, needlework, or any picture frames. You can eve chop these up as a cheap version of packing peanuts

Egg cartons are good for cushioning items that tend to break. You can put them along the bottom, add the breakable item to the middle, and then add more egg cartons.  This is great because it keeps items from moving about.  They’re worth getting, and pretty strong too.

Black trash bags are great for some items too.  You can wrap rugs, bedding, and other home décor that isn’t breakable. You should make sure that the edges are taped securely so that it doesn’t get caught when you’re having them put through the processing machine.

Finally, make sure that you’re using eBay’s workflow to help ship your items. The tracking is updated, and from this, the customer will know the progress of their package within transit, and sometimes, if you use this system, it’ll give you a nice little shipping discount, which is definitely not a bad thing in most cases, and helps along the bottom line.

When it comes to shipping stuff off eBay, you should definitely consider some of the different aspects of this, and work to improve on this as well. When you’re talking about shipping, giving someone more safety and comfort rather than less will benefit them, so always make sure you err on the side of a little more packing here and there, since it’ll help in those cases where you feel like you don’t have enough packaging, and packing elements, but you don’t know how to effectively create that for your item.