By far the most widely used packaging material is the basic cardboard box. To those of us in the industry, these should be called corrugated boxes and are further classified as RSC’s, which stands for regular slotted containers. But whatever you want to call them, cardboard boxes provide an excellent combination of strength, protection and price.
We carry a huge assortment of sizes for various uses, and all are in stock and ready to be shipped. Our standard boxes are manufactured from either 200 pound C flute or 32 ECT materials. We also offer Heavy Duty versions that are either 275 pound (32 ECT) single wall, or double wall materials. Either of these options gives you added strength.
One of our fastest growing product lines is our Insulated Packaging category. If you are shipping any perishable product, we probably have a container that will suit your needs. Our standard insulated containers are expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) coolers. These provide excellent insulation (R value) for longer transit time shipments. However, we also manufacture a line of insulated packaging called Arctic Foil. We convert radiant barrier bubble material into insulated bubble mailers and insulated box liners which are great alternatives to foam coolers. Arctic Foil provides customers many benefits compared to foam coolers including: they are much thinner so your overall shipping box size is much smaller, Arctic Foil ships to you “knocked down” so you save on inbound freight costs, and Arctic Foil can easily be custom manufactured to conform to any size you need. Simply tell us what size pouch or box liner you require and we can quote it for you. All that is required to manufacture custom size is a simple cutting die (usually around $350). A custom foam cooler mold can cost as much as $25,000.
This product line includes cardboard boxes that fold up and lock themselves closed. They do not require tape to seal shut. They are typically manufactured from 200 pound (or 32 ECT) “B” flute material. The way these boxes fold up and close gives them exceptional strength. They are usually white on the outside, and kraft or brown on the inside. Cardboard mailers are perfect for mailing or shipping smaller items such as books, pictures, CD’s and DVD’s and other fragile items.
Bubble Mailers, Stayflat Mailers and Padded Envelopes
When you are shipping or mailing a product sometimes an outer box can be overkill. This category offers alternative packaging materials that might suit your needs.
Our Bubble envelopes are manufactured from 3/16” thick bubble padding which is laminated to heavy duty paper. This provides the highest quality available. These are perfect for shipping items that require some degree of cushioning such as books, CD’s or DVD’s.
If you need to make sure that your product doesn't get bent or folded during shipping try our Stayflat Mailers. These rigid envelopes are specifically engineered and manufactured to protect your photographs, literature, brochures, diplomas or other important documents from bending. That’s why they are called Stay Flat Mailers!
Boxes don’t do much good without tape to seal them closed. That’s why we offer a multitude of tapes. Most are box sealing tapes. The differences between them include the type of backing (plastic, reinforced, etc…) and the type of adhesive used such as hot melt or acrylic. We do carry other types of tape such as duct tape, masking tape, filament tape and gaffer's tape.
But, of all the types of tape we offer, the best-selling is our custom printed tape. Rather than spending the money to have your boxes custom printed, which can more than double the cost, why not simply use our custom printed tape? You can easily print your company’s logo, address, or any other marketing message so your shipments will stand out. Most companies require a large minimum order to do this, but at PackagingPrice we can custom print your tape with as small as a one case minimum.
Stretch Film and Shrink Film
An often overlooked packaging material is stretch wrap. Not to be confused with shrink wrap, stretch film, or wrap, is used to wrap pallets of product before you ship them. This greatly strengthens the load on the pallet which helps reduce shipping damage. Most pallets of product are stretch wrapped to help strengthen the load during shipping.
Shrink wrap, on the other hand, is the type of plastic film that, when heat is applied shrinks around a product. Do not try this with standard plastic bags. The standard polyethylene will not hold up to the heat applied by the shrink gun. You’ve probably seen cases of bottled water that are shrink wrapped.
CD Mailers and DVD Mailers
With the popularity of eBay and Amazon, shipping of CD’s and DVD’s through UPS, FedEx and the USPS (post office) has greatly increased over the past few years. In response to this, PackagingPrice offers a multitude of CD and DVD packaging ship your items safely. Whether it’s a DVD bubble mailer, a folding cardboard box for jewel cases, or even a cd sleeve, we have a product specifically sized to suit your needs.
Also, please make sure to compare our prices on our CD bubble mailers to any other supplier. We have yet to find a company that offers a better price or higher quality than what we do.
For long and thin products, you might want to consider using any one of our Mailing Tubes. If you are trying to make a good impression when mailing products such as posters, invitations, calendars, diplomas or other important items, cardboard tubes will stand out when your customer receives them. They are manufactured using heavy duty fiberboard and specifically designed to make sure your item arrives safely.
Choose from our mailing tubes with end caps, or our snap sealing tubes. We offer a variety of colors to help your product stand out. We carry diameters of 1.5”, 2”, 2.5”, 3” and 4” in lengths between 6” and 48”.
The majority of the plastic bags we offer are manufactured from low density polyethylene (LDPE). This is the plastic that the ziplock bags you have in your kitchen are made from.
With over 2,000 variations in stock, we’re sure to have one that suits your needs. We carry standard “flat” plastic bags, reclosable poly bags, and many other styles. They range in thickness from 1.5 mil to 6.0 mils (.006 inch).
One of our fastest growing lines of packaging materials is our Postal Approved Plastic Bags. These meet all the requirements of the Post Office to be used as outer packaging for non-fragile items such as brochures or catalogs.
Bubble Wrap, Foam and Padding
While some of our customer ship items that are not fragile, such as hardware or books, most customers’ products are at least somewhat fragile in nature. When shipping any type of fragile product, you will want to use some sort of packaging material inside the outer box. In fact, if you ignore adding cushioning UPS, FedEx or the USPS can deny a damage claim if your product is not adequately protected. But don’t worry, we offer many different types of padding to help you protect your product.
Our most popular cushioning product is Bubble Wrap. The three thicknesses follow these general rules of thumb: 3/16" is used for light weight items, and for interleaving between items. 5/16 gives medium weight cushioning protection and ˝” is for heavier duty and void fill applications. However, please keep in mind that the thicker the material the harder it is to wrap around your items.
Bubble wrap comes in very large rolls that are too big to ship via UPS, FedEx or USPS. For large users, this is understood and not a problem. However, we do have many smaller users who don’t need an industrial sized roll. For these customers, we offer a line of smaller size rolls that are able to be shipped at lower shipping costs.
Other types of inner packaging materials include Kraft Paper, Newsprint paper, and bogus paper which can be used as a void fill or surface protection. Loose fill packing peanuts are a very popular void fill material.
When using any of these supplies, a rule of thumb is to make sure that you have at least 2 inches of padding between your product and all 6 sides of the shipping box. Again, this is a rough rule of thumb, but 2 inches of cushioning is a good starting point.