How to Pack a Parcel

I had a crash course in shop work today. Ebay shoppers had a sudden urge to bid last night and we ended up with fourteen parcels to pack, including several with multiple items and two going overseas. This job can be quite exciting at times.

I’ve not quite got the hang of it  yet, because the ebay site has changed a bit since I last used it, and not necessarily for the better. However, I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

The stages of packing a parcel are –

Check ebay notification

Find item (stock control will, I hope, improve when we move shops)

Select correct envelope

Insert item into envelope (which may require wrestling and ingenuity)

Add compliments slip

See if it goes through the slots in the card we have – Large Letter or Small Letter


Select appropriate postage rate for size, weight and country

Write postage on envelope

Put appropriate sticker on – Signed for, Special delivery etc

Stick stamps on


Write address

Write return address

Air Mail sticker (if necessary)

Customs Declaration (if necessary)

Simple enough, you would think, but I managed to cock it up several times. There are a number of ways to get it wrong if you are new to the job, talking at the same time and thinking of that delicious salad your wife is making you have for lunch. And that’s before you drop the pen, stick a stamp on upside down, lose the stickers…

All in all, an interesting day, for me. I’m not sure it makes riveting reading though, as I seem to have failed to capture the drama and romance of putting coins and banknotes into padded envelopes.

Tomorrow it might be a medallion. Who knows? Life can get pretty crazy at the cutting edge of retail.

The coin in the picture is from the reign of Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603). It was actually one of the detector finds from the farm, but I thought a coin picture would look good seeing as I work in a coin shop. 






14 thoughts on “How to Pack a Parcel

  1. arlingwoman

    Years ago, when the consulting group I worked for was sending out reports, they would sometimes go out in boxes (back when people wanted hard copies). The head of the print shop taught us how to pack and tape up the boxes. I can still hear him saying “Make that tape sing,” which meant to stretch it tight. I still use his packing techniques.

  2. tootlepedal

    Fourteen parcels? This is sounding very like slave labour. I am pleased that you managed to get through it all and I hope that the salad gave you the strength to carry on.

  3. Laurie Graves

    I am sure it is easy to miss a step in the process. A truth no one seems to want to acknowledge is that few jobs are simple. What a lovely, lovely coin!


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