How to pack and ship used sails to buyers

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Selling used sails can be a rewarding way to give your old gear a new life while earning some extra cash. Properly packing and shipping sails ensures they arrive in good condition, leaving your buyers satisfied. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you with the process:

1. Clean and inspect

Before packing, clean the sails thoroughly. Remove any salt, dirt, and debris using fresh water and mild detergent. Let them dry completely to prevent mold and mildew. Inspect for any damage and repair small tears or frays, to ensure the sail is in good condition.

2. Fold the sails

Fold the sails neatly to minimize their bulk. Lay the sail flat, starting at one end, and fold it in a consistent manner to avoid creating creases. Rolling is another option, especially for larger sails, as it reduces the risk of permanent creases.

3. Choose the right packaging

Select a sturdy, weather-resistant container. Heavy-duty cardboard boxes or plastic shipping containers are ideal. For added protection, wrap the sail in plastic sheeting or a large garbage bag to keep it dry. Try to stay within 100/50/50cm package; above these sizes is a lot more expensive. Shipping battens over 150cm is usually prohibitive; the buyer is better off buying new battens locally.

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4. Cushioning and protection

Add cushioning materials such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts, to protect the sail from impact during transit. Place cushioning at the bottom, sides and top of the box. Ensure the sail is snugly packed, but not compressed to the point of causing damage.

5. Labeling

Clearly label the package with the recipient’s address, e-mail, phone number and your return address. Include a “Fragile” sticker if the sail has any delicate parts or is of high value. Don’t forget to put a second label inside the package so it can be retrieved when the outer label is damaged or lost.

6. Choose a reliable shipping service

Select a shipping service that provides tracking and insurance options. Services like DPD, UPS or FedEx, are reliable choices. Shipping insurance is crucial to protect against potential loss or damage.

7. Notify the buyer

Once shipped, notify the buyer with the tracking number and expected delivery date. Good communication ensures a smooth transaction and builds trust with your buyer. Put the e-mail of the buyer on the label so he/she can be notified directly by the shipping company.

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By following these steps, you can ensure your used sails reach their new owners safely and in good condition. Happy selling!

Resail, there is always a second life for sails!