Makes taping a box MUCH easier. This will keep you from having to find the start to your tape roll each time or from using small tape rolls with included dispensers. No scissors required, the tape gun itself has a blade.
ULINE [LINK] - $11 + shipping (total of at least $20) Scotch Brand on Amazon [LINK] - $14 (with Prime shipping)
Pretty straightforward — if you are opening lots of boxes, a box cutter will make that much easier.
2 pack on Amazon [LINK] - $13 (with Prime shipping)
Reduces boxes to the exact size required. This allows you to stock fewer box sizes, while still saving on supplies by using less void fill (like peanuts or packing paper) and will also better protect the package, cutting down on damage.
In order to use the carton sizer, you will also need a box cutter, as this tool perforates the box, but does not cut it.
This item is only made by ULINE as they hold a patent on it.
ULINE [LINK] - $17 + shipping (total usually at least $27)
With the relatively inexpensive costs of packing scales, this is definitely a worthy investment! A package scale will save you time, as you won’t have to guess or research an item's weight, and money, as you won’t over or under pay for shipping.
There are USB scales (that are typically more expensive) which connect to shipping programs, such as Stamps.com and ShipStation, however, you can simply weigh the item once when listing and put that item weight in the listing, and it will automatically populate in these shipping programs.
The ACCUTECK brand on Amazon is a simple, trustworthy scale. While it doesn't have USB connection, it'll get the job done.
Amazon [LINK] - $20 (with free Prime shipping)
The easiest way to print labels.
You may be hesitant to buy one at first as well due to the fairly high cost, but, it will so much time, money, and frustration. If you’re shipping a few packages a day or more, spring for this quality of life upgrade!
There’s lots of options here. We’d recommend staying away from DYMO due to their proprietary labels. ROLLO allows you to use your own labels, but we haven’t found it the most reliable. Not a bad option. What we currently use and recommend is a Zebra GX420d.
ROLLO Label Printer - Amazon [LINK] $189.99 (with free Prime shipping)
Zebra GX420d - Look on eBay for a pre owned or refurbished unit. You can probably find one for around $150-$200. The USB version would work just fine, you don’t need ethernet.