What You Need to Know About Shipping Perfume With USPS

Selling perfume on eBay can be quite profitable. You might even be able to have success selling bottles of perfume that were open and partially used! Before you run to gather up your bottles of old perfume, there are some things you should know about shipping them that can save you time and keep you out of trouble with the post office.



Although name brand perfumes (and some not so well known brands) usually sell rather quickly and often for some surprisingly high dollar amounts, a bottle of perfume is a bit of a burden to ship.


For one thing, you can’t just stick a Priority label on the box and send your package on its way. Perfume is made by combining aromatic oils with alcohol. When this alcohol is subject to atmospheric pressure changes or variations in temperature, it can actually become unstable.


What this means is that your package can’t go by air (Priority) and must travel by land instead. Fortunately, it can still go by USPS, but you’ll have to use Parcel Select (the old Parcel Post) for your package and it will take several days to reach its final destination.


The second thing you have to worry about is making sure the bottle doesn’t break. Not only would it be a hazard for your buyer because of all the broken shards of glass, but you don’t really want someone to receive a wet, leaking package that reeks of spray-on perfume. Since this is a good possibility if you don’t package your bottle of perfume correctly, take some extra precautions and use the tips below:

1. Don’t skimp on the bubblewrap. Place several layers of bubblewrap around the bottle and tape it so that it doesn’t come off in transit.

2. Place the bottle in a small sturdy box. Ideally, there should be at least four inches of space around the bottle. Before placing the perfume into the box, you may also wish to put the bubblewrapped bottle into a resealable sandwich bag. This way, if something does happen to the bottle the liquid will be contained within the bag.

3. Use packing peanuts to fill in the extra space around the bottle. In a pinch, you can also use shredded newspaper, but keep in mind that you want as much cushion as possible.

4. Tape the box shut and gently shake it. You do not want to hear the bottle moving around inside the box. If you do, re-open the box and add more packing material.

5. Although you not required, it’s usually a good idea to give the post office a heads-up that there is a breakable item in the package. Write or place a label on the box that says “Fragile” or “Surface Only.”


On a final note, keep in mind that perfume can only be shipped domestically in the United States. You can not ship perfume internationally or to anywhere (such as Hawaii or Canada) that does not have designated ground service in place.


This guest post was contributed by Kat Simpson. Kat is a trusted eCommerce author, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur. Kat Simpson has been a successful eCommerce merchant for over 10 years; is an eBay Education Specialist and Gold Level PowerSeller, as well as a successful Amazon merchant. Currently Kat is the hosts the popular weekly eCommerce Podcast That Kat Radio and an active Facebook Group ThatKat.


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