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Keep nails pretty when opening and packaging boxes - any tips? (no pun intended)

SamanthaLSamanthaL Posts: 889Member
edited February 17 in General
Hi, everyone! I feel like I ruin my nails every time I have to open a bunch of well-taped packages or package things myself (especially when I need to remove old shipping labels first). Any tips on how to keep them looking nice without compromising my sub and swap addiction? :D

Any tips in general for the most efficient way of packaging swaps? I love swapping but find packaging rather time-consuming. During my last round of swaps, I copied the addresses into a Word document to print and cut, which was way faster than writing each one out! Don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.


  • AnnemAnnem Posts: 916Member
    Hi - I use wide tip black sharpies to cross out old packaging labels (instead of and ripping them off and ruining my nails). I use paypal to print labels for my packages...
  • EtherOrchidEtherOrchid Posts: 102Member
    I wear gloves and use a box cutter. I also copy,paste print my addresses but it's mostly because I'm afraid I will transpose a number and send the package to the wrong place.
  • SamanthaLSamanthaL Posts: 889Member
    @Annem Could you tell me a little more about how PayPal shipping works? I'm not sure this would be an option for me since I don't have a mail scale, but it would be nice to know for future reference.

    @EtherOrchid I honestly never would have thought to wear gloves while opening boxes, but that's not a bad idea. I don't know why I didn't think to copy and paste the addresses and print them sooner, cause I also was always afraid I entered the wrong zip code or made some other error!
  • KristyKristy Posts: 1,828Member
    I always get gel manicures. I used to spend time to paint my nails and they'd just be ruined in a day or two :( I use an x-acto knife to open boxes.
  • entwashianentwashian Posts: 1,052Member
    Similar to @Annem, I often use fun-patterned duct tape from the dollar store to cover old labels rather than peel them off.
  • SamanthaLSamanthaL Posts: 889Member
    Oooo, @entwashian I like that idea. I have been covering some old labels with paper and shipping tape, but then I go through my shipping tape so quickly! It seems like a waste of both tape and paper. @Kristy I've gotten very good at doing at-home manicures, but my polish seems to crack much faster when I am handling packages. I need to buy an x-acto knife for sure. I'm always afraid of cutting myself, so I need to find one that's clutz-proof, haha.
  • seuss516seuss516 Posts: 328Member
    @SamanthaL I've tagged you in a 'How to Swap with a Canadian' thread from a while back. The PayPal shipping instructions on page 1 are very thorough. Just ignore the international shipping part and it's the same for US. The only issue I found is make sure you go to the PayPal site and sign in and then enter the link to get to the correct page. It's worked great for me and allows you to choose first class or priority - which the USPS site won't. Best of luck.
  • SamanthaLSamanthaL Posts: 889Member
    Thanks, @seuss516 ! The best discovery I made since I started swapping is that the post office by my work is better than the post office by my house. The one by my work has a self-service machine and it's SO much faster than waiting in line! A majority of the time I go, there is no one using the machine and I'm able to have it all to myself as I pay for postage for 5 packages in one transaction, lol.
  • KristyKristy Posts: 1,828Member
    @SamanthaL here is mine. You hold it like a pencil so you can cut precisely. It's safe (I haven't hurt myself yet) and has a cap for storage.
  • SamanthaLSamanthaL Posts: 889Member
    @Kristy I need that in my life. Where did you get it, and does it have a particular brand name or description? I'm not sure how to search for that online. Thanks!
  • KristyKristy Posts: 1,828Member
    It's by Fiskars @SamanthaL. I'm sure I picked it up at a craft store like Michaels.
  • finlidanfinlidan Posts: 1,529Member
    @SamanthaL it's called the Fiskars Fingertip Detail Knife
  • SamanthaLSamanthaL Posts: 889Member
    Thank you, @Kristy and @finlidan !
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