Video: How to Pack and Ship Pro Audio Gear—Mics, Interfaces, and More

Once you've sold a piece of gear on Reverb, you'll want to make sure it arrives safe and sound. That means packing it and shipping it correctly so that the buyer gets as much enjoyment out of it as you have.

In order to help you pack and ship microphones, interfaces, and other pro audio outboard gear, we've created two quick and easy-to-follow videos. (If you have an item you want to sell, but are new to Reverb, check out our Seller Hub to find answers to all your questions.)

No matter what pro audio gear you're shipping, here are the materials you'll need:

To begin, this is what you'll need:

  • A roll of bubble wrap or foam wrap
  • Heavy duty paper, packing peanuts, or expanding foam packers
  • Packing tape
  • Box cutter
  • Measuring tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Your recently sold microphone, interface, or other piece of gear
  • Brand-new cardboard box (double-corrugated is preferred)
How to Pack and Ship Your Microphone

Once you've assembled all the materials, you're ready to get started.

  1. Measure the item to determine proper box size. (The box should be big enough to have four inches of space around all sides of the mic.)
  2. Lay out plenty of bubble wrap and fold it over itself.
  3. Lay the unit in the middle and wrap generously.
  4. Once wrapped, secure the bubble wrap with packing tape, making sure the middle is tight and each end is taped shut. You don't want either end exposed.
  5. Fill the bottom of the box with four inches of packing material (heavy paper, packing peanuts, or foam).
  6. Place the wrapped mic in the box, with equal distance on each side.
  7. Densely pack around the sides of the mic.
  8. Pack another four inches of packing material on top.
  9. Now, tape the box shut, being sure to tape all of the openings closed.
  10. Mark the package for "Fragile" shipping. Note "Do Not Stack," and "This Side Up" in appropriate spots.
  11. Apply your shipping label and double check it is correct.
  12. Give the box a little shake to make sure the mic is secure.

Once you've completed these steps, you're ready to ship. If you need some shipping boxes, you can find some right here on Reverb.

How to Pack and Ship Your Interface & Pro Audio Outboard Gear

If you've just sold an audio interface or other piece of outboard gear, you'll need to assemble the materials noted in the list at the top of this article. Once you've compiled those items, you're ready to get started:

  1. Measure the item to determine proper box size. (The box should be big enough to have four inches of space around all sides of the item.)
  2. Lay out plenty of bubble wrap and fold it over itself.
  3. Lay your item in the middle and wrap generously.
  4. Once wrapped, secure the bubble wrap with packing tape, making sure the middle is tight and each end is taped shut. You don't want any corners exposed.
  5. Fill the bottom of the box with four inches of packing material (heavy paper, packing peanuts, or foam).
  6. Place the wrapped item in the box, with equal distance on each side.
  7. Densely pack around the sides of the gear.
  8. Pack another four inches of packing material on top.
  9. Now, tape the box shut, being sure to tape all of the openings closed.
  10. Mark the package for "Fragile" shipping. Note "Do Not Stack," and "This Side Up" in appropriate spots.
  11. Apply your shipping label and double check it is correct.
  12. Give the box a little shake to make sure the item is secure.

Once you've completed all these steps, you're ready to ship.

Have questions? Check out the Reverb Shipping Guide, where you can find info on shipping other instruments, as well as more information about buying and using Reverb Shipping Labels and Reverb Shipping Protection.

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