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Subject: Award for the longest RC that says, please use plastic
Date Posted: 6/18/2010 8:56 AM ET
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This person wants me to use plastic - or some other way to keep the book dry- which is no problem but look how long the RC is -

 

Because I received a book severely damaged by rain, even through the usual two layers of paper, I would prefer that books shipped to me be wrapped in such a way as to make it impossible for a book to sustain water damage while in the custody of the Postal Service.  Plastic works best as an inner wrapping, but it is of course not the only solution.  (It does, however, help to keep the pages together and undamaged, especially when several books are shipped together.)   I have found during my more than two years of membership in PBS that some people do not want to use plastic, and that is fine as long as the books are sealed tight against moisture.   One method that I use (admittedly in addition to a layer of plastic) is to tape all surfaces of the PBS wrapper with good clear package tape.  Please contact me by clicking on ********  if you have any questions or qualms about this request.  I love receiving books and do not want lose a chance of receiving any books which I have ordered, especially Wish List books.

Here is a comment about packaging from a PBS member who received a book from me in June 2009.  She works for the Postal Service and lives in Wisconsin.

Her Name  ---  Some other person's Name

Thank you - the book arrived in perfect condition. You have won the packing tape award for most used on one package; but it did keep it in great condition. :)

I work at the post office and I wish more people would package items like you did. During any heavy downfalls there are packages and letters lined up on racks drying out. I also liked that you used plastic wrap on the inside - good idea that I am going to follow.

 

I'm going to send the book, but wow!

 

susan/vt  (my typo fixed)



Last Edited on: 6/18/10 8:57 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/18/2010 9:08 AM ET
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I'm sorry but I would have declined that because I wouldn't read the whole thing.  All she needed to write was "I've received a lot of post office damaged books so please use plastic" .  Or something like that. 

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 9:19 AM ET
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I would prefer that books shipped to me be wrapped in such a way as to make it impossible for a book to sustain water damage while in the custody of the Postal Service.

Last I knew, the postal service had no control over weather conditions.  Perhaps moving to a desert or an area where it never rains or snows would be the best way to "make it impossible for a book to sustain water damage while in the custody of the Postal Service". 

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 11:01 AM ET
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I don't really know if I'd decline. I'm in a bit of a mood right now, so I was thinking I would accept until I got to the part where she bragged about her own packaging. I think on a normal day I would send, though.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 11:12 AM ET
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I'm a new member but I've mailed out many books, and several had RC's, but I would not have read that entire RC.  I dont' mind RC's and if I can meet them I will send the book but I don't have endless time to read RC's. 

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 11:17 AM ET
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I would prefer that books shipped to me be wrapped in such a way as to make it impossible for a book to sustain water damage

The word prefer is a real turn off for me.  I would prefer brand new books, but I'm not going to make a RC about it.  It doesn't say it must be water proof.  It just rants on and on about why they would PREFER one that is waterproof.  I PREFER just the facts and clear facts at that.  JMO



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Date Posted: 6/18/2010 11:25 AM ET
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Wow, that really is wordy!  I might still send to this person, though, because I do try to package my books against wet weather.  The only part of the RC that gives me pause is: "...books shipped to me be wrapped in such a way as to make it impossible for a book to sustain water damage while in the custody of the Postal Service."  Like I said, I do try (wrap in plastic, use cardboard Amazon mailers, use plenty of wrapping tape, etc.), but I'd hesitate to warranty against impossible.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 11:27 AM ET
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"I would prefer brand new books, but I'm not going to make a RC about it."

LOLOLOL, yup! ;)

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 11:52 AM ET
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Oh wow.  I have a plastic RC, and I use plastic anyway, but that impossible to sustain damage would give me pause.  Even wrapping in plastic won't accomplish that.  I wonder how often it gets declined.  I've had my one line plastic RC declined once, which is fine (after 7 wet books due to a walking mail carrier I'm okay with waiting), but I would imagine this one gets lots more turn downs. 



Last Edited on: 6/18/10 11:53 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/18/2010 11:54 AM ET
Member Since: 10/28/2009
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I reuse a lot of shipping envelopes that I receive books in. But for the times that I don't have those, postmaster at my local post office offered this suggestion for wrapping books and I have used it ever since. I buy heavy-duty clear trash bags. I snip off the end so I can lay it flat for the width of the book--for smaller books there is no reason to cut the end. I place the book with the spine toward the opened end and bring it up and over tucking it into the first page of the book, then I simply roll and wrap as if a present. Air collects as it is rolled and makes it sort of puffy which acts as padding. This also works for paperbacks and makes a solid,package.I use packing tape to seal around  edges and also to seal the PBS paper wrapper to the book. That's all there is to it! The plastic is extremely durable, seals the book tightly, is water tight, the wrapper can't just 'fall' off and it can be seen by the postal service so there is no question that it is actually a book I am sending . One box of trash bags has lasted me a long time and is neatly stored.

 I hope this suggestion can help someone else.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 11:57 AM ET
Member Since: 11/30/2007
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Wow, is all I can say. Tometrader collects RC's and she would love to see this one. I hope she comes on here.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 12:54 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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People can write books for RCs and ask for a piece of the moon to be included for all I care, but I don't think it is appropriate for her to have another member's name in her RC.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 4:09 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2010
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Wow, I also have a RC for my book requests but I would have to turn this one down......it is way too long.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 4:26 PM ET
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I think Leslie & Karen hit it on the head by singling out the word "impossible".  Because of this, I would cancel since short of hand delivering, there is NO way to prevent this.  Yes, plastic wrap helps, but what if the package was wrapped securely but still managed to be received wet?  That one word would allow them to RWAP. 

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 7:19 PM ET
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"impossible" and "I prefer" would have me turning it down.  Prefer means that they are not requiring it but they like it if you would.  Not appropriate for an RC.  If she wants things wrapped in plastic then she needs to say so right out.  No "I prefer".

Also, you could mummify the book in plastic and tape, etc and it could still get wet.  There's no way to make it impossible to get wet.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 7:34 PM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2008
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So off topic, but Leslie, I LOVE your avatar!

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 7:36 PM ET
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Ok, I accepted the request. I always send my books in plastic anyway. She said to click on her name to PM her about any questions but it wasn't clickable, she just typed her name in the message. So after accepting I sent her a really long note explaining why she should have a short, concise RC and also pointed out that her link wasn't clickable.

Hope it all works out.

susan/vt

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 2:07 AM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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If someone includes their PBS nickname in an RC, you can look her up in the membership directory, on the community menu.

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 9:53 AM ET
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Yes, but you can't just click on the ***** per her instructions. She is shooting herself in the foot. She has a very long, very wordy message and a no nickname for PMing and all she wants to say is wrap in plastic.

susan/vt

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 12:31 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2009
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My response would have been:

 

"I prefer not to send to you."  wink

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 10:04 PM ET
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I wouldn't take the time to read that nonsense.
Date Posted: 6/21/2010 3:06 PM ET
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I wouldn't take the time to read that nonsense.

 

+1

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 3:58 PM ET
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OMG....I wouldn't even start reading it when I saw the length of it. Decline! Epic fail!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 8:10 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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That is one very funny RC.

I also would've declined it b/c normally I zone out on things like that and wouldn't have read past the first couple lines. ;)

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 9:26 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
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I wouldn't be offended by that RC even though it was a bit wordy.

The word prefer is a real turn off for me.

It is also open for misuse.  A person could send a book not wrapped in plastic and say "You only preferred it, you didn't require it".  I chose not to give anyone that wiggle room.  I made it a requirement.  If a member can't be bothered to wrap a book in plastic, then I am happy to go on to the next person in the FIFO list.

Right now I am torn as to whether I should take the plastic RC off since today is the first day of Summer.  But, since I live in Oregon, we never know what the weather is going to be like here.

 

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