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Subject: Best way to wrap an audiobook...advice needed.
Date Posted: 12/1/2007 1:48 AM ET
Member Since: 5/6/2007
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I recently found an audio book at a FOL book sale room that just happened to be WLed.  This will be my first time sending an audio book.  I'm excited about receiving the extra credit, but I'm nervous about sending it safely.  I've heard through SwapaCD that cases are often cracked in the mail.  This audio book (includes 4 discs plus artwork, etc) will be going with it's case, and I'd like to make every effort to keep it from cracking. 

Any advice on how best to do this?  I usually use bubble mailers, but I'm afraid that won't be enough....

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 2:04 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I send a lot of audiobooks out and have never had one damaged.  I usually use a small box for audio cassettes.  For CD's I usually use a bubble mailer.  Or if I have some bubble wrap around I'll use that and put it in a box, large envelope or wrap it up in some sturdy paper.  Audio books are usually in cardboard cases w/cardboard pouches and such which I think offers better cushioning than plastic CD cases which could crack easily.  Whenever I get books or something in the mail in a bubble envelope or small box, I open it carefully and reuse it to mail out PBS books. 

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 11:03 AM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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I am just getting ready to mail out my first audio cassette request.  It's a boxed set, but I felt like the box was too flimsy on its own to protect the cassettes from getting cracked/crushed.  I used tissue and bubble wrap to help muffle the sound of the tapes within their box (hopefully that'll help cut down on the possibility of theft, too), wrapped that in more bubble wrap inside a big baggie, and then put all of that inside a very sturdy cardboard box.  Not sure what it is gonna cost me to ship it yet, but I'm pretty sure it will get to its destination in great shape.  Hope that helps!


P.S. My package was only $2.47 to mail.

Last Edited on: 12/1/07 10:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/1/2007 11:52 PM ET
Member Since: 5/6/2007
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Oops meant to do this earlier and was distracted... thanks for the advice/response!

ETA: My audibook arrived safe and sound! I put it in bubble wrap, used a box, and used junk mail (oops, had ads on it) to keep the book from shifting in the box (smallest I had).

Last Edited on: 12/14/07 1:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 1