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Subject: To all boxers
Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:06 PM ET
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Hi all,

I need to know what kind of box y'all use to mail...a bought one for mailing or a recycled box wrapped with brown paper...I can get boxes where i work but they will be recycled from food products. will this work???

 

Please reply soon.

Budsmama

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:12 PM ET
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I cannot begin to imagine why anyone would care what the box was made of.  I haven't renewed BoB but I have to say that, in the year I had it, I never actually used a box.  Most swaps were for 2 or 3 books and they all fit into envelopes.  So you might be overthinking this.  :-)

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:13 PM ET
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I would use any box as long as it doesn't smell or isn't dirty. Alot of people on PBS are about recycling.

Jenn

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:14 PM ET
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For me it actually depends on how many books are requested.  If it is only 1 or 2 I actually put the books in a large envelope (usually wrapped in saran wrap and a folder or piece of cardboard in it so it doesn't get bent up)... I don't use an actual box unless alot of books have been requested, and that has only happened once when someone ordered 7 books from me.

I would think your boxes would be fine as long as it doesn't smell of food :)

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:14 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:17 PM ET
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Thanks for all replies...i had no idea some mant people were here today!

Budsmama

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:31 PM ET
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I've mailed in cereal boxes and snack food boxes. The most amazing box i ever got was someone sent me 4 books using a tissue box! They used lots of shipping tape and didn't cover the box with paper. It was kinda cool getting such a pretty box! Unfortunately, I've never been able to duplicate the tissue box mailing because I can never quite get the books to fit in there properly. I've used padded envelopes (recycled from ones sent to me) to hold up to 6 books depending on the size.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 2:56 PM ET
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I just got a box of chocola cereal the other day!!! But, like someone else said, unless it's enough books that it won't stand just being wrapped in paper, I don't use a box. If I do, I recycle oatmeal, amazon, other boxes rec'd, cut down larger boxes, etc.

Hey, while I'm here and thinking of boxes, does anyone have the link to the "self-made" boxes that "What's his name" posted a while back? You know, the old guy, with the log cabin he built, who was taking care of his ex-wife and called her the "alhiemer gal"? Geez, why can't I think of his name???? He's been offline for a while again, too.

Anyway, he posted a link to some pics to take a piece of cardboard and fold it & nip it to make a mailer for hardcovers, and I have a need for one for a special book. Just hoping someone had the link saved.

ETA: Thanks Michelle!! Yes!  Herbert/Vanderbar is who I mean!



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Date Posted: 7/17/2008 9:31 PM ET
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I've used cereal boxes before for large orders.  I just wrap the outside with a paperback, solid color wrapping paper or my daughters fingerpaint paper.  The saran wrap/paper thing works great if they're similar in size.  I've done 2 bundles and then wrapped them together before. 

Just don't use anythign that had food directly in it like frozen food type boxes. Anything that might have gotten damp at some point or came in direct contact with food. And don't use disquised priority boxes or envelopes.  If they catch it they'll charge the requestor the priority rate on delivery.   

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 10:53 PM ET
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Also, don't use any box that has had contents that require special handling (such as cans of chemicals, sprays, or such) that would have handling instructions on the outside. Even tho you have marked & mailed it media mail, the PO is required to follow any instructions that are left visible, and they would re-rate the postage for the "supposed" contents, most likely Priority.

So, if you picked a box that you'd picked up at the grocer from their used box bin, and it had contained cans of lighter fluid, it would have "flammable" and other such warnings on the outside, and if they were not fully obliterated when you used the box, the PO would have to treat the box as if it had flammable & whatever contents. And the receiver would get a bill with the package.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 10:56 PM ET
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Sherry, are you thinking of Herbert/vunderbar?

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 11:06 PM ET
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I don't use boxes. It adds more weight & makes the shipping way to high.

What I do if I have 3 or more books to mail I first put the books in a plastic shopping bag (the kind you get from Walmart, grocery stores or other stores) then I wrap it in brown paper. I use a lot of tape too.

Never had a problem shipping this way. Do this now with everything, saves on shipping supplies and shipping costs. I sell on Ebay and I use this method too.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 11:12 PM ET
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Jenn -

I picked you randomly, so I'll PM you with this too.  :-)  I saw From Here to Maternity in HC and PB on your WL.  Another site has 6 copies of the PB edition (ISBN 1844880680).  I have points on that site and no use for them.  Want the book?  PM me your address!

Yeah, I know I'm weird.  So?  ;-)

Anna

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 11:42 PM ET
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I really like to use cereal boxes to mail lots of books, because they are so light weight, they don't make the shipping cost go up drastically. I break them down and then refold them inside out, so that there is nothing but plain, brown cardboard showing. Takes a little bit more time, but I hate mailing "busy" looking boxes - I am always afraid the postal worker will have a hard time spotting the label.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 9:08 AM ET
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I used a Honeybaked Ham box once for a large book order:P  Nice sturdy boxes, and they hold about 30 mass market paperbacks.

Oh - and another thing that works well, you can wrap three or four books nice & snug in a few layers of shrink wrap - I use Duck brand because it comes on a big roll with a little cardboard handle on it (I got it at Walmart in the shipping supplies aisle) - and then cover them with brown paper, or plastic coated freezer paper from the grocery store.  If you reinforce the outside really well with shipping tape, it won't come open.



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Date Posted: 7/18/2008 1:43 PM ET
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you do not need to wrap your printed re-used boxes in brown paper.  I mail books in mac & chesse boxes, cereal boxes, etc.  cross out any old addresses and mail. away.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 3:21 PM ET
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you do not need to wrap your printed re-used boxes in brown paper.

I sometimes think this depends on the postal people who touch your package.  USPS says If you’re reusing a box, don’t forget to cover all previous labels and markings with adhesive labels or obliterate them prior to mailing.  Now, normal people think that "markings" means markings, but one guy at my PO has defined "markings" as any kind of print which might be seen as advertising or promoting (by who? got me!).  To him, this includes the print on the original package.

You'd think it would only matter to me, when I send things - if I avoid him, the stuff gets out, and if I don't or can't, he'll make me "fix" the markings problem.  But it also matters to incoming mail, too, because when he spots such packages as he sorts mail, he sometimes SENDS THEM BACK!  Bastard.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 4:45 PM ET
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I have a Mr. Anal Retentive Postal Worker at my home branch too.  Everyone else who works there tells me to just leave my packages at the end of the counter if the lines are long, and I only ever go in there to send out books anyway & always use PBS printable postage.  I stopped in there today, and he went out of his way to let me know that I had left some the other day and they didn't get a chance to ask me "the question", y'know, the "fragile, liquid, or perishable" question.  I told him it would be nice if they just once did something consistently up there, because it really would be nice if when a postal worker tells you to do something a certain way, you can trust that they know what the heck they're talking about:P  Aside from which, I'm in the PO up to 3 times a week, and I think maybe one out of every three trips does anyone actually ask me "the question" anyway:P

On the paper - no, you don't have to use it, but if you're mailing more than one book, that sheet of printer paper isn't going to cover it anyway.



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Date Posted: 7/18/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Michelle, yes, Herbert/Vunderbar is who I meant. Does anyone have the link to the pics he had on making a nice little box for hardcovers. Occasionally, I have an extra special one, that I want to be sure is extra protected, and I can't remember what he might have titled his post to go back and search for  it.

Well, it wasn't too hard to search all of his posts, he hasn't posted much in the past year. I went to his blog too, which I refound by searching his posts, but he doesn't have it on there. I sure wish I'd saved those pics. He made it look so simple and it was just enough to add extra support to a special HC book.

Oh, well, maybe he will pop back in sometime and I can get him to repost them. Thanks, Michelle.



Last Edited on: 7/18/08 9:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/19/2008 12:52 AM ET
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http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=71011

I posted the link in the above thread a while ago.  I couldn't get it to work for me tonight, but maybe someone else can.  It basically gave directions on how to use the flat boxes that cans of food are shipped with -- by cutting & folding and by putting one inside another.  You know the type, they aren't usually in grocery stores, but warehouse clubs just put them on the shelves with these "just bottoms" boxes.

 

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 3:39 PM ET
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Well, until the answer is found, I'll tell you what I do.  :-)  (the link is bad, the images are removed and it's only visible via cache - without images)

Get your book, a razor (I use a handled one so I keep my fingers) and your cardboard.  Put the book on the cardboard and mark the height of the book.  Use the razor to cut off the excess height. 

Now put the book back on the cardboard, about a half inch to an inch from the edge.  Mark the width of the book.  Without removing the book, turn it onto its edge and mark that spot.  Turn it again, onto the back and mark that spot, leaving another half inch to inch space.  Put the book aside. 

You have 3 markings.  Use the razor to remove everything past the third mark - it's excess.  Then take your razor and GENTLY cut two scored lines, using the two remaining marks as guides.  You don't want to cut through, you just want to score the board. 

Pick up the cardboard and turn it over, put the book inside and fold it where the scores are.  IF you have a bubble mailer that will hold it relatively tightly, you're done - it won't slide around.  If you want more security, wrap it in paper or plastic and tape that tightly around the cardboard.

I'll make that with pictures when I get time.  :-)

Edits for mis-spellings... sigh...



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Date Posted: 7/20/2008 5:09 PM ET
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I just received a large hardback from an Amazon seller.  It was wrapped in a sheet of corrugated paper several inches longer than the book.  Taped at the seam, stapled with giant staples at the ends.  Anyone who has a big stapler that can go thru at least 2 layers of corrugated could try this.