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Subject: Boxes to mail books
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 9:33 AM ET
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I am offering a deal at the "Book Bazaar" and have gotten a few orders.  I was looking on the USPS website and they have boxes free of charge, but they say "Priority Mail" on them.

Can I use these for Media Mail and if not, do you know if they have free boxes for media?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 10:12 AM ET
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No, you can only use those to ship with the Priority Mail rates.  (They're free because they know they'll get the cost back in the higher shipping costs.)  (The same goes for reusing those boxes.)

The post office does not offer free boxes for Media Mail, but you can probably get some free boxes from your local drugstore or grocery store.  I volunteer in a food pantry, and I noticed recently that the boxes Dove uses to pack its Skin Vitalizer product were just the right size for me to ship my Christmas gifts in, and they didn't have much writing on them for me to worry about.

Hope that helps!

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 10:34 AM ET
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Thanks so much for the double info!  I appreciate it.

Happy New Year!

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 2:39 PM ET
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Also, you might want to start saving any boxes with books that are delivered to you. I didn't when I first joined, but started to a few months later. I have accumulated quite a few and keep them in the basement. Also, I have received some books delivered in cereal and cracker boxes turned inside out. You could even use brown grocery bags and cut them up to make a brick out of the books. Just some more ideas.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 12:05 AM ET
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What Dana said, don't use (or re-use) Priority Mail boxes for any other mail rate.  Other boxes recycle fine, except alcohol or other non-mail safe products. 



Last Edited on: 1/1/10 12:06 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/1/2010 10:52 PM ET
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another idea is to use a UPS or  Fedex boxes   they are also free and you can use them to send via the  postal service

the post office will take them

I know i did this once with a  UPS bubble pack -sent the package  via the  USPS and it got there...

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 2:42 PM ET
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another idea is to use a UPS or  Fedex boxes   they are also free and you can use them to send via the  postal service

They are providing these boxes as a service to their customers, not as a "freebie" to someone who is too cheap to buy their own boxes.  Using these boxes for anything other than their intended purpose is tantamount to stealing.