Discussion Forums - Questions about PaperBackSwap Questions about PaperBackSwap

Topic: ? on boxes used for mailing...

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
Page:   Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: ? on boxes used for mailing...
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 11:10 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2006
Posts: 3,395
Back To Top

I have several sturdy boxes (8"x2" square) that were used by a restaurant to deliver our dinner tonight. They're from Sarpino's Pizzeria. The boxes are totally clean with no stains of any kind. But they do have the pizzeria logo on them. Do you think they could be used to mail books in? They are the perfect size for several paperbacks or even the trade-sized ones. Would you reuse them for this purpose?

Pam

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 11:12 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
Posts: 2,793
Back To Top

I mail things in bubble mailers and boxes that have AMAZON on them with no problem.  

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 11:35 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2010
Posts: 4,315
Back To Top

I've received things in shoe boxes before so I'm sure it would be fine.

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 12:53 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
Posts: 14,177
Back To Top

Yes, if there are no oil or food residue I would reuse those boxes!  But I would also use plastic underwrap.  A+ for creativity!

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 1:01 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
Posts: 15,446
Back To Top

You cannot use any box with alcohol labels on it.  No wine or beer boxes.

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 1:28 AM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2006
Posts: 3,395
Back To Top

These just have the pizzeria logo with some art deco style drawings of several different vegetables on the top. That's mainly why I was wondering, I didn't know if these food drawings would qualify as "food" per say. But I think they should work out fine as there is no alcohol or such labels anywhere on them. Thanks for the advice.

Pam

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 4:02 AM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2010
Posts: 754
Back To Top

I wouldn't use it because the books would probably end up smelling like pizza.  

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 4:14 AM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
Posts: 9,336
Back To Top

If there's a bar code on the box, cover it up.

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 6:55 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
Posts: 1,442
Back To Top

I use cereal boxes to ship hard-cover books.  Would definitely use the pizza boxes if they didn't smell like pizza (and didn't add a lot of weight).

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 6:57 AM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2006
Posts: 3,395
Back To Top

The boxes only smell like cardboard, not food. They contained not pizza, but pasta dishes in smaller, sealed, tin containers inserted into the boxes. So, no food smells or stains. Just clean cardboard boxes. Also, no barcodes.

Pam

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 7:16 AM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2010
Posts: 754
Back To Top

Well, I wouldn't  use it unless you have a really good sense of smell and know for sure it doesn't smell like garlic or food.   Whatever it does smell like is what the books are gonna smell like.   I would only use something that have dry cereal in it, if even that.   I'll be honest, if I got a book delivered in a PIZZA box and it smelled at ALL, (and I have a good nose) I would not be happy.   I understand the need for recycling, but I think there are limits as to what you should use.   



Last Edited on: 5/28/14 7:24 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 1:41 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
Posts: 2,271
Back To Top

By wrapping the books in plastic before mailing in the box there should be no odor transfer, if there was an odor. I would vote for use it.

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 1:50 PM ET
Member Since: 5/7/2009
Posts: 793
Back To Top

I would use brown shipping tape to cover the logo.

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 2:35 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
Posts: 1,442
Back To Top

Question for those recommending covering the bar code - what is the reasoning behind this?  (I've never done it with the cereal boxes, but will start doing this if it's necessary.)

eta:  I always cover the box with 2 layers of  white paper (same thickness as printer paper)



Last Edited on: 5/28/14 3:00 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 2:38 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
Posts: 15,194
Back To Top

I always just scribble on any logos or images with a sharpie.

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 3:01 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2009
Posts: 5,696
Back To Top

It would deeply gross me out if I received them. But I fully realize that's likely my issue. YMMV.

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 3:16 PM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2008
Posts: 2,810
Back To Top

Debbie, the reason I cover or cross out the bar code is so that the post office machines don't read it, assuming it to be the delivery confirmation.

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 3:18 PM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2011
Posts: 708
Back To Top

I used a pop-tart box once. It fit 3 books perfectly!

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 3:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
Posts: 9,336
Back To Top

My understanding is that the USPS scanners scan any bar code on the package.  If there's a bar code that doesn't make sense to the scanner -- or maybe one that does make sense to the scanner, but sends the package somewhere else -- it can mess things up.  I could be wrong, but I believe my postal clerk told me to do cover up non-postage bar codes.

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 4:22 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2010
Posts: 8,398
Back To Top

I just separate most boxes where they're glued together at the seam, turn them inside out, and tape them up really good.  That doesn't really work with shoeboxes, so I just use a permanent marker to line through any writing or bar codes, as my post office asked me to.

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 5:25 PM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
Posts: 30,800
Back To Top

My post office will take any kind of box, unless it is a priority box, or a box that orginally had something in it not allowed, such as alcohol.

Only code bars that need to be marked out are ones that are from the USPO

I certainly wouldn't go to the trouble of turning a perfectly good box inside out. 

I mail books in whatever type of box I have that I think is strong enough.



Last Edited on: 5/28/14 5:26 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 6:07 PM ET
Member Since: 5/15/2005
Posts: 1,328
Back To Top

The post office near my workplace won't accept any box with previous writing or bar codes unless they're completely crossed out. Their reasoning is that if the label is separated from the package, the package will go back to whatever companies' name is printed on the package. The post office near my home is more lenient, but a poster on their wall actually shows a reused package with instructions to completely cross out all the writing and bar codes.

Date Posted: 5/28/2014 6:21 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
Posts: 2,793
Back To Top

If you turn a "product packaging" box inside out you have a clean canvas for the label and postage.  After unseaming there's a bit of taping to do!   I used to do that with Jimmy Dean sausage biscuit boxes.  My husband volunteered (many times) to help me out by buying and eating those.  Now I have a surplus of bubble mailers so I stopped using those boxes.  Those boxes are not sturdy as the cardboard is thin.  So if you need sturdy best to use a real box. 



Last Edited on: 5/28/14 6:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 4:50 AM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2010
Posts: 754
Back To Top

Being a vegetarian, I'm glad I've never gotten I've never gotten a MEAT package with books in it. 

Date Posted: 5/29/2014 6:18 AM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2006
Posts: 3,395
Back To Top

Well, thekoose, the only thing pictured on the boxes is an art deco picture of veggies. No meat whatsoever. Although it does have the name, Sarpino's Pizzeria on it and they do have vegetarian items on the menu. Veggie pizzas, veggie sandwiches, veggie salads, veggie pasta dishes, and veggie sauces. So, would it work then?

Pam


 



Last Edited on: 5/29/14 6:19 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Page: