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Subject: Cheap Tyvek wrap
Date Posted: 11/19/2008 6:20 PM ET
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I have wrapped books in tyvek envelopes that came in the mail to my office.  I cut off the ends and flip them inside out.  I looked for HOURS yesterday to find cheap Tyvek envelopes, but they aren't really cheap.  Does anyone know if  the Tyvek used to wrap houses is the same quality as the envelopes?  If you have a website for cheap Tyvek, would you share it with me please?

Deborah

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 6:22 PM ET
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I don't have  a website but I found them pretty cheap on ebay. 

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 10:17 PM ET
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http://www.associatedbag.com/default.asp?MSCSProfile=DD83D30744BFC7DC8698A7CC0A0E7DCD72CAC0F3C8832D5E8699BFF1A115DFAAC7831A90FF09CF9D9FA7B821DEAD335C0FD2C25246C90251DB0DC8074C9C743DF99E44EEE9AD166EA71AE867CD7DD2E59E837523AA2F44E0B4FC822F2817CEB0A381B70C5399B3EF3C782DB0A7F6DF5E88C866595FA23A5D8063DA624D0DAC0DFA4120F508E2E09B

Associated Bag...pretty cheap stuff.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 10:21 PM ET
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Just don't use inside out priority bags.  I received a package of books that way, and the lady at the PO said that in many places they would ask the receiver to pay the difference! 

 



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Date Posted: 11/20/2008 7:15 PM ET
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Here's one answer I got from someone.  Any FedEx or USPS workers got an opinion or can say if this is true?

Deborah

 

The FedEx envelopes you can get out of the drop boxes are free. I cut them up and use those. I asked both FedEx and the USPS if this is against any rules and they both said it is perfectly acceptable.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 7:29 PM ET
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You can use the FedEx ones but NOT the priority mail ones. 

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 10:27 PM ET
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Deborah, you can go to your local USPS or FedEx and ask them just like I did. They both said it was fine. Trust me. I do NOT break the law.

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Date Posted: 11/22/2008 6:27 PM ET
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Daniel T. - ,
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 6:51 PM ET
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I've never bought from them; however buyonlinenow has 50ct 14lb in the $16-17 range. Associated Bag mentioned above looks reasonable, too. If you're still interested in purchasing, I'd suggest you might want to head over to google shopping, plug in a search and sort by lowest price first.

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 7:56 PM ET
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I got my Tyvdek envelopes from an eBay seller.

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 9:41 PM ET
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Yes. They are fine. The PO told me that I don't even have to turn them inside out, but I do it anyway. Looks nicer.

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 11:25 PM ET
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If you sign up for a FedEx account the terms and conditions state that any supplies or materials acquired from them may not be used for any purpose other than shipping with FedEx, and that FedEx may seek damages against you for any improper, illegal or other misuse of these supplies.  While I never heard of anyone being fined or arrested for improperly using their supplies, technically FedEx supplies are made available for use with FedEx shipping only.  I imagine UPS has a similar condition.

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 12:25 AM ET
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LInda- I went to my local FedEx location and they said it was not against their rules. Weird.

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 8:17 AM ET
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Wow, I want to hear more thoughts and ideas about this subject.  Keep the comments coming.

Deborah

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 8:17 PM ET
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Does anyone know if  the Tyvek used to wrap houses is the same quality as the envelopes?

I don't know the answer to this question but I got a wonderful mental image of how many books you could wrap with the Tyvek that is covering a house!!

 

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 9:23 PM ET
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I think the Tyvek housewrap is pretty darn tough stuff.  I used some to wrap the last chicken house I made before I sided it, and wow it was strong stuff.

 

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 5:50 PM ET
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Wow...I can't believe people deliberately collect  and use envelopes from a different shipper than they are presumably using to send books for this site.  It seems to me that this would (over time) increase the cost of FedEx (or whomever you're getting the envelopes from.)  Note that I'm NOT saying it's wrong to recycle these, or even that it's "against their rules" ...but it seems like it *should* be against their rules to take new envelopes from a FedEx office and use to ship via a different method.  Actually, it seems like theft.  Clearly the envelopes are meant to be used for FedEx shipping by FedEx customers.  Is it really that onerous to obtain shipping supplies by the more "typical" methods, like buying them?

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 6:21 PM ET
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I have expressed my opinion before about taking new supplies from FedEx and DHL boxes, seems like stealing to me too. So here is my question: Why are we not trying to recycle the plastic that already appears in our homes in abudance, instead of buying new plastic to wrap used books?

I used to sort and open my mail over the trash basket, now I do it over a basket I keep on my desk. Nearly everyday the mail holds some sort of mailer that I can reuse to wrap books. Not to mention the wrappers I receive books in.

And rarely can you purchase any non food item that doesnt come with some sort of plastic wrapping. I save it all and use it when I send my books.

If we are keeping old books out of the landfill by sharing them with other members here, why not try to keep some of the plastic out of there too?

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 11:57 PM ET
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