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Subject: A close call for this book
Date Posted: 5/9/2011 1:51 PM ET
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I received a hardcover in the mail today that had been mailed from the west coast.  It was wrapped in a single sheet of white paper, with only the most basic amount of scotch tape holding it together.  One end was completely ripped open and the other end had large holes in the corners.  Fortunately, the book was not damaged.  I pm'd the sender thanking her for the book and gently (I think) suggesting that she use more than one sheet of paper and use packing tape when sending her books.  She doesn't have a profile, so I don't know how long she has been a member.  It's a WL book with other people still waiting for it, so I am very happy it wasn't damaged and I will be able to send it along after I read it.

Date Posted: 5/9/2011 2:43 PM ET
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I had one like that recently, the book was sliding in and out of the wrapper, I was amazed that it made it to me, and undamaged.  I PM'd them gently and they relied that they appreciated the feedback.  I know I would have.

Date Posted: 5/9/2011 3:38 PM ET
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I've had a couple of unbelievable wrapping jobs like that.  I always PM the sender with a gentle suggestion.  In both cases, I never got a response.

Que Sera, Sera.


Subject: Wrapping job????
Date Posted: 5/9/2011 5:44 PM ET
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I received a larger HB book in a manilla envelope. It was held shut??? with the metal things you pole though the hole then spread apart...but it had broken, so it was helpd by imagination. It got to the house in one piece.

Date Posted: 5/9/2011 8:25 PM ET
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LOL , I got a book that was wrapped with brown paper and taped with white sticky name tags--sans names, and some scoth tape. It was not hard to open. I was glad it was from my same state and got to me before it fell out.

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 2:09 PM ET
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Scotch tape is specifically noted as inadequate in PBS 'wrapping instructions' so I would be sure to note it's use in 'Comments' when logging the book in.

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 3:34 PM ET
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I once receved  15 hb. Nancy Drews in just the printer paper. It was wrapped into 2 parcels and taped together. The paper had torn  and the end of one book was mutilated but I was suprized thet that was as bad a the damage was.

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Date Posted: 5/10/2011 11:15 PM ET
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USPO usually refuses any package closed only with scotch tape.  It should have been refused at the counter---oooohhhh, probably wasn't mailed at the counter. Hmmm, I wonder why they would put it thru the system knowing it was inadequate to meet their requirements ( and probably wouldn't make it in one piece to the recipient)  ???   Seems they would return to sender to be wrapped properly.

Date Posted: 5/11/2011 6:11 AM ET
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 It should have been refused at the counter---oooohhhh, probably wasn't mailed at the counter.

No, it was mailed at the counter.  It has the USP postage sticker on it.  I did get a pm from the sender yesterday, saying "OK, thanks", so hopefully they understand now how to properly wrap a book.

Date Posted: 5/11/2011 12:04 PM ET
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Sometime at the first of this year, I recieved a WL book (hardcover) that was mailed in a basic manila envelope.  My RC states that books need to be wrapped in some kind of plastic to protect against the weather.  So I received just the book in the envelope; no plastic or anything to protect the book OR to help cushion the book.  It was very loose inside the envelope, and I'm surprised that it didn't get caught in one of the machines.

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Date Posted: 5/11/2011 12:05 PM ET
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I also just now received a book with PBS wrapper only, ripped open along two edges.  I cannot imagine how my book stayed inside the wrapper, and arrived to me undamaged as well!  Lucky, lucky!!!  I also sent a mild note to the Sender, thanking for book and suggesting packing tape edge reinforcement.

Subject: No complaints
Date Posted: 5/11/2011 2:07 PM ET
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I must have had the good luck to receive all the books I had requested meticulously wrapped and shipped. Great posters.

Of course, I have other gripes, it very often takes a  reminder to prompt requestors to mark books as received and it takes forever to get books from  Wish list.

Date Posted: 5/11/2011 8:06 PM ET
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There must have been a big sale on scotch tape somewhere...I got two this week wrapped in brown bags and a minimum of scotch tape. One was torn in several places but okay, the other wrapper was torn in 4 places and the book was damaged , it looked as a piece of the tape had come unstuck..but definitely stuck in a piece of PO machinery, chewing up the book corner.

Subject: wrapping
Date Posted: 5/11/2011 8:13 PM ET
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I also received a hard cover book  last week that was in a manila envelope w/o any plasticwrap or tape;  just 3 address labels on the flap. The envelope was torn open at the edges.  Thank God I pick up my mail at the PO, so it didn't get wet getting to my house!

Date Posted: 5/11/2011 8:50 PM ET
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I received a trade paperback a month or so ago that had the single sheet of the PBS wrapping folded around the book, whch covered all but the ends, so the sender put several straps of magic mending tape across each open end of the "package" - I'm astounded it arrived at all.