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Subject: concern about the plastic bag I used in shipping.
Date Posted: 1/8/2014 11:23 PM ET
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A book that I sent was received.  The recipient didn't like the plastic bag I used for the inner wrapper (it was a new/unused clear zippered bag that has "biohazard" printed on it) and suggested I not use that type again.  What the hell!



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Date Posted: 1/8/2014 11:48 PM ET
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Eh - I know you are just venting, but why let another's opinon mean so much to you?

Maybe she objected but you did nothing wrong.   Don't let her waste your time and energy with her negative words.

Date Posted: 1/8/2014 11:55 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/9/2014 12:10 AM ET
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I tried to order a book from you because it would be cool to receive a book wrapped in a biohazard bag. I'm so sorry that I couldn't find a book that I could use!

Don't sweat the small stuff.

I've often wanted to mail books wrapped in pooper scooper bags, but realize that others don't share my twisted sense of humor, lol.

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 8:07 AM ET
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Media mail can be opened and inspected at any time, unlike First Class mail. 

Seriously, I wouldn't want to be the sender or receiver of a book wrapped in something labled "biohazard" if that book had been inspected and someone at the P.O. freaked out. They would have no way of knowing right off that it was clean and unused.

I'm all for recycling, but I think there's some things you just shouldn't send through the mail. Anything marked "biohazard" on an inspectible item would be one of them.

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Date Posted: 1/9/2014 8:40 AM ET
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I would be a little freaked by a "biohazard" label as well.

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 12:37 PM ET
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Sorry but I wouldn't want to receive anything in a biohazard bag either.

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 1:11 PM ET
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On the other side, I might be a little put off if I received a book in a Bio Hazard bag.  I know it's not been used before because????

yes

It's a little disturbing.

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 1:13 PM ET
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I agree with Cindy. I have received inspected Media Mail before. They open up your package, take a look, and then reseal either with tape or a ziplock bag, after putting in a notice that your package was subjected to their random inspection.

One of the first questions the P.O. always asks when I'm mailing a package is whether or not there is anything liquid, perishable, breakable, or hazardous enclosed. Having something with a label of "biohazard" on it, even if it's just a plastic bag, is NOT a good idea, IMO. 



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Date Posted: 1/9/2014 1:50 PM ET
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Interesting spectrum of views.  Food for thought.

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 2:31 PM ET
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I would RWAP it- damaged by sender, because I wouldn't even want to touch the book.  I would know that the biohazard bag is clean and unused  how????  I wouldn't find it to be cute or funny.   

That's one thing to store your own stuff in unused biohazard bags, but's it's another to send a book wrapped in it to someone else.  That's taking recycling too far.   



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Date Posted: 1/9/2014 2:35 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/9/2014 3:01 PM ET
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When I ran drug testing collection sites for the military for 6 years, the PO told us to NEVER use any of the supplies marked "biohazard" for any other purpose.  Yep, if that mail had been inspected, it probably would have been incinerated!

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Date Posted: 1/9/2014 3:01 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/9/2014 3:06 PM ET
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When I ran drug testing collection sites for the military for 6 years, the PO told us to NEVER use any of the supplies marked "biohazard" for any other purpose.

This makes perfect sense. You can't tell by eyeballing it whether it's an unused bag or covered in drug resistant hep c.

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 7:11 PM ET
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I was the one who received that book.  Here is exactly what I wrote to the sender:

The member to whom you shipped your book 'Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2011 Classic Shirt-Pocket Edition' has sent you this personal message.

Thank you for the book. The plastic biohazard wrapper though was just a bit disconcerting. I think you should not use this type of plastic wrapper, just a suggestion. Thank you. 
Her reply:
The bag is just an empty, unused bag: it is what I have in a large supply in my office. Sorry it startled you.
I was not being mean or nasty.  Those bags are not intended for such a purpose as mailing items in.  It had a big orange Biohazard symbol on it, along with the words frozen, refrigerate, room temp.  Then Fisherbrand SPECIMEN BAG.  In this time of terrorism I would not even dream of using such a bag to mail a book or anything inside it.  
Date Posted: 1/9/2014 8:15 PM ET
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I looked around for postal regulations and couldn't find any specific to this issue.  What I did find was that I should "X" out the biohazard symbol, which makes sense.  

I see that the bag could create discomfort/worry since the receiver doesn't know it is unused.  Protecting the book in transit was my intention, not upsetting the recipient.

I've used them in shipped packages for years on another swapping site.  They are basically clear ziploc-type bags (used to transport sealed urine specimens, etc, to the lab) not the red biohazard trash bags used for infectious or contaminated medical waste.

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 8:28 PM ET
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Marni, it was thoughtful of you to seal the book in plastic.  If you've got a stock of those bags you want to use up, you could probably quell any concern by just adding a quick note about it being a new, unused bag.  I'd be perfectly comfortable getting such a bag with that kind of explanation. 

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 8:35 PM ET
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That is a great idea.  Thanks.

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 8:58 PM ET
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If I got a biohazard bag in the mail, I wouldn't want to open the bag either. Ziplock of the plastic bags at the grocery store would be better options. I prefer getting books without any plastic though.

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 9:15 PM ET
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Marni, I would use the biohazard bag for mailing and not think twice about it. If I received the bag on a book, I would think it was a good use for an unused bag. I'm surprised that anyone would think that it had been used.  But that's just me! wink


 

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 9:46 PM ET
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I agree with Carol! If the bag did not look used or smelled unpleasant, I wouldn't think twice about it. I would be more appreciative at the fact you thought to seal the book for better protection as I do the same! 

Date Posted: 1/9/2014 9:55 PM ET
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I would take some flourescent colored duct tape (we have a bright pink roll) and over the biohazard part put some with on it write "this bag was never used" or something like that. Then the word is covered and there's a note for the receiver.

 

Date Posted: 1/10/2014 12:50 AM ET
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"I would RWAP it- damaged by sender, because I wouldn't even want to touch the book."

Well, that's a bit drastic, imo.  Should not have a credit refunded on a perfectly good book.  A simple PM, like Priscilla sent would clear up the matter and would allow the sender to explain the use of a new/unused (though perhaps disconcerting) bag.  Seems like putting some masking tape or other stickers over the "biohazard" wording would be good, if using the bags in the future to prevent postal concerns or recipient worries.

Date Posted: 1/10/2014 3:06 AM ET
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I'd rather not receive a book in a biohazard bag.  You have no way of knowing what was in it.  Even if it looks clean, the recipient wouldn't know.  I wrap in plastic wrap (like you buy for food), and one box can seal tons of books.  It's cheap and works.

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