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Subject: Decorating packages
Date Posted: 11/10/2013 1:07 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2008
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Occasionally, I get the desire (and the time) to put some stickers on a book package going out. Just like holiday stuff, or some Hello Kitties, etc. I haven't, because I don't want anything interfering with people getting their packages. Is decorating the outside of a media mail package OK, or is it sort of like "NOTHING BUT THE BOOK INSIDE, MA'AM!!!" I like to think it could bring someone a smile, but not if it delays or prevents their package. Thanks for your input!

Date Posted: 11/10/2013 1:11 PM ET
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YES it is ok.

I do it all the time.

Plus the USPS sells cute bubble wrappers themselves.

I use colorful tape, stickers, write Have a Happy Day and other nonsense on packages I sent.  Not just on media mail but on many packages.

The only thing I am careful about with books is not to add religious stickers or stamps.

Date Posted: 11/10/2013 1:24 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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Or politics.  No religion, no politics. 

I wrap books in maps or old calendars.  I use colored paper, sometimes colored tape. 

(I don't have stickers, the freebies from nature junk mail go to the library kid's craft box.) 

Date Posted: 11/10/2013 1:35 PM ET
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Well, Hello Kitty *is* my religion (and my copilot!) but I am in agreement here. I even have the Hello Kitty duct tape for packages for a special friend I have on here (though she's been on an extended vacay, I think). Glad to hear this seems to be an OK thing. I also think maybe it brightens the postal carriers' days too.

Date Posted: 11/10/2013 3:52 PM ET
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The post office is very clear that they do not want barcodes or numbers.  Confuses the sorting machines. 

That said, do think about how sturdy and colorfast paper is.  I received a book in some thin red holiday paper.  Bleed ink all over the book.  Wallpaper works great, as long as it isn't flocked.

Date Posted: 11/11/2013 1:11 PM ET
Member Since: 4/2/2007
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cheekyI was once told there should be nothing below the shipping address or to the right of the shipping address.

You can go wild on the rest of the package.

(And never use a box that had alcohol in it and has anything alcohol related shown on the box. They won't take it.)



Last Edited on: 11/11/13 1:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/12/2013 6:49 AM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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I put stickers under the address and in the lower corners ALL the time on Raok packages and envelopes I send to PBS members. I sometimes mail as many of these as 8 a week and always go to the PO counter........ postal workers have not said BOO about it.

Last Edited on: 11/13/13 8:03 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/12/2013 8:51 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2010
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I re-use bubble envelopes for PBBS, so I often use stickers to cover old return addresses or other "left-overs".  Never had a problem.