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Subject: Dumb question, but How do I mail more than one book?
Date Posted: 3/21/2008 10:04 PM ET
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I know how to mail one book at a time, but what do I do for more than one book?  Do I need to mail them seperately or do I need some kind of special packaging (box, padded mailer, etc)??  I have a couple of unpostable books I might want to put on my page, but I have no idea how to mail them?



So they will mail packages like that?  I thought that if it was bigger than one book then you had to do priority mail box or something like that.  Also about how much is the postage for 2 or more books wrapped like that?

Last Edited on: 3/21/08 10:44 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/21/2008 10:14 PM ET
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There are all kinds of ways to do them.  This is what I do.   I put the books (even if different sizes) in a plastic bag and tape them TIGHT so they are like a brick.  Then I cover them with brown paper from a bag and wrap like a Christmas present making sure I tape ALL edges and corners.     Then tape on the address and send it on it's way.    

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 10:24 PM ET
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Not a dumb question at all!  I sort of do it the way Cozi does.   If the books are the same size, I stack them on top of each other, wrap them in plastic (cut up grocery store bags, dry cleaning bags, zip lock bags, etc.),  and then wrap them in wallpaper (the wallpaper shop next to my office sells discontinued rolls for 25 cents).   If I have a bubble envelope that they'll fit in, I use that.  I've also been known to use cereal, rice, candy and Easy Mac boxes!



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Date Posted: 3/22/2008 4:47 AM ET
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Making them "like a brick" like Cozette says is essential.  After wrapping the books in plastic, I run a length of tape all the way around the stack, and then run another length of tape all the way around  at a 90 degree angle to the first length, so on the top of the stack, the tape looks like a plus sign.  (Sounds like that's what Cozette does, too.)  You don't want any slippage inside the package, since the package can tear apart if the contents are shifting.

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 6:44 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/22/2008 8:07 AM ET
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I've had 3 orders for more than one book.  The biggest one was for 5 books.  So I used a medium sized box from Amazon and wrapped each books separately in plastic wrap first.  The plastic wrap keeps books from sliding around.  Then after I put them in the box, I put those "air pillows" that Amazon uses as packing cushions to fill in the spaces left that the books don't fill.  That box of books is solid now.   For the others - they were 2 books each and I wrapped each in plastic so they wouldn't slip, then wrapped them with a 10"x13" mailing envelope that I cut to open on the sides leaving the end attached(making a long peice of paper.  Then I placed the books on top of each other and wrapped them length wise with the opened envelope.  Used a LOT of tape.  But it seemed pretty secure and tough!

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 10:31 AM ET
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Either more wrapping(lots of brown paper and tape works)--or if you have boxes laying around those work(I always have boxes from Amazon_-well usually, I'm packing, so my life is hunting boxes right now).  The wrapping works better if both books are the same size--otherwise I'd use a box. 

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 1:06 PM ET
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It isn't a stupid question at all, Karrie -- I know from experience that some members mistakenly have the belief they have to mail each book separately, which isn't true.  You can save a lot of postage money on multiple orders wrapped in one package when using media mail.  You do NOT want to use a priority mail box for books, unless you want to pay priority mail prices (which are much, much higher than media mail).  You can use other boxes for media mail though -- recycled shipping boxes, sturdy shoe boxes, etc. 

I get poly envelopes from an eBay seller recommended by a fellow PBSer, in 2 sizes, that usually covers me for MM paperback and larger books/orders.  If it doesn't, I break out boxes or brown paper shopping bags to wrap in.  Please do consider a waterproof layer underneath, particularly now as half the country seems to be under rain, snow and/or flooding.  A recycled newspaper bag made all the difference in one book I got this week being perfect and intact vs. being a soggy mess to be thrown away.





Date Posted: 3/22/2008 1:23 PM ET
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I have actually mailed up to 3 books at a time.. I wrap them each in plastic wrap. Then I wrap them all together in 1 peice of plastic wrap. This way the plastic wrap sticks to each book and they aren't sliding around. I then put brown packaging paper that I get from my Dollar Store. I wrap them tight like a Christmas Present and I tape the heck out of them! They stack up really nicely and they are tight and not sliding around. I have had to mail some books out in a box because of different sizes. I have not figured out how to wrap them real tight with them being different sizes. Just remember to make them tight and tape them well. I have actually had my Post Office Lady get a little upset with me because of all of the tape that I used on my books. She couldn't find anywhere to stamp the "Media Mail" stamp on my books! :)

Subject: Mulitiple book orders.
Date Posted: 3/23/2008 11:42 PM ET
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The biggest order i had to mail so far is 4 books and I happened to have a large size bubble mailer that was perfect fit.  I use either freezer paer, brown grocery sack, wall paper,or if it is the right size, I use bubble mailers.  I also reuse bubble mailers when ever i get one that is in good enough shape after i get the book out of it.  Use plastic....just a suggestion!

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 9:38 AM ET
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I do a lot of box swaps for up to 4 books at a time, and most of the time I use either manila or Tyvek envelopes.  The key is to make sure that the envelopes are taped to form fit the books so that they're not sliding around inside the envelopes.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 10:16 AM ET
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Thanks for all the ideas.  I've had the same question myself -  not that I've had to mail multiple books - yet.

I'll be ready for the time when I do get multiple requests.  Again, thanks!