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Subject: Heavy Weight Books
Date Posted: 11/23/2009 1:07 PM ET
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I have several brand new books I hesatate to post because they are large and heavy. My husband went to an estate sale and brought home 11 cartons of books. I have culled 7 cartons I'd like to post on the swap but geez - postage is killing me.

The large books cost (on avg) $5.50 to mail. So far in Nov. I've paid over $100 to out mail books. The book credits just don't cover the cost. Any ideas?

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 1:18 PM ET
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Well, it's up to you--you can either post them or not. I have sent a lot of heavy hardcovers, and usually they run about $3-4 to mail, and that includes some of the 1000+ page fantasy epics. I don't mind sending them because I have also *received* a lot of heavy hardcover books and I figure it evens out in the end.

According to the media mail postage rates, your books must be REALLY large, like text books or coffee table books...they would have to be 7-8 lb books if the postage was $5.50 each! If that is the case, I would just post a few at a time as your budget allows



Date Posted: 11/23/2009 1:21 PM ET
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Wow - Those must be some heavy books!  Media Mail rates don't reach $5.50 until 9 lbs.

I applaud you for posting these books.  You have made some members very happy because they probably thought that they would never get the books.

Honestly, at this point though my advice would be not to post the rest of the books on  PBS.   I had thought that you might be able to advertise in the Book Bazaar and try to send out more than one book at a time that way, but if these books are really that heavy then even sending them out more than one at a time isn't practical.  The costs would be (using an example of an average of nine lbs. per book):

2 Books (18 lbs.) - $9.01

3 Books (27 lbs.) - $12.52

Frankly, you could buy credits a whole lot cheaper.

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 3:07 PM ET
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It really is nice to put the books in the system, but don't cause yourself grief over it. If it's now too much to handle, then don't feel you need to post them here.

Maybe you can post them for sale on another site and at least make your postage costs, if you don't have anywhere to donate them..

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 4:02 PM ET
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I have some books that I keep and mail out a little at a time. It seems to be easier on my wallet that way because as soon as I post them I know they will be requested.I have a few right now that I will post this week and a couple next week.

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 5:29 PM ET
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What about posting on Book Bazaar something like "choose two books from my shelf, get this big book free".  You'd be getting 2 credits for sending out 3 books in a single package, which would yield more credits per postage spent...

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 5:53 PM ET
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Kim- as pointed out above, even if you get one credit for each book, with really heavy books it STILL costs a lot more than the cost of credits, even mailing together. Her problem isn't being able to mail the books normally, the problem is that the books are so huge. If she were to mail three for two credits, it'd just make the problem worse with books that size. Like, three really big books for two credits would have each credit cost an average of $6 or more to get, whereas sending them one for one would have each credit run around $5-6 for really big books, so no savings there. A bad deal any way you look at it.

I'm with the 'post them slowly or don't post them at all' camp. There's no reason for you to have to post them here if the cost of mailing is too much for you. No PBS member would expect you to go bankrupt due to postage costs over sending out books. If you can't afford it, you can't afford it.

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Date Posted: 11/23/2009 8:39 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I'm with Kim S. I think you could offer it for free with a multi-credit deal of some sort.

I also wanted to say, thanks for sending out those big heavy books.  I am sure that the receivers of those books were thrilled! I also send out some heavies myself, and I always think twice about it because they are so much more expensive, but I just send them out spread apart. Sometimes far apart. I figure it all averages out in the end.

Of course, if the cost is becoming more than you are comfortable with, then don't do it anymore. There is no obligation to trade anything you don't want to!

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 8:41 PM ET
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With these heavy big books, why not try fitting them ino the USPS flat rate priority envelope which costs $4.95 (or $4.85) - it'll get there quicker and cheaper.

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 10:00 PM ET
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I think it is great that you are sending them out.  I have sent 3 in the past few weeks that averaged around $4 plus change.  I have a many more, but I am doing what Connie does and send them out a few at a time.   I feel if I do it now and then it isn't that much of a burden.  I know the receivers are probably happy that you are sending them as well.

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 10:13 AM ET
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I have sent a few coffee table books that have been expensive to mail.  But, really, if I had a LOT of them I'd donate to a library or something.  It isn't worth the money to mail them. 

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 1:39 AM ET
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I would never mail a book that cost $5.50 to mail. That's almost as much as 2 credits. And by the time you do it a couple times, you have added enough extra onto each book to count another credit. You do realize you can just buy credits without mailing any books, and not even have any books on your shelf at all, right? We've had lots of members that for one reason or another don't have any books posted, they just buy credits and order books with the credits.

Does't leave you with a good answer on what to do with those 9 lb books, other than donating them to a local shelter or nursing home or such, but I sure wouldn't mail anymore :)  Just my opinion  ;)

Subject: mailing large books is expensive
Date Posted: 9/20/2010 11:18 PM ET
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Thanks for all the sugestions! I think I will post them a few at a time and just hope my hubbie doesn't notice. Most are text books and large art coffee table books.

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 11:21 PM ET
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I think that the longest anyone's ever taken to come back and check their post for answers cheekyYou are going to make some members very happy getting those heavy books that are rarely posted!