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Subject: Help with shipping multiple books
Date Posted: 7/20/2007 8:03 PM ET
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What is the best way to ship multiple books? I am sending out 3. Should  wrap them in paper? If so, suggestions please. I am lost. Otherwise, should I put them in a mailer.

Thanks so much for your assistance!

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 8:09 PM ET
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I typically use Bubble mailers if I send more than 1 book to an address. If they are the exact same size, the paper (w/ plastic under) works, but that rarely happens.

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 8:15 PM ET
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I put each book in a baggie, like a ziplock, and then in either a bubble mailer or large tyvek envelope; with LOTS of packing tape, not scotch tape.  I always get comments about my great wrapping!  Whichever way you do it, make sure each book is wrapped in plastic first....NEVER PRESS & SEAL!  That can stick to a book and ruin the cover.

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 8:50 PM ET
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What does the baggie or plastic wrap do? Sorry. I am new? Can I just but them in a bubble wrap envelope?

Date Posted: 7/20/2007 8:58 PM ET
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Yes you can just put them in a bubble envelope, but the plastic layer on the book gives it a little extra protection against rain.  There have been many   instances where bubble envelopes (or any envelope) gets torn by the post office in a machine.  If that happens, the book can get wet in a rainstorm. 

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Date Posted: 7/21/2007 1:03 PM ET
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I've received multiple books whre the sender wrapped them in saran wrap then wrapped the stack with a paper bag and taped the heck out of it (luckily because my post office eats stuff!). seems like they went around 2-3 times with the paper bag then around with tape. I've also had them in bubble envelopes as well as those 'regular' clasp envelopes with lots of tape.those barely got here though

Date Posted: 7/21/2007 1:07 PM ET
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I have used heavy brown paper (clean grocery bags are the best).

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Date Posted: 7/21/2007 1:49 PM ET
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make sure that whatever you use - paper-grocery bag-envelope-box that the books aren't able to move. that's how a lot of the packages get torn. Also make sure you tape really well at the corners - I've received quite a few that are torn there.

Date Posted: 7/21/2007 2:00 PM ET
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If i pack up a bunch of mass media paperbacks, then i stack them neatly, wrap in plastic, tape the heck out of it so the books dont move around, then wrap that in a paper shopping bag or in thick plastic (like from a department store), tape the heck out of that... then after ensuring that i can smoothly run my hands over the package (pretending to be a mad postal machine) i tape the label onto the stack. no one has told me that the books never made the journey, or that they didnt make it in one piece.

 



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Date Posted: 7/21/2007 10:25 PM ET
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Thank you everyone for all of your suggestions!!!!!

Date Posted: 7/22/2007 5:55 PM ET
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Good info... we had a multi shipment in a shoe box.  

Wrapped only inside w/ S-wrap and the lid taped shut.   Label on the top and made it here on good shape.  Thought we'd pass it along.

Date Posted: 7/22/2007 10:37 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/23/2007 2:59 PM ET
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I generally do the same thing as CocoCee and it never has a problem making it through the USPS intact.  In the past, I also sometimes pack in a box and fill the empty space with foam peanuts.  But with the increase in postage, I'm less likely to box as that usually pushes it to the next pound.

Date Posted: 7/23/2007 3:14 PM ET
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If you ever order from Amazon or B&N, they send you the perfect sized boxes for mailing 2-3 books.  I always save those and then (along with packing material) use them for shipping multiple book orders.  It makes the weight a bit heavier, but not by much, and you know they will arrive safely.