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Subject: How do I do a bulk mail?
Date Posted: 11/19/2009 6:19 PM ET
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I know this is probably a dumb questions (because, yes, they do exist), but I have a request to mail 3 books to the same person. Do I wrap them separately or put them in something? How do people usually mail that? Oh, and they are heavy...I think all three are hardcover.


Date Posted: 11/19/2009 6:32 PM ET
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You will definitely want to mail them all together, it will cost you less than half to mail it bulk vs as singles. The system should automatically default to printing a bulk wrapper. I use the 3rd option with the label on the top half and the receipt on the bottom.

If you have a box that would be the best for 3 hardcovers, protects the corners from the postal gorillas. Then just cut of the receipt portion and put it in with the books and tape the label portion on the outside of the box. Pad the books enough so they can't move around and make sure the box is taped securely closed so the books don't end up busting out of a weak spot.

Date Posted: 11/19/2009 7:01 PM ET
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Definitely mail them together to save money. :)

If you are mailing 3 books as a deal -- ie not receiving 3 credits for 3 books-- you can

  • obtain the person's address by clicking "Print wrapepr" for the officially requested book
  • go to the page for the 2nd and 3rd book, and use the "mail to a friend" feature
  • this will generate a Bulk wrapper for all three books, remove the books from your shelf, but keep track of what you've sent out via PBS

Finding a bubble mailer that fits three hardcover books is tricky. Best bet is to find a box that fits all three, as Melanie said.:

If all three books are the same height and width (not necessarily same thickness), I might:

  • wrap each book in plastic (eg grocery bag)
  • protect the corners by cutting a piece of cardboard to the same width as the thickness of the hardcover book and tape it around the corner, so it covers the thickness of the book (so you can only see the L-shaped edge if looking at the cover face-on)
  • use packing tape to secure all three books together, so it becomes a big brick (hence the need to wrap the books in plastic, you don't want to tape on the book itself)
  • wrap it up with a brown paper grocery bag (turned inside out, if there are logos) with plenty of packing tape at every seam

Good luck! I love packaging challenges, so feel free to PM me.

Last Edited on: 11/19/09 7:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/19/2009 8:53 PM ET
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If they paid a credit for each book it should have put them on a Bulk Order-then you print 1 label for them all.  I use PBS-DC on bulk orders when there's more than 1 credit at stake. But you don't have to use it.

Just find a box you can put them all in and take them to the post office. It's much cheaper to mail them together even if they are heavier books.  Each book would be at least 2.38 to mail seperately whereas together they will probably only be $3-$4 depending on how heavy they are. It only cost me about $3.50 to mail out 4 super thick Outlander paperbacks.

Date Posted: 11/19/2009 10:31 PM ET
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I mailed three HCs by first  printing a copy of the address and put it inside of each front cover.  And then I wrapped each in plastic bags and put each book into a separate tyvek mailer and then taped down all corners and flaps and then taped all three together by taping around both the length and width and making sure they were securely joined together.  Then I put the regular PBS label on.  It's a lot of work but you could still tell they were books (so they wouldn't need to be opened to be inspected) and if they got separated they might still individually make it to the destination.  Not quite mummified, but fairly sturdy, I think.