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Subject: How do I mail four books together?
Date Posted: 8/24/2010 3:41 PM ET
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Hi.  I'm used to mailing no more than 2 at a time.  I just got an order for 4 books.  Two of them hardcovers.  How do you mail multiples?


Date Posted: 8/24/2010 3:45 PM ET
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If you have a box that would be your best bet. I just received 5 books yesterday and the sender made them into a brick (plastic around the books) and then wrapped paper around to mail.

Date Posted: 8/24/2010 3:46 PM ET
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HI Susan,

When I have multiple books to mail I sometimes wrap them individually and then tape them together. (like a sack of laundry from the dry cleaners)  Or I find a box to fit them in.  There really is no wrong way just whatever works for you and doesn't make it completely impossible for the receiver to open.

Date Posted: 8/24/2010 4:16 PM ET
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If you have a large enough bubblewrap bag, put them in it side by side with two smaller books on top. I would wrap them in plastic either as a block or individually to cut down on them sliding around a creating wear, before putting in the bag.

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Date Posted: 8/24/2010 5:04 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/24/2010 5:28 PM ET
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Thanks for your ideas.  My neighbor gave me a small box to use.  I wrapped each one of them in plastic and then put them together in a plastic bag.  Then I put that into the box and mailed it.

Mission accomplished.  : )


ETA:  Forgot to add, I stuffed the box with newspaper so they wouldn't rattle around.  Thanks for all of your advice.  It's much appreciated.


Last Edited on: 8/25/10 10:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/25/2010 11:01 AM ET
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If I was mailing a mixture of hard cover and paperbacks I would find a box big enough to fit them all.  Then pack the box with newspaper to stop the books from rattling around.  Trying to package different sized books in a paper wrapper would be a recipe for disaster.  The packaging would receive different pressure at different places due to the inconsistency in the size of the books and somewhere along the line the wrapping could tear.

I keep all the small boxes I receive for things I order on-line for future use for mailing books.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 2:00 PM ET
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Though it may be a bit late for the OP, here is an idea: Wrap the books in plastic or bubblewrap. Then take apart a large paper grocery bag and wrap the books in the grocery bag.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 10:53 PM ET
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I've always put the book on top of each other, wrap them up in a plastic bag to keep them waterproof then wrap them up in brown paper wrap.

I sell on eBay & this is how I mail out books.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 11:00 PM ET
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There are plenty of wrong ways to do it! A mixture of hardback and paperback are always tricky. Boxes are best.

Padded envelopes can work as long as the books are all bound together in the package so that they are not sliding at all, and lots of tape is used to reinforce. But I would still make sure to put the address under the plastic with the books so that they still make it even if the package gets ripped. 

Brown paper on hardbacks does not usually work very well (unless you use bubble wrap underneath). Brown paper plus 4 books of different sizes is a recipe for disaster unless you mummy wrapped the entire thing in tape.

Last Edited on: 8/25/10 11:01 PM ET - Total times edited: 1