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Subject: Mailing an audio book CD
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 2:06 PM ET
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I am  about to mail my first audio book CD.  I was just wondering if anyone has any special ways of packing an audio CD book so it won't get damaged during transit.  Any hints or tips would be appreciated.   I probably should add that the book CD is brand new still in the factory shrink wrap, so I really don't want to open it up.

Thanks!

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 2:10 PM ET
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I haven't done it, but it sounds like it should be OK. Check at 'Swap a CD' to see how they recommend shipping.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 2:18 PM ET
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I've sent a couple audio books on CD out.  I wrapped them in some bubble wrap that I had and then placed them in a bubble envelope and taped the sides down tightly--just like I would with a book. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 2:24 PM ET
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I wouldn't go with the Swap-A-CD suggestions: they recommend you mail the CDs without the jewel cases, which would mean you would have to take them out of the wrapper.

I've mailed CDs and DVDs in bubble mailers with the sides taped down so there is no slack in the envelope, or with the bubble envelope cut down to custom size fit the disc(s). That seems to work fine.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 3:02 PM ET
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I use cardboard boxes, such as cereal boxes, to stiffen the packing.  So the cardboard goes next to the case, under the bubble envelope. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 3:18 PM ET
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I use bubble mailers & have never had a problem.  If the item wasn't sealed, I'd say add some padding to the inner circle that holds the CDs in place (if the CDs are in a jewel case). 

However you decide to mail it, make sure that it's padded (if you don't have bubble wrap, you could try paper towels or newspaper) and make sure that the envelope/mailer edges are taped down so that the audio book doesn't float around in an oversized package. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 4:07 PM ET
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I send out a lot of audiobooks.  Usually I will find a box to mail them in and cushion them well with plastic bags or whatever packing material I have on hand.  I frequently use cereal and other clean food boxes (food boxes that had contents bagged inside). 

Today I couldn't find any boxes that weren't way too big-so I used bubble mailers.  The mailers were huge so I trimmed them a bit and then used the trimmed pieces as extra cushioning. 

I'll usually buy DC for audiobooks since there's 2 credits at risk. I will also try to bump it up to 1st class if it isn't too much more. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 6:11 PM ET
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions.  You guys are great!