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Subject: Mailing in bulk, how should I do this?
Date Posted: 8/19/2007 9:08 AM ET
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I am sending out 6 books to one person.  Should I send them in a box?  Or separate them into smaller envelopes?  If I send them in a box, how do I do that?  Do I have to wrap the box in something special?  Or can it just be a regular box?  Or do I have to buy a special box from the PO?  I just don't know the best way to do this?  Help please?!?!?!?!?!

Date Posted: 8/19/2007 10:00 AM ET
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Rebecca, putting all the books in one box to one address will probably be the most economical way to mail. I usually recycle an 'Amazon' box--I've got so many of these laying around the house :0 ). Just be sure to pack the books securely so they don't rattle around. You can use papers as stuffing (I'd wrap the books in plastic wrap first if using newspapers. Sometimes the newsprint comes off.), or plastic grocery store bags. Be sure to pull off or black out any labels on the box you use.

Date Posted: 8/19/2007 10:00 AM ET
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Mail in a box - tape the PBS mailer on the outside - tape well - that's all that is needed.  No extra paper is needed on the outside of the box UNLESS there are bar codes on the box - those either need to be blacked out or you can wrap the box - brown paper bag works well  - Remember packing/mailing tape is your best friend!  lol

IF they are small books you might put them in a plastic bag - tape the bag so it makes the books solid like a brick - wrap with brown paper bag - tape like crazy and mail

The PO does not care what you mail it in as long as it's wrapped well.   

Date Posted: 8/19/2007 10:01 AM ET
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Also, if you're sending media mail, make sure it's not a Priority Mail box (new or re-used).  USPS doesn't allow you to use priority mail boxes for anything other than priority mail, but I"m sure you already knew that. :)

Date Posted: 8/19/2007 10:15 AM ET
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Thanks guys!  You all have been so helpful, I was worried to death over this.

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 6:40 AM ET
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I got some in a shoe box once.  Also, five skinny paperbacks came to me in a Hungry Man Dinner box turned inside out.  Six y.o. DS really got a kick out of that one!

Date Posted: 8/21/2007 8:07 AM ET
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We receieved a box of books that had been packed in a Valentine candy box. It was the type of box that originally held individual packs of candy.

My darling son was TICKED OFF to find books in the box! LOL

Date Posted: 8/21/2007 4:45 PM ET
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If your postage for sending all the books at once would be close (or higher) to the price of a Flat Rate Priority box, provided they all fix inside, do that.  It will get there quicker and it might be cheaper.

 

Date Posted: 8/21/2007 5:19 PM ET
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Ange, it won't be anywhere near close in price, you can mail over 30 books and still be under the cost of priority (well, unless they are 30 hardcovers!) I recently did a couple large quantity orders, and didn't come close to the $8.95 for a priority box.

Btw, cereal boxes and the like are great for small quantities of PBs. You can usually get 6 in one. I always wrap them in plastic before putting them in there, just for that extra security and for rain.



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Date Posted: 8/21/2007 6:29 PM ET
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All of the above are really great ideas.  I once was at a loss for a box and so I wrapped 3 books in one envelope and 2 or 3 in another and then taped the two envelopes together for one package.  Then I taped the hay outta it, like a brick.  I think tape is the key.

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 10:49 PM ET
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I got a book shipped in a granola bar box once.  Sometimes it is just too convenient to use what is laying around.  Of course, I also save all bubble mailers that are still in good shape when they reach me :)

-Layne