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Subject: Media Mail & Wraper question
Date Posted: 11/30/2007 1:22 PM ET
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The books I have sent out have been either trade paperbacks or hardcovers, thus making it almost impossible to wrap with 2  8.5X11 pieces of paper. What I have been doing is puting the books in bublewrap envelopes and folding the page of directions to sender and receiver and including it in the package. Is this legal? I assumed it would be, but I'm not sure.

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 1:58 PM ET
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Yes, Jason, it's okay to include that slip of paper with the media mail. It can be considered a packing slip, and also, the allowable inclusions for media mail changed with the rate increase. I'll edit to post them here.

Well, the actual allowed inclusions section is rather long, so here's a link to the entire section. The instructions for sender would be 4.3d DMM 173 (Media Mail)



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Date Posted: 11/30/2007 2:48 PM ET
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If you wanted to go back to the paper method - what I do is use both pieces of paper to wrap around the bulk of the book and then use about 1/4 of a third sheet of paper to tape on to each exposed end.  Works every time.

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 5:49 PM ET
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I just started using this site and here is what I have done to the couple of books that I have mailed so far.  I bought a package of 8x11 brown envelopes, think I paid a couple bucks for the package.  Then I wrapped the books in serane wrap (just incase the envelope gets rained on ect..) and stuck it in the envelope, fits very nicely. I even mailed a larger hardcover book in one, worked just fine.  Then I just taped the wrapper paper on the envelope. 

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 8:43 PM ET
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I've used 8 1/2 x 14 or 11 x 17 size paper to wrap the larger books.  We have these at the office and they are being used so infrequently that our Facilities Administrator was thrilled that I could make use of them.  It was just sitting around gathering dust. The 8x11 manila envelope Shellie (SewMuchFun) used also works for me. 

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 11:06 PM ET
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My printer is on the fritz so I haven't used the paper yet. I just buy padded envelopes, address them and mail'em off.

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 10:15 PM ET
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You don't have to use the PBS wrapper. I don't.  I bought some vinyl type envelopes off of Ebay.  Lately I've been using some large manila legal size envelopes I've had for ages. Gotta move coming might as well use them. I use the 1 page label option.  I cut it and half and put the invoice part in the book.  I wrap the book in plastic wrap.  If I have some of those plastic air bags from a package, I cut one end off and use that as a cover for the book.  Put the book in the envelop and then fold it to provide another layer of coverage.  Tape sides to secure and voila.  I received a book from another PBS wrapped like this and said to myself "finally a use for these envelopes".  I also received a book one time wrapped in an old outdated map.  When I receive a book in an envelope I open it carefully so I can use it again.  You'll find you get pretty creative. 

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 3:10 PM ET
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Stupid Question: Can you use just a regular cardboard box? (For example, to mail multiple books)

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 8:55 PM ET
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Yes you can, but be sure to pad the books and use plenty of tape, ect.

Date Posted: 12/17/2007 4:19 PM ET
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Aimee, please be aware a cardboard box may be rather heavy and can easily push your books into the next pound.  I've used empty boxes that were in the 9-10 ounces range  and pefer not to use them unless I'm mailing out multiple books. 

Date Posted: 12/17/2007 4:31 PM ET
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I had a multiple order to mail today and used a cereal box-got the idea from here. Someone ordered 3 books from me, one a smaller hardback.  I offered them a tradesize unpostable I had.  The only boxes I had were way to big or way too small. But they fit in the the larger size cereal box just great.  It did push me over the 3lb mark and added some to the postage by the time I covered the cereal box.  But it still only cost $3.50 for MM to mail 2 thick paperbacks, 1 thick & lamenated tradesize and a hardback.  When I weighed the books by themselves they were under 3lbs. They just wouldn't fit in any of the lighter weight envelopes I had. But the postage cost wasn't that much of a deal and I got 3 credits for the order.

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 11:36 AM ET
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i have been recycling other envelopes and also using paperbags when i have those ... or i just use regular computer paper with it covered in boxing (brown) tape

Subject: the large priority mail envelopes
Date Posted: 1/17/2008 5:53 PM ET
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I take the large priority mail envelopes that they give out free at the post office, turn them inside out so the print is on the inside.  then I fold all excess closly to the books and slap on the address label.  It's lightweight, waterproof, hard to tear dang near indestructable.  I only use this for multiple books...4 or more...it can hold a lot...six easy, maybe more.

 

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 12:15 AM ET
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Devra - i you are caught doing that, the person receiving the package will have to pay the priority rate.    PRIORITy mail envelopes are for priority mail ONLY - inside out or not!!   

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 9:03 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/18/2008 10:00 AM ET
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I just use the brown grocery bags inside out.  I wrap the books in plastic and use lots of tape on the outside as a waterproof sealer.  You arent supposed to use the free priority mail boxes or envelopes for anything but mailing priority.  I think the post office considers it stealing - they are only free to use as priority mail.

Subject: dang
Date Posted: 1/19/2008 10:03 AM ET
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well, i won't be doing that again...thanks for the heads up!