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Subject: Multiple book wrapping
Date Posted: 6/1/2010 9:46 PM ET
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I have two books going to the same person. I have wrapped them in plastic wrap seperately, and that is as far as I've gotten.

One book is MMPB size but thick (It's Voyager by Diana Gabaldon)

The other is trade size but thick as well.

So....the books are different sizes. I do not have a box anywhere that is the right size to mail them together. I can't figure out a way to safely wrap them either. Anyone have any ideas? I'm thinking I may just have to mail them seperately.

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 9:51 PM ET
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I just received a package like that from someone. They went around the two books a couple times with strong brown paper and taped all edged and corners and the books arrived fine.

If you have a large bubble mailer you can slice it open and then wrap the books tightly and tape the edges and seams.

Use a cereal box or some other cardboard around the house and make your own "box". If you can use a double layer of carboard, all the better.

You can use pretty much any sturdy wrapping/packaging as long as you get enough to protect the books and tape all the edges and corners.

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 10:04 PM ET
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I use plastic mailers and have had no problem mailing 2 different sized books in one.  I just tightly tape it around the books.

I have also cut a piece of cardboard the size of the larger book.  Stack the large book, then the small book, then the cardboard on top.  Use bubblewrap or some packing peanuts around the smaller book (under the cardboard) and tightly wrapped the whole thing in plastic or in a plastic baggie before the outer wrapping.  I got compliments from the receiver on that creative packaging!

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 10:09 PM ET
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I wrapped them in a cheerio's box, and they almost fit perfect side by side! I couldn't close the top of the cereal box, but the books are double wrapped in plastic and I wrapped the whole thing in brown paper with lots of packing tape. I think it will be a success!

ETA- My boyfriend will be confused in the morning when he opens the cupboard and his cheerio's are laying in a bag, missing the box!

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Date Posted: 6/2/2010 12:40 AM ET
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I just use as many sheets of paper plus the PBS wrapper as needed to cover all books in the order, then carefully tape all corners/seams. Seems to work for me, although the packages come out lumpy and odd-shaped!

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 6:55 AM ET
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I usually have a recycled mailer I can use.  I've done the cereal box thing before but I usually dont' have one around because I put cereal in plastic storage containers.  But I've used other boxes from the pantry before.  Sometimes I just go out and buy a bubble mailer.  I mean someone has to originally buy them new for them to recycled.  I don't do it often but I know it's likely that it'll get used several time by PBSers before it's retired. 

Last Edited on: 6/2/10 6:56 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/2/2010 7:51 AM ET
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This is one scenario that makes me cringe when someone uses the "order more from member" button, because almost invariably they order 2 books of varying sizes--mmpb + hardcover or trade. More trouble than it's worth! LOL 

In the past, I've wrapped first in freezer paper, and then use the 2-page mailer and wrap it around as far as it will go, and tape over everything with the strong Scotch brand packaging tape. Now I have a couple different sizes of the Uline mailers and the big one will usually accomodate two books regardless of size. The key is to wrap as snugly as possible to the books' contours so there's no floppy bits sticking out that can get caught in the postal machinery.


Date Posted: 6/2/2010 8:45 AM ET
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Sometimes with two books I will ship them in a priority mail flat rate envelope....cost is $4.95...which is probably close or less to the cost of mailing multiple books media mail...plus you save on the amount of shipping tape you have to use!

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 8:57 AM ET
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You could mail 5 or 6lbs of books for $4.95 media mail-that's a lot of books.  Usually adding just one book to an order only ups the postage by around a quarter.  Atlhough I suppose if you were going to go out and buy a bubble mailer you would spend close to that. I usually just by a multi pack where the mailers only work out to be about .50 each.  Still cheaper than going priority.  Plus then they can't reuse the priority box to mail other books unless they want to pay extra. 

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 1:40 PM ET
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"My boyfriend will be confused in the morning when he opens the cupboard and his cheerio's are laying in a bag, missing the box!"  Lol Cassie, keep him on his toes!!

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 1:46 PM ET
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I wrap the books in plastic (for a lot of books I just put them inside a plastic grocery bag) and then I tape all the books together into a brick (tape around all three dimensions (length, width, and height).

Then I cut open a manila envelope or perhaps a bubble wrapper and wrap the package up like a gift. (so, wrapper tight to the package)

If I am doing more than 4-5 paperbacks in a package (depending on thickness), I will cut some strips of cardboard and use that as an additional stabilizer on the sides of the brick that are book edges.

I also tape all three dimensions of the package on the outer wrapper, as well.

I have been able to package up to about 9 regular size paperbacks together this way.