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Subject: Packaging audio books on CD's for mailing
Date Posted: 2/23/2009 3:57 PM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2005
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How do you package your audio books on compact discs for mailing?  I just hate it when I get one in the mail and the packaging box is pretty much crushed.  By the time a box of CD's has been mailed by two or three members, the box is crushed and mangled. 

The original packaging boxes are usually not substantial anyway and even mailing them in a bubble or padded envelope doesn't keep them from getting sort of flattened when mountains of mail are piled atop them.  I try to save right-size boxes if they're not too heavy to use for shipping. 

Other than using boxes, does anyone have any other ideas on how to ship them and keep them from being flattened?

Thanks, Jan

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 12:37 PM ET
Member Since: 6/9/2007
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Hi Jan,

I can't remember where I got the thin sheet of styrofoam from, came in some gift box. Anyway, it is real thin styro and I've made a sandwich of the CD between the two thin sheets. Just gives it stability and firmness when all is placed inside a padded envelope. Maybe even taking some of those filled air bags and putting styro empty cap shaped (not peanut shaped) on either side of the CD would help?

I tell everyone at work and relatives to save me any padded envelopes they get  in the mail.  I don't ship in the PBS sheets, I use at the very least manila envelopes.  I also save the air filled bags that come in with Staples supplies, deflate them and use them to wrap over paperbacks and audiobooks instead of gladwrap to keep them dry when mailing. 

I know it sounds a bit wasteful but you might try using two padded envelopes, smaller inside a larger one. 

Anyone else?

Debbie

Subject: Try a thick piece of cardboard
Date Posted: 3/28/2009 2:16 PM ET
Member Since: 12/4/2008
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I've tried bubble envelopes and such, but you really need a substantially strong piece of cardboard to protect these things from getting crushed.  Your best bet is to put them into a bigger box and add packaging material. I save a lot of my Amazon small boxes for this purpose.  Generally doesn't add much, if any, additional postage.

Stephanie