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Subject: Packaging bigger books
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 1:06 AM ET
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So how do you package bigger books?

I have a book that is requested that is  11"x8.25"x0.50". Is there big enough bubble mailer to buy at a store or use the brown paper.

How would you wrap/mail this?


Date Posted: 2/4/2008 11:01 AM ET
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there is a large bubble mailer that is 11" on one side, can't remember the other dimension.  you could also put it in a plastic bag and then wrap it in brown paper (cut up a grocery sack).  If you wrap it in paper make sure to take the edges/corners well so that it doesn't get torn.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 1:55 PM ET
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If it's a hardcover, you should go with the bubble or padded envelopes so the corners don't get beat up along the way.

Paperbacks have more give, so as long as you wrap it well, it should be fine if wrapped as described above.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 3:16 PM ET
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Thanks for the replies.....it is a paperback.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 5:16 PM ET
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Also, you could use inside out wrapping paper with lots and lots of tape.  I've done that before.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 6:42 PM ET
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I use wrapping paper sometimes too but I don't turn it inside out.   I kinda think it's neat that my books look like a present when mailed.    It doesn't matter so much what you use to mail the bigger book as long as it's wrapped well AND taped well.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:53 PM ET
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What I do now with a lot of my books is put them in a grocery bag (the plastic kind that you get from Walmart, Kroger and all those big chain stores) and then I tape that up good. Next I'll get some large over sized printer paper (we got ours at Walmart) and I'll wrap the book with that. I usually use like 3 sheets so it is thicker than just one sheet. Doing this will allow you to wrap any book just about any size.

The reason I use a grocery back is because once in the past someone complained that the post man left the package I sent outside and some animal PEED on it! This ruined the books. So I now make sure all my packages are protected with some kind of plastic covering. It works too. Someone told me it rained outside really hard and the package was left on their porch. They rarely use their front door and it was outside for days and out about 3 packages mine was the only one not ruined. Made me thankful for all the work I put into packaging the books. lol Plus all the tape I use. ; )


Date Posted: 2/4/2008 9:31 PM ET
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Great ideas everyone!

I mailed out one book today and waited on the bigger one until tomorrow so I could figure out how to ship it. Glad I did.

Thank you!

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 9:49 PM ET
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ok one more question.

When wrapping a book do you tape the whole thing or just all the seams. I'm not used to shipping books.

I don't know how easy they are to tear open.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 12:42 AM ET
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Unless I'm using a box, I always make sure to tape over edges and corners and, of course, I tape over the name and address for added protection.   I use the same method whether  I use a bubble envelope or some sort of wrapping paper  -  it only takes a few minutes and is well worth the added 'insurance' that your book will arrive safely.  If you wrap with paper (grocery bags work well), do use Ashley's suggestion of first wrapping in plastic -either a grocery bag, bubble wrap or plastic wrap (like SaranWrap).  It provides moisture protection as well as added padding. But, above all, corners and edges NEED tape!  Just be sure that nothing is taped to the book itself.  Once you get the hang of it, it's fast and easy.  Welcome to PBS!!

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 1:06 AM ET
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Thanks Anna That helps!

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 12:17 PM ET
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i used cardstock to wrap my books rather than regular printer paper. it is more sturdy.

i like the idea of putting them in plastic bags. ill have to start doing that from now on