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Date Posted: 7/30/2014 9:39 PM ET
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Kinda remembering a previous post where a member mentioned that clear packaging is more common in some areas (Europe?) for easy verification of contents. 

My first thought was also the durability of the material, some is quite brittle.  Although my first thought is no! I wouldn't want to receive books this way, in reality just because the wrapper is clear doesn't mean it's any less safe lol.  Content tho...some people might have an issue with their smut in something less than 'plain brown' wrapper.  Thinking of the covers on some bodice rippers and/or smut...I wouldn't want to see/share that either!

Date Posted: 7/30/2014 11:28 PM ET
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The only time I care about how a sender wraps a book is if it comes damaged.  They could wrap in tissue paper and duct tape, for all I care, as long as what's inside is in good shape.

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Date Posted: 7/31/2014 1:54 AM ET
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Personally, I would much prefer that books not be mailed using see-through packaging. Regardless of package or book content, I consider this to be a breech of privacy.

Also, even though the requestor is happy with receiving the book, I want to remind everyone that coloring books are not swappable items according to PBS rules.

Here are two excerpts from the Help Docs:

"What can be posted for swapping here?"

Not allowed:

  • Anything that is not a book (this includes calendars, coloring books, blank journals)

and,

"Is my book okay to post here?"

Coloring Books: NO

 

 



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Date Posted: 7/31/2014 2:21 AM ET
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Wow, I had NO IDEA about coloring books not being postable here!  There are currently 176 posted, and I've ordered two in the last month (I care for my 83 year old house-bound father in law, and coloring books have been recommended as a therapeutic tool for him, and I enjoy them as well).   What a sad thing to not allow them here sad.

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As far as being a sad thing to not allow them, it is based on what the Postal Service allows to be sent at the Media Mail rate.  It's not any particular prejudice against coloring books, per se.

Date Posted: 7/31/2014 11:39 AM ET
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I've received books mailed in just a large plastic baggie with the label taped on. It doesn't seem very secure to me, although I guess it is. Something about being transparent seems to me to be less secure, for some weird reason.

Taping over the label is fine, though. I do it on every package, never had any problems with DC scans or arrival.  You are never supposed to tape over STAMPS, though. That's a postal no-no.

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Date Posted: 7/31/2014 12:38 PM ET
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Postal clerks have never said anything to me about labels being taped over. And they've seen plenty of them. They scan just fine. I think they tell you not to tape over them because it's easier than saying not to wrinkle the tape over them, or make giant air bubbles, etc.

Date Posted: 7/31/2014 12:58 PM ET
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Some of the scanners cannot deal with the tape.  The glare can stop the scan. 

I've heard that Australia has media mail in clear wrappers. 

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Date Posted: 7/31/2014 1:01 PM ET
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To answer the OP's question, no, it would not bother me.

Date Posted: 7/31/2014 1:51 PM ET
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I found this list:


Items that can no longer be shipped Media:

1- Activity books
2- Coloring books
3- Comic books
4- Telephone books
5- Catalogs, all types
6- Independent consultant catalogs (Partylite, tupperware, etc.)
7- CD Pictures
8- Blank CDs
9- High School Year Books
10- Church directories, pictures & addresses of members
11- DVDs with computer games
12- Blank DVDs
13- New and Old Magazines
14- Maps single (Map Atlas books allowed_
15- Video Game Cartridges
16- Brochures- vacation home,golf outing, etc.
17- Calendars
18- College Course Catalogs
19- Electronic devices to record books
20- Genealogy/ family genealogy charts
21- Journals with or without writing
22- Kindle software/electronic devices to record books
23- Photo albums/ Picture albums

Here is a link to the details on the USPS website.

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Date Posted: 7/31/2014 3:48 PM ET
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As far as being a sad thing to not allow them, it is based on what the Postal Service allows to be sent at the Media Mail rate.  It's not any particular prejudice against coloring books, per se.

It seems to me that some of the more advanced coloring books, the ones that have text on every page and usually deal with history or something like that, could be permitted. At that point the image is really just an illustration, isn't it?

Date Posted: 7/31/2014 5:01 PM ET
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wow, Patty, that list contains a lot of items that were NOT listed the last time I checked the website.  I wonder when they added so many more things......?

Date Posted: 7/31/2014 5:03 PM ET
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I've received books in clear plastic mailers before. They arrived just fine and were better packaged then some books I've received so no issues for me.

Date Posted: 7/31/2014 5:35 PM ET
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To answer the OP's question: No. It wouldn't bother me.

Date Posted: 8/1/2014 8:51 AM ET
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As long as it is securely wrapped, I would not care if it was sent in clear heavyweight plastic. I have gotten books wrapped in ziplock bags and I far prefer that to getting a book loose in an oversized manila envelope. Don't want a book sent in a transparent wrapping? Use an RC.

Date Posted: 8/1/2014 8:23 PM ET
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The biggest problem I see with the packaging is it is showing the PO that your are shipping a coloring book, so hopefully it didn't get shipped media mail which it wouldn't qualify for and could have postage due attached to it.

I've always put tape over the endicium, the bar code, and the address to make sure they don't get wet and run or get ripped from the package, never had an issue with it. I wonder if the packaging confused the scanner since the barcodes beneath show through too.

Date Posted: 8/1/2014 9:50 PM ET
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Coloring books always seem to be shipped by first class, as was this one; they're typically very light weight.

And it does seem I've received plenty of packages with tape over the entire label, bar codes & all.  But since I'm 'warned' about it every time I sell something on ebay or if I just use the Paypal shipping service (which is what I use to ship out books as well), I only tape over the outer edges and the name/address portion.

Date Posted: 8/1/2014 11:23 PM ET
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I've taped over hundreds of PBS labels & barcodes without problems.  The only incident was my old printer got blurry and the PO scanners didn't read them the first time.  A new ink cartridge resolved that situation.

Date Posted: 8/3/2014 3:10 AM ET
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From Melanie's post,  "I've always put tape over the endicium, the bar code, and the address ..."

I'm sure this was a typo but to be clear for those who are not familiar with the service that PBS uses for printing labels with postage, it is Endicia, not Endicium.



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Date Posted: 8/4/2014 4:02 PM ET
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I tape over my labels completely with 1 layer of packing tape. I have an inkjet printer, and if they get wet, the ink will run. I use the tape to keep them dry as well as to affix them. I use PBS-DC and never had a problem with my bar codes being scanned.

Clear packaging probably wouldn't bother me for most books.

Date Posted: 8/4/2014 4:30 PM ET
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Ink jet printer here.  I always put tape over the address and the numbers, but not the bar code.  The slightest hint if moisture really blurs the ink.  This way the numbers will be on the label if the bar code gets wet.  Would require manual data entry, but still there.

The hand held scanners seem to be the problem with tape.  The sorting hubs can deal with it just fine.  But the older handhelds, or poor lighting and glare, have problems with tape over the bar codes.  (It might very well be operator error.)

My auto spell check really hates the word Endicia.  

Date Posted: 8/4/2014 5:58 PM ET
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I'm sure this was a typo but to be clear for those who are not familiar with the service that PBS uses for printing labels with postage, it is Endicia, not Endicium.

Not that it matters to anyone, spelled wrong or not, I was referring to the printed postage symbol, NOT the provider company. Whether you print from Endicia (PBS's provider), Paypal, Stamps.com, or any of the others, you can put tape over it laugh

 

The Help Center is actually a bit contradictory on this issue. Which shows that it will probably depend on how up to date your area post offices are.:

 

Can I tape over the printed postage?  How about over the DC barcode?

  • Yes, you can apply tape over the printed postage square.  Obviously it should be clear (transparent) tape.
  • The DC barcode will be scannable with a single layer of transparent tape over it.  Wrinkles in the wrapper much more commonly interfere with the barcode scannability--tape is not usually a problem.

 

Is it okay to tape over the Delivery Confirmation bar code?

The USPS says that clear tape is fine over the DC barcode.

  • In our testing, the scanners were able to read the bar code through the tape.
    • This was true if the tape was not excessively wrinkled.
  • However, some members have reported that their Post office scanners were not able to read the bar code through the tape
    • it seems that not all scanners are of equal quality.
  • Why take a chance? With a little planning and forethought, it is possible to secure the end of the package without taping over the bar code.

So...try not to tape over the bar code, but if you have already done so and sent the book, just hope for the best!

Do be sure not to tape over the postage; USPS will not accept this.

  • Stamps applied to tape can also be prone to falling off a package.
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