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Date Posted: 6/14/2010 9:34 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/14/2010 9:43 AM ET
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Thanks for the info share.

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 8:01 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/15/2010 8:45 PM ET
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   Ordered some from them (and they take Paypal)!  Thanks for sharing this site.

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 10:42 PM ET
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Yeah ... I can get 6 rolls of packing tape for $6 from the dollar store.

The one near me has name brand tape, too.

I also pick up plastic wrap, etc for wrapping books there too. One dollar equals 100 feet, which wraps about 85-90 books.

And, then I just use printer paper for most books, and for the rest, I just recycle wrappers sent to me.

My average cost to wrap a book is less than 10 cents. A little over a penny for the plastic wrap, a little over 2 cents for the paper, and about 2 cents for the tape.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 1:09 AM ET
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Lol Sara...Miss Efficient!

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Date Posted: 6/16/2010 5:50 AM ET
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Dollar Tree tape here too. Everything else I use is recycled from stuff that finds its way into my house. I am amazed at the amount of packaging that I used to throw away. I now keep a basket by my desk and open the mail from there. EVERYTHING that I may be able to use to wrap books goes in the basket. I alway use plastic inner wrapping on my PBS mailings, and havent purchased plastic products in years.


Date Posted: 6/16/2010 12:11 PM ET
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Add me to the group that only spends money on tape.  I prewrap using the plastic bags the newspaper is delivered in (never ending supply, get one or two everyday). and I wrap using recycled packaging from the books I've received.  I once bought 4 polyvinyl mailers at the dollar store, 2 for $1,  for larger book orders, and still have 3 left.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 4:12 PM ET
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I recycle mailers when I can. I also put my books in plastic sheet protectors and tape the open end closed. I have a surplus of these from my homeschooling days. My husband works at a factory and they change out the rolls of tape on the packing machines when they gets close to the end and he brings me the leftovers. So I don't have to buy anything unless I am out of mailers. I am afraid though that not many people are able to recycle my mailers because I go a bit overboard with the tape.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 5:32 PM ET
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Forgot to mention, I did buy some new scissors, with nice pointy ends for getting under that packing tape edge.

And I have a sharp little exacto knife for the same thing, just in case the scissors wont work. But I didnt buy the exacto knife for PBS, just had it from some project or another in with the crafting supplies.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 11:18 PM ET
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I'm going to second Scott here -- I've ordered mailing envelopes (I use their polyvinyl bags, unpadded, rather than bubble envelopes) from that vendor via eBay several times (same folks as the website) and have been very pleased with their prices and the protection they provide to books, particularly from water and snow.  The poly mailers are even cheaper, they averaged about $.07/envelope last time I bought them.

I do reuse materials sent by others when I can -- boxes, bubble envelopes, etc.  -- but when I can't, these work beautifully.