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Subject: Packing to avoid crushed spine, any ideas?
Date Posted: 7/11/2010 2:07 AM ET
Member Since: 9/4/2009
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Several of my books have a spiral binding so that they will lie flat when you use them for cooking or for crafting.  Is there any way to wrap them so that they won't have crushed/bent/damaged bindings when they arrive?  One book that I ordered has a spiral binding that now lies completely flat; the pages are difficult to turn, and I call it unpostable to another member.   I believe that the damage occurred during the trip to my house, and is not the fault of the mailer.   How can I avoid having any that I send  arrive in this shape?  Thanks for any ideas...I usually use bubble mailers, but that's what the damaged one arrived in!

Jackie

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 3:11 AM ET
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You could try bending a flat piece of cardboard around the binder so that it will have something stiff to protect it from crushing. Then stick it in a bubble mailer.

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 7:44 AM ET
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Mail it in a box.  A good, sturdy box.

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 8:42 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/11/2010 11:44 AM ET
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Thanks for your ideas...Now to find boxes that are big enough to use but small enough so that I won't have to use so much extra padding to keep the book  from flopping around inside! 

Jackie

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 11:52 AM ET
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I like to use cereal-type boxes. They're thin, but sturdy enough once I add a little padding around the book.

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 3:22 PM ET
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Your parcels travel in equipment or containers that are approx 2 feet wide by 4 feet long by 5 feet high.  The maximum weight a parcel can be is 70 pounds.  Now imagine your cereal box parcel is under five feet of other parcels.  I personally don't think that's sturdy enough.  But if you have been doing it and having good results, then I guess it is working ok for you.  But I wouldn't recommend it.smileyyes

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 5:13 PM ET
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I would use a piece of corrugated cardboard folded to fit inside the spiral binding, and another piece wrapped around the binding, then wrap the whole thing in plastic and mail it as usual ( the plastic will keep the cardboard in place). 

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 6:14 PM ET
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You could try bending a flat piece of cardboard around the binder so that it will have something stiff to protect it from crushing. Then stick it in a bubble mailer.

I would use a piece of corrugated cardboard folded to fit inside the spiral binding, and another piece wrapped around the binding, then wrap the whole thing in plastic and mail it as usual ( the plastic will keep the cardboard in place).

What I would do is probably wrap the book in plastic. Then bend a piece of cardboard around the spiral comb, so the cardboard resembles the cover of a looseleaf binder around the book. I'd add some tissue paper /bubble wrap around the spiral comb (pieces of recycled bubble mailer work too) for cushioning and a piece of corrugated coardboard inside the spiral comb and then tape the cardboard to the plastic wrapping of the book with packaging tape. Then stick it in a bubble mailer.

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 4:28 AM ET
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Wow!  thanks for all these good ideas.  I will certainly try some of them to see if this book can make it through the mail safely.  Thanks again, and blessings to you all!

James B. (jbow) - ,
Date Posted: 7/13/2010 10:57 PM ET
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I am fairly new here and after using a few bubble mailers, and figuring up the cost I started looking around and found. http://www.fastpackpackaging.com/news/2009/08/26/how-to-package-books-using-b-flute-singleface-cardboard-rolls/

I am sure alot of people have seen this, but I went ahead and ordered the 12" rolls from U-line. Went and grabbed a heavy-duty stapler (wanted a good excuse to get one anyway), and I have to say it works great. I wrap my books twice and put 4 staples in each end, and it is almost indestructable. Slap on the mailing address and done. I use 24" for each single book. The cost is about 18 cents.

The only negative is the minimum order is 3 rolls (15$ a roll, plus shipping of 22$ = 67$).  750ft of cardboard!  But at 2ft each, I can mail 375 books.

James

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 7:23 AM ET
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If you have a box that holds the book well but is too deep (tall) you can cut it to fit. You just mark how deep you need the box to be, take the book out, then use a sharp knife or scissors to make a slit at all four corners down to the mark. When you've got your slits cut you then open the now-longer flaps outward so there is a nice even fold. Then trim the tops of each flap so that they fold down regular since they'll likely be too long to close your box. Voila! A box to fit your book.