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Terry E. (Tear) - ,
Subject: Plastic mailing envelopes?
Date Posted: 5/12/2010 7:50 PM ET
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Does anyone know where I can find these to buy?  I get things in them and think they would be great to mail books in.  What do you think



Date Posted: 5/13/2010 7:07 PM ET
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Is this what you are thinking of?


Date Posted: 5/17/2010 12:59 PM ET
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Personally, I use the small bubble mailers from the Dollar Store.  They're two for $1.25 and I love them!  Very easy to use and they keep the books in good condition. 

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 9:45 AM ET
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I would love to see envelopes designed to be reusable.  I reuse most of my paperback swap envelopes but wouldn't it be nice if all envelopes were made to be recyclable? Think how much less waste that would generate?

Terry E. (Tear) - ,
Date Posted: 6/1/2010 4:01 PM ET
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What a wonderful idea!

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 9:40 AM ET
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That is a great idea.   Here's a thought for PBS:   http://www.demco.com/p-lightweight-nylon-mailing-bags-1.shtml

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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 6:46 PM ET
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I wonder if inexpensive cotton material, like the kind I use for quilting, would make a good book reusable book wrapper?  I think packing tape would still stick to it, and it could be lined with re-used plastic bags.  What do you think?

Date Posted: 7/4/2010 10:05 PM ET
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You can buy polymailers on Ebay pretty cheap.  I just bought 40 of them for $6.95 shipped.  That'll last me quite a while.  The seller is umailshop

Subject: plastic mailers
Date Posted: 7/16/2010 9:17 PM ET
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I use the envelope-type plastic bags that I get when I order clothing online, stores like LLBean and Lands End ship their items in sturdy plastic bags that make good mailers.  Cheap and a good way to recycle!!   I save all the ones I receive.  Nice for wrapping books.



Date Posted: 8/7/2010 6:43 PM ET
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I just bought 200 poly bags, 100 in 6x9 and 100 in 10x13 to ship in and it cost me 21.75 total, since the seller combined shipping on E-bay.  The seller was Up-Scales.  I don't know what they'll be like, but they are supposed to be "tear-proof" self-sealing and very high quality.  I'll wrap my books in some packing (grocery bags, bubble wrap, or whatever else I have), then put them in the bags.  I'll let you all know how these turn out.  I've been using bubble mailers that I bought from E-bay, but I"m nearly out of these, so I thought I'd try this (they're much smaller to store).  I would recycle bags like Patricia, but I never order anything in the mail that I get in bags, everything I get is in boxes, it seems. 

Subject: Plastic mailers
Date Posted: 11/19/2010 9:00 PM ET
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I use FedEx envelopes (free at the store)..  I turn them inside out and cut them down to size.

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 1:37 PM ET
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I buy mine from Ebay seller threerb.

Subject: mailers
Date Posted: 11/22/2010 5:56 PM ET
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I always pick up a few when Walgreens puts them on the 3 for a $1 coupons. and pick up more than one size.  I also us the heavy mailers that comes from my mail order pharmacy when I get my quarterly meds.


Date Posted: 1/24/2011 2:40 PM ET
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Stacy, I'm not sure fabric would be a great wrapper. I think it would be hard to wrap a book tightly enough, which means it would be likely to get snagged on something. And once fabric starts tearing, it tears pretty easily. I'm not sure whether it would tear more easily than paper at that point, but I think it would be harder to repair later (for another use) than paper is. A bit of packing tape can take care of a small hole or tear in paper, but I don't think the tape would stick tightly enough to fabric.

Come to think of it, I wouldn't trust my mailing label to stick on fabric, either.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 5:00 PM ET
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An idea if you want to go cheaper:

When I go grocery shopping I ask them to bag the groceries with paper bags. I wrap each book several times with any plastic bag I have on hand for padding (and water proofing), then wrap it like a present with the paper bag. I usually can get 3 books wrapped with only one bag.

I've gotten several compliments on it too lol.

The paper can be recycled and the plastic bags reused. :]

Date Posted: 3/3/2011 1:59 AM ET
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I have been using a sheet of printer paper that has already been used (maybe twice- i put used paper thru my printer all the time) for the second sheet needed to wrap a book, and plastic grocery bags for an inside wrap. That saves me from throwing out that bit of clutter- whoever gets the books can toss it! Of course I also reuse any envelopes I get in the mail. Be flexible, be cheap.

Date Posted: 3/3/2011 3:18 PM ET
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These are wonderful ideas, I learned a lot from all of you.  I sometimes get caught up in the moment and actually BUY envelopes from Staples - Horror!  Now I have new sources and ideas on how wrap my books.  Thanks

J B C. (TheMimi) - ,
Date Posted: 5/6/2011 9:46 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2007
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I've seen it all.  Used envelopes; used file folders, cut and taped up, double and triple used paper, you name it, I've probably seen it.

I have three favorites: 1. Uline envelopes - super lite weight so they don't add to the postage and push a lower priced first class book into the more expensive and slower media mail; 2. plastic wrap and sandwich bags taped up to keep wrapping costs down and my most recent favorite, 3. cheap plastic tablecloth cut into size and wrapped books like gifts [keeps weight down too].

I use whatever is working today for this book at this weight to get it out fast.  Want all my books to fly-away to a new reader to be loved.


:D TheMimi

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 6:31 PM ET
Member Since: 3/30/2011
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I use a ton of different mediums for book wrapping...my preference is to just reuse the manila envelopes/bubble mailers, etc that I get my books in until they can be reused no more. When I'm out of those I use recycled paper grocery bags or the yards and yards of brown paper packing material that Amazon so unnecessarily uses sometimes. That stuff works wonderfully! It's perforated into rectangles that can be used 1 for a smaller book or two for a larger book. The other things that I've found to be awesome, but it takes a little longer to come by, are the printer paper wrappers that I get from my office. We use Hammermill brand paper and the wrappers are very waxy so any water will just roll right off it. My puppy knocked one book wrapped up in it out of my car into the rain and mud and it came away completely unscathed since both the water and the mud wiped right off. Something to think about. :)


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Date Posted: 6/3/2011 2:38 AM ET
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The other things that I've found to be awesome, but it takes a little longer to come by, are the printer paper wrappers that I get from my office. We use Hammermill brand paper and the wrappers are very waxy so any water will just roll right off it. 

Great Idea!!!   yesenlightened

Date Posted: 6/8/2011 11:53 AM ET
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I use bubble wrappers (3for$1. at Walgreens) when I can.  I also use grocery bags and reuse plastic mailers that I receive.

I have also used cereal boxes and K-cup boxes.  You turn them inside out and they will hold 2 to 4 books. The cardboard protects the books from abuse by the postal service.

I like some of the other ideas I have read here.  I will have to try them.

Date Posted: 9/2/2011 5:53 PM ET
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Thanks for all the ideas.

Subject: plastic bags
Date Posted: 9/11/2011 4:56 PM ET
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I found mine looking on the internet for plastic mailing bags  They were about a penny apiece.


Date Posted: 10/2/2011 8:16 PM ET
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I typically reuse all bubble mailers that I come by. Some members also wrap in brown paper and I reuse that too. Another cheap way to wrap books it to use a manilla file folder, wrap around the book, and tape the ends down like a present. Manilla folders are cheap. Maybe 50 for $4 is around what i've found. They last forever too.

Date Posted: 10/4/2011 3:32 AM ET
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I use the pages of old atlases.  The pages are thick and large.







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