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Subject: Please, need help from expert wrappers
Date Posted: 4/10/2009 8:46 PM ET
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I love to offer deals. However, I've been getting several that are 3 or 4 reg. sized kids books and 1 coloring book size book. I'm finding it difficult to wrap these well.  I'd love suggestions from some of you who have wrapped alot.

Many thanks in advance.


Date Posted: 4/10/2009 8:58 PM ET
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Cereal boxes are about the right size for a coloring book size book.  Completely break the box down and fold it around the books with the cereal box picture inside.  Tape everything up really well.  I've also used pocket folders for kids books of that size, again tape up all sides really well.  Just be sure when you use either one to wrap in plastic first, but especially if you use a pocket folder, because if you use a colored one and it gets wet, the dye will run. 

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 9:01 PM ET
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If you have any spare cardboard lying around, you could cut a piece that is just slightly larger than the largest book in the order.  Stack the books on top of the cardboard, if you put the largest one on the bottom and then pile the reast of them up until the smallest is on top (if we are talking mmpb size for some, you may be able to get two books to a layer.  Then wrap the whole stack in plastic wrap to secure them in place (and provide extra protection from the weather)  Then continue wrapping in whatever wrapper you normally use.  Old paper grocery bags work well for these types of packages.

Hope that made sense!

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 9:15 PM ET
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I (mostly) send multiples and I wrap in plastic, find a box (cereal, crackers etc) to fit the books, stuff with newspaper (so books are snug in box), tape box, and wrap in brown paper (grocery bag), with plenty of packing tape (esp. around edges). Maybe overkill, but my books have always arrived safely, (thank goodness). Good Luck :)

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:50 PM ET
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Make sure you don't pack it with magazines or the coupon section.  The post office does not allow Ads to be included with media mail.  They can ding you for first class postage price if they find them.  (And they claim to randomly inspect.)

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 11:55 PM ET
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I usually use the manilla clasp envelopes for mailing.    If I had the five books you described, I'd wrap the large one in plastic wrap alone.  Then the matching sized ones in plastic wrap.  Place them together and the plastic wrap will keep them from shifting around inside the package.   If it is a large number of books, varying sizes, I also add a layer of bubble wrap.

I use storage tape to close the envelope and usually tape all package edges.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 8:09 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/11/2009 10:16 AM ET
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Thanks so much. These are great tips. I appreciate the time you've spent to help me.  This site is so full of great people. I'll take anymore ideas people have also.