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Subject: A question about wrapping in plastic . . .
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 8:57 AM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2009
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Hey, all!  

In another thread I read that a couple of ppl thank senders when they've rec'd books wrapped in plastic b/c they appreciate and want to encourage this kind of wrapping.  I see that they stated that it isnt' required but greatly appreciated.

As a newbie, I don't really know what you mean by "wrapped in plastic."  I would like to wrap as securly, neatly, and safely as possible the books I send but w/o adding a great deal to the cost of shipping.  So, I'm curious, what is meant by "wrapping in plastic?"  Is this a special kind of mailer plastic or something like cling wrap? 

God Bless!


Date Posted: 12/4/2009 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 2/19/2009
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Hi Rebecca,

Welcome to PBS and the Question board! Wrapped in plastic means wrapped in any kind of plastic to protect the book from getting wet. Some use Saran Wrap, cut up plastic shopping bags or dry cleaner bags. Some use Ziplock baggies. Be careful NOT to use the press and seal type of plastic wrap, it is too sticky and can ruin the book. Be creative!


Date Posted: 12/4/2009 9:31 AM ET
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Regular cling wrap works fine, just dont use the Press and Seal. That sticks to covers and causes damage to the book when it is removed.

I wrap all of my books in re-usable stuff that I get my books in, and other material that makes its way into my house. The bag my newspaper comes in gets cut in half, lengthwise and can cover two books before the outer wrapper goes on. Supermarket plastic bags get cut up and I can cover 4 or sometimes 5 books. Magazines come in plastic wrap in the winter and they get re-used also. This week the celophane that was the outer wrapping on the box of holiday cards I opened got recycled too.

Re-using material to wrap books helps me to save money and helps books get to recipients safely, but it also helps the environment. Now when I open my mail, I do it over the basket I keep on my desk. Everything that I can re-use to wrap books goes in there. Then when I get a book order, I match the material to the book size and wrap it. The only thing I have to buy is packing tape.


M.E. (ryenke) -
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 9:55 AM ET
Member Since: 1/6/2009
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I don't think the plastic wrap adds to the cost of shipping - and it can save a book from abuse, weather, and other unlpeasant circumstances on it's trip to the recipient. 

Welcome to PBS! 

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 9:59 AM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2009
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Thanks, Guys!  That's good info!

God Bless!

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 12:40 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Welcome to PBS Rebecca! 

I fold the 2nd sheet of mailing label (lower half of multi-book label) and place it inside the book, than wrap in recycled plastic before applying outer wrapper & packing tape.  Since the 2nd sheet is already inside the book (as emergency addy if USPS damages the outer label) I use a scratch paper or blank printer paper under the outer mailing label...if that makes any sense?