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Subject: Question- I Received an RC - No plastic wrap...
Date Posted: 12/28/2009 6:44 PM ET
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I just received an RC that states that they do not want plastic wrap on their books. It says that it is environmentally unfriendly (which I understand) and totally unneccesary.

My question is that I do not use the paper mailers at all. I received 2 huge boxes of plastic coated bubble mailers last year from Craigslist for really cheap. All of my books are sent in those and my printer has been out of ink for who knows how long.

How would you respond to the RC? Would my mailing methods be okay? I should also say that this RC wass 2 paragraphs long and was preaching to me about plastic. It wasn't just a simple, "please no plastic wrap."

Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 6:48 PM ET
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Too funny. In light of the other current thread.

If it were me (and I am generally an advocate of accepting RCs if possible), I would probably decline this one. because if someone feels that strongly about it, they probably wouldn't like your plastic mailers either.

Although, you could wrap in paper and still hand write the address out, if you are inclined to accept it.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 6:50 PM ET
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They are specifically asking for no plastic, which your mailers obviously are, so I would definitely decline their RC. At least you know that your book is at the beginning of the FIFO line and it will be requested again very soon.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 7:15 PM ET
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Can you accept it and just use the printer paper to send it?

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 7:16 PM ET
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I would decline.  I have a feeling that if you wrapped it in paper and the book got rained on and was water damaged, this person would do a RWAP on you and ask for their credit back.  This person sounds a little too "high maintenance" to me.  There are plenty of people here who could care less about wrapping books in plastic to keep them from being damaged, so I'm sure she will get her book with no problem.  Let it be someone else's problem.

 

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 7:21 PM ET
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I had thought about just wrapping it in the printer paper and hand writting the address, but like some mentioned above, I was worried it might get RWAP if it was received wet or something.

I try hard to work with RCs so I was trying to give the benefit of the doubt.

Thanks for the feedback!

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 7:25 PM ET
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Courtney, by all means, decline if you feel uncomfortable with the condition, but I seriously wouldn't be concerned about the length of the RC, unless you just didn't want to do that much reading:P  I doubt that anyone who spends that much time clarifying that they don't want plastic & why is going to RWAP a wet book, and even if they do, plastic is NOT a requirement, and a damaged by sender RWAP for a book that gets damaged in transit would be improperly marked anyway - as the site owners are well aware.  I'd just wrap it in printer or copier paper and hand write the address, and if you don't have that, recycle a grocery sack or something of similar thickness.



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Date Posted: 12/28/2009 7:28 PM ET
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I think you can just print out the standard wrapper (with the pre-printed address) and use that.  If it gets wet, it gets wet.   It shouldn't be marked RWAP because of that.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 7:30 PM ET
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Her printer is out of ink. Handwritten address is fine if she chooses to accomodate the RC.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 7:30 PM ET
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There are plenty of people here who could care less about wrapping books in plastic to keep them from being damaged,

That was out of line and rude.

Once again, please read the only rule posted above this forum

"Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum."

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 7:44 PM ET
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I would decline...   I wrap in plastic for MY peace of mind as I don't want to take the chance of someone receiving a wet book.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 7:51 PM ET
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I'd decline too.  I use plastic mailers for my books and plastic wrap around the book itself.  We just got 16 inches of snow this weekend.  There's no guarantee that I won't accidentally drop a book in the snow before I get it to the mailbox.  I like it super-protected just in case so it won't get wet before I can get it in the mail.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 8:17 PM ET
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That's an RC that I've never seen as yet. I would decline it as well as I use bubble mailers or wrap them in plastic. There have been so many snowstorms across the country as winter has just barely started. I want my books to get to their receivers dry and readable.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 8:33 PM ET
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I've had one RC asking for no plastic but it was from a member who said she has arthritis and has a hard time getting the plastic wrap off her books.  I accepted and just wrapped it in paper.  This one though I think I'd decline. 

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 8:52 PM ET
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Well, I'd accept and just wrap it in the PBS Wrapper w/o any plastic.   The RC specifically asks NOT to use plastic, so I don't honestly think you'll see a RWAP even if it does get wet.   By all means, if you'd rather NOT just use paper then decline and it will move on to the next member.  :-)

Let it be someone else's problem.

Where does the assumption that there IS a problem even come from?.  Requesting no plastic does not, in any way,  make this member a "problem".  

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 9:42 PM ET
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I would accept as well and just wrap it in paper. But then I don't normall wrap in plastic.  I will if there's an RC asking me to but otherwise I don't. 
I do mostly use bubble mailers or boxes.  I get so many books between here, bookmooch, Amazon and book clubs-I almost always have a mailer to use. But if I just have an MMP to send it goes in the PBS wrapper.  I don't mummify either but I do tape it up well.  I've never had anyone tell me the book I sent arrived wet. I also lived in a heavy sideways rain area for my 1st 2 yrs of PBS and never had a book arrive wet.  I came home the other day to find 2 bubble mailers in the snow and the contents were bone dry.  We had been gone a long time too.  I was only disappointed that I couldn't reuse the mailers.

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 11:10 PM ET
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That was out of line and rude.

Once again, please read the only rule posted above this forum

"Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum."

So telling the truth is now "rude".  My...my.....  Sometimes the truth hurts.

Just read the thread on wrapping in plastic.  If you do you will see that there are lots of people here who have said that they see no reason to wrap their books in plastic. 

BTW, just because someone has shipped X number of books and none got wet doesn't mean it won't happen.  It's also possible that lots of books have arrived wet but the person receiving it didn't complain because they knew that there was nothing they could do about it because the sender is not "required" to wrap in plastic.

I put all my books in zip lock baggies (which the recipient can re-use to send their books, thereby recycling them).  I do it out of respect to the person who will receive the book and I do it out of respect to the book.

Date Posted: 12/29/2009 2:17 AM ET
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Could you maybe tell the "truth" (LOL) that if it plans on hurting anyone here, to please put it's teeth back in before it bites anyone?  Nothing more annoying than getting all set to have the truth bite you in the butt, only to end up being feebly gummed at by lies & half-truths:P

Date Posted: 12/29/2009 2:43 AM ET
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So Kate, are you just going to move over to THIS thread too and be rude? I believe that will make three ongoing threads now where you're having problems with people. 

I'm thinking that someone that gets bent out of shape over some rules but disregards others. needs to be reported. I, for one, will contact TPTB if she pops up on another thread with her antagonistic actions. She's breaking the rules by being discourteous. (Oh, the irony!) lol And she could be making it a tad bit uncomfortable for others. 

And I just realized, you're a newbie. You've been here 6 weeks and already you're chastising people on three threads who have been here for years on wrapping techniques and priority envelopes? Amazing. 

Anyhow, to the OP, I'd just go ahead and wrap it without the plastic and handprint the front. However, if you don't feel comfortable doing that, I'd decline it. 

Since plastic isn't required she can't mark it RWAP so that isn't a worry at all. 



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Date Posted: 12/29/2009 2:52 AM ET
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Where does the assumption that there IS a problem even come from?.  Requesting no plastic does not, in any way,  make this member a "problem".  

You're missing the "thread of the week." Anyone who does not wrap in plastic is all sorts "bad things" and at the very least a bad PBSer. I'm offended and I always use plastic. 

Date Posted: 12/29/2009 6:21 AM ET
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So telling the truth is now "rude".

If you were telling the truth, which you're not.  What you are doing is slandering other members by saying "There are plenty of people here who could care less about wrapping books in plastic to keep them from being damaged".  Which is not true.  It is rude.

Besides, the public has access to this particular forum.  You are so concerned about PBS and the quality of books, why would you post something like that in this thread?  Potential members are likely to come across this particular gem and think that PBSers are rude, inconsiderate, and do nothing more than swap soaking wet books.  Which isn't true, either.

You are all about the truth and rules when it doesn't apply to you.  You've been called out for being rude more than once.  I don't think PBS is the problem, nor do I think the problem lies in members who don't use plastic. 

ETA:  Sorry, OP for hijacking the thread.  I still stand by original post.  I would send the book with just two sheets of paper.  If they specified no plastic, they can't RWAP if it arrives wet.  (Well, I suppose they could.  But that would be plain wrong.)



Last Edited on: 12/29/09 6:22 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/29/2009 6:29 AM ET
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Well, when I hear plastic wrap I think of saran wrap, so I wouldn't worry about the bubble mailer.  I just wouldn't buy a new roll of saran wrap for this person, because it is environmentally unfriendly.

but using plastic you already have (including padded envelopes) should be fine...

Date Posted: 12/29/2009 6:38 AM ET
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I'm with Brittany in that I consider "plastic wrap" to be separate from the mailer.  I would think that either a Tyvec or bubble mailer would be fine just not extra plastic.  If you're in doubt and want to still fulfill this request, you can accept and PM the member to make sure that your mailer is ok or if they would prefer the book just wrapped in paper.

Date Posted: 12/29/2009 11:21 AM ET
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I agree with Britney & Donnatella - 'extra' plastic is bad and that an envelop that could be re-used to send out another book wouldn't be. But I didn't recieve the 2 paragraphs worth of RC, so maybe the Requestor thinks ALL plastic is bad?

Date Posted: 12/29/2009 11:30 AM ET
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I would ensure the book was securely wrapped in paper or manila and send it on its way.  Unless, of course, the RCs were rude, in which case I'd decline without regret.

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