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Subject: Question - for those that use bubble mailers
Date Posted: 8/9/2010 9:21 AM ET
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When you use a bubble mailer do you still wrap in plastic?  And do you tape the edges down - going for that "brick" look, or do you just seal the envelope?  Just wondering b/c I bought some to use to make sending books easier but then I am still wrapping and taping.  I had my first "damaged in the mail" and now I am worried.  Thanks.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 9:44 AM ET
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I don't use plastic if I use a bubble mailer but I do tape the flap down and any edges or areas that don't seem completely secure.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 9:57 AM ET
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I don't use plastic either, but I tape the flap down and add some tape to the corners.

Laura M. (LMM) - ,
Date Posted: 8/9/2010 10:13 AM ET
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It depends how well the book fills the mailer.

If it is really loose, I still fold up the mailer and tape--going for the brick. If it is a good fit I just reinforce the flap and call it a day.

I definitely don't wrap in plastic if it is a plastic lined mailer.

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Date Posted: 8/9/2010 10:15 AM ET
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I do still wrap in plastic... I've had many of those bubble wrappers arrive torn in a spot or two, & the plastic still protected the book inside, so I do the same for others.  Especially since a lot of the bubble mailers get recycled & we have the Samsonite gorillas handling our media mail!  (No offense intended to any of our postal workers out there... ;)  But sometimes those machines really do chew up packages!)  I usually tape it closed, then run a little tape over the areas where the book edges are if it's a recycled bubble wrapper.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 10:23 AM ET
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I receive a lot of bubble mailers punctured and torn.

I do still wrap in plastic inside a bubble wrapper. And, when I reuse them, I try to wrap them as tightly as possible around the book. Sometimes, that is just in the height direction, sometimes both height and width. And then I make sure to tape over the old punctures and rips. Sometimes I even cut open a bubble mailer and use it as if I am wrapping a present.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 10:48 AM ET
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Any loose floppy edges raise the chances that something is going to get torn/mangled/devoured by the sorting machines.

I sometimes use bubble mailers and padded mailers. If the book is a snug fit, I'll just use tape on both ends to reinforce the flaps. If there's extra room, I'll either fold over the entire mailer and tape it all down, or I'll cut it down to size then tape everything.

From what I've gathered seeing various types of packages delivered to me, snugness and protected corners seem to be the keys here.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 10:56 AM ET
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I reuse most bubble mailers that I get sent to me, so when I put the book in I will wrap it up like a brick with plenty of tape around the edges to protect it.  I do not wrap in plastic unless the mailer has a tear or puncture then I'll wrap the book in plastic and seal up the tear with tape.  I don't like throwing anything away until it's used to it's fullest!

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 11:04 AM ET
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The main thing I do is tape the flap and tape the envelope to make sure it fits tightly around the book. 

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 1:05 PM ET
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Still use plastic...

If the book is a snug fit, I'll just use tape on both ends to reinforce the flaps. If there's extra room, I'll either fold over the entire mailer and tape it all down, or I'll cut it down to size then tape everything.    +1

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 2:37 PM ET
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I usually don't use plastic with a bubble mailer--but I do tape the sides and corners going for the brick look.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 4:54 PM ET
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I'll still wrap the book in plastic. After I seal the envelope, I'll use additional tape over the seal.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 5:10 PM ET
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I use plastic as well, I've had too many arrive punctured and torn.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 7:03 PM ET
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I snag the expensive bubble mailers from work and re use them. They paper on the outside and plastic over bubbles inside. Never had a problem with them. But I re-cut the flap so it always fits over the top. Those plastic bubble mailers are silky and seem to be (A) Hard to write on in ball point pen cause they smear, and (B) slide around postal equipment and holes poked in them. If I wrap in paper I bag the book, if I re-use a bubble mailer I usually won't bag it... unless it goes to Alaska, such as one I sent out last week.

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Date Posted: 8/9/2010 7:13 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/10/2010 8:43 AM ET
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I put all my books in "no-name" zip loc baggies........most of the time I am shipping in reused bubble envelopes. I tape the open area well along with any worn areas/corners.  This has worked great for me so far!!!

Date Posted: 8/10/2010 4:27 PM ET
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The more books I send & receive, the more frequently I use plastic under everything.

I reuse alot of bubble envelopes, and like to tape the flap and any areas that appear to be thin or showing wear.  I usually have enough mailers waiting to be recycled that I can choose an envelope that doesn't have much excess room around the book (otherwise I'd consider folding it down closer to the book).

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Date Posted: 8/12/2010 2:30 AM ET
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I always stick the book in a plastic grocery bag first, then fold the bubble mailer if needed to make sure the book is not going to move around. Then I seal the flap and edges with tape. I've got it down to a science :)

Date Posted: 8/12/2010 1:30 PM ET
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I do not wrap in plastic when using bubble envelopes and I always seal the flap with tape.  If reusing the envelopes, I will often tape them to be a more secure brick looking package especially if they have had puncture marks from a previous mailing. 

Date Posted: 8/14/2010 1:52 PM ET
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I use saran wrap with bubble mailers.  If the book's a loose fit, the saran wrap kind of sticks to the bubble interior so the book is held snugly and doesn't get damaged knocking around during transit.  If it's a tight fit, I find it's usually hard to get the book(s) in without causing some damage to the edges and corners going in first.  Plastic protects the books either way.  I always fold over and tape the flap so it's tight, and sometimes run a strip of tape down the opposite edge depending on how much wear and tear the mailer's seen (I reuse).  I don't bother taping or making the other 2 edges tight.

Date Posted: 8/14/2010 11:26 PM ET
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I just received a shipment in a bubble wrapper today.  It contained 2 mmpb & 1 trade sized pb which weren't wrapped in plastic & the mailer (which looked new) was punctured.  I live in bone-dry SoCal so potential water damage wasn't a problem but one of the smaller books could have fallen out if the hole had grown a bit larger.  Holding a multi-book shipment together is another consideration for including plastic when you ship, even in the summer.

Edited for clarity (I received a book shipment in a bubble wrapper, not a shipment of bubble wrappers!). Sheesh.

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Date Posted: 8/16/2010 3:47 AM ET
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I still use plastic wrap with bubble mailers. How much tape I use depends on how many times the package has been reused and what kind of shape it's in.