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Subject: Reminder about tape on packages
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 3:19 PM ET
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Just a reminder that it's a good idea to tape over the "to" address on your package.  I received a package yesterday that was pretty wet and torn up. Part of my address was missing.  Fortunately there was enough left to be able to ascertain who it was going to because I am the only person on my street that receives a lot of books.  I send all my books with Paypal postage and make sure to tape over the "to" and "from" and the numbers below the barcode (the barcode translation).  I don't tape the bar-code itself because I was told not to by my postal carrier, but I have heard from others that you can tape over the barcode.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 4:02 PM ET
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Agree,  I always tape over the address and the number portion of the barcode, not the bars themselves.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 4:45 PM ET
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I fully tape the shipping label except for a portion of the barcode.  The lower half I cover with tape, the upper half I do not.

Also, it is a good idea to either put your name/address or the recipient's name/address on a slip of paper tucked into the book.  I use a post-it note and stamp my name/address on that which goes on the cover of the book, under the plastic wrap.  That way, if the book's separated from the wrapping, there's still an address on it to get it back to me.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 4:51 PM ET
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I always tape the entire address label--including the barcode.  I use PBS Postage and all of my packages have gotten scanned along the way without problems.  I make sure that there is only one layer of tape though!

Sarah--that's a good idea about putting the recipiint's name/address inside the package.  I always include the "other half" of the PBS shipping label with my name on it--I think I'll start writing the recipient's address on that as well.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 7:39 PM ET
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I figure as long as one of the addresses is with the book, it'll either get back to me or to the person I'm sending it to.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 8:01 PM ET
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I have an inkjet printer.  Just looking at moisture removes the address.

My postal worker says what you have to be careful of is wrinkles in the tape over the barcode.  That makes the bar code unable to scan.  Thank you PBS for letting me reprint PBS DC bar codes!

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 8:12 PM ET
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My postal worker says what you have to be careful of is wrinkles in the tape over the barcode.  That makes the bar code unable to scan.

That's one of the reasons why I tape over the numbers under the bar-code.  Those numbers are what the bar code is made up of so that if someting happens to the bar code, they can enter the numbers instead.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 8:31 PM ET
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I tape over the whole label including the barcode ... but I also make sure that I have no wrinkles over the barcode part. Never had a problem with scanning.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 8:51 PM ET
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I just received a book that the entire surface was covered by tape.  No way anything was going to happen to that book.  I did have a terrible time getting the package open.  I finally managed to get enough of the edge cut open that I could remove the outer layer of paper.  I was afraid that I would cut the book or myself if I used a box cutter.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 10:04 PM ET
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We call those Mummy books.  Wrapped like a mummy.  What works great is a seam ripper.  As long as you don't use it on cloth after using it on sticky tape.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 10:17 PM ET
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Great Idea Sarah!

Subject: using tape how to get it unstuck?
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 11:21 PM ET
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I'm using  packing tape what  happens to me is that tape ends sticking back to itself..

(if you know what i mean)  if you dont have sharp nails it takes for ever to get the tape unstuck...

any suggestions?

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 1:35 AM ET
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I fold the end over when I'm done using the roll.  Or use the folded end cut off from the last use.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 5:03 AM ET
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Also, it is a good idea to either put your name/address or the recipient's name/address on a slip of paper tucked into the book.

whenever you print the PBS label, there's an 'information for the mailer' part right by the info for the receiver.  when i wrap the books in plastic (most often the plastic bags from the newspaper, i'll tuck that slip inside the plastic,ing do my best to make sure that the mailing address is visible and that there isn't any ink touching the book where it can rub off.

and since this topic started about tape, here's another thing probably worth mentioning.  if i receive a book wrapped in plastic, i'll do my best to reuse that plastic when i need to ship something out.  but if you tape the plastic (especially if it's like Saran Wrap) closed with packing tape, there's almost no way to get the book out without just ripping up the plastic and throwing it away.  if you need to tape the plastic closed, and use regular tape instead, it's almost always easy to peel off so the plastic can be reused.

and another tape/reuse comment.  i will try to reuse most envelopes that i get books in unless they're really beat up.  (though i will tape up any weak spots or small holes.)  if you have an envelope and you write the addresses directly on it, it's very hard to obliterate them, *especially* if you tape over them.  but it's generally super easy to slip an exacto knife underneath a slip of paper taped to an envelope and cut it off.  so if you're going to handwrite, it would sure make reuse easy if you write on a piece of paper and tape that to the envelope instead of writing directly on it.