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Subject: Ridiculous Wrapping
Date Posted: 1/23/2008 7:27 PM ET
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Ok, has anyone else had to deal with insane wrapping on their books? I received one today that was wrapped in, get this, four  seperate wrappings. The PBS on the outside, and about 3 heavy duty wrapping inside. It took me about 15 minutes to cut through the wrapping without harming the book. Now, im all for protecting our books but that was So unnecessary. And a huge hassle! Anyone else ever had that experience?

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 7:35 PM ET
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With all the bad weather we have been having here in GA, I would be glad to have "too much" than too little. I got a BOB package yesterday, 4 books and it was wrapped amazingly well, even had cardboard to protect the books and strapping tape. I just take my little exacto knife to an edge and gently get a bit loose and can usually go from there. I once got a book from an online bookseller, a hard cover wrapped only in a manilla clasp envelope with just the clasp fastened to hold it closed. Poor book didnt stand a chance.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 7:44 PM ET
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I am with Cheryl, the only time I think "ridiculous wrapping!" is when one shows up so lightly wrapped I wonder how they ever thought the poor book would make it through the USPS system. I have cut 2 books getting them open, I was much happier with little cuts than the tar beat out of them ones I received in the manilla envelopes.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 8:06 PM ET
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I've had some where I have actually "injured" the book because it was so ridiculously wrapped.  Honestly one book had a good quarter inch thick multi-layer heap of packing tape on it.  I've racked up some unpostables just trying to get into the darn thing.  There is a line somewhere between too little and too much.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 8:35 PM ET
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I'd rather have too much wrapping than not enough. I'm a big taper myself.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 9:05 PM ET
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Ive had some doozies but Ive never damaged a book trying to get the wrapper off of it. I once had one with a grocery bag completely sealed around the book with tape and still didnt damage the book getting it off. I havent ever had one that took me an exorbitant amount of time to open either.

Correction I did damage one book getting the wrapper off of it but the wrapper was taped to the book then.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 9:25 PM ET
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Wrapping? I just steal padded envelopes from my employer's supply cabinet...

I'm kidding of course.

I steal them from Walgreens.


Date Posted: 1/23/2008 9:29 PM ET
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In all seriousness though, I respect those who go that extra mile to protect our literature from Mother Nature's wrath. I too have accidentally cut a book from overly tight wrapping, but I appreciated the senders efforts. I actually admire your wrapping skills because I'm a horrible wrapper...that's why I do the envelopes; and on Christmas I throw gifts in those silly decorative bags

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 10:00 PM ET
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I'd rather have too much than not enough with the bad one's I've gotten. As long as it isn't taped to the book.

Subject: Wrappings
Date Posted: 1/23/2008 11:24 PM ET
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I think four layers is my current record of having to  unwrap, but I would rather have too much then too little.  I'm going tothave to check out those exacto knives!!

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 12:51 AM ET
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Get this... I ordered a skinny paperback from Amazon.com... one, not a bunch, just one book... it was shrink wrapped to a piece of cardboard, then that was placed in an amazon box.  Talk about too much packing!

When it's raining/snowing/storming in most places in the US, I welcome super duper packing jobs!


Date Posted: 1/24/2008 1:47 AM ET
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Lol, I got a huge box the other day with one book in it...methinks that is taking the BOX of books a little too literally!  But I also appreciate the effort - even on the days that I am cursing my head off trying to get a book out of the package.  I agree that sometimes it is a little over the top, but hey - I have had enough books arrive with insufficient wrapping to not complain about the ones that are extra careful ; )

I can also be somewhat guilty - I sent a book to a PBS friend last week, and she sent me a laughing note thanking me for the excellent packaging - that took a Swiss Army knife to get into, lol.  Because our weather had been so crappy, I had purposely wrapped it carefully - I just didn't realize I had done THAT good of a job!!

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 3:24 AM ET
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I remember getting a big hardcover book with the PBS wrapper taped around it like a sleeve, and both ends of the book hanging way out.  Amazingly, the book was only slightly damaged when it arrived.  It was a new member's first mailed book. :-)

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Date Posted: 1/24/2008 8:19 AM ET
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I'm with the group that would like some middle ground on the wrappings. I appreciate the extra effort, but I'd rather not have my books mummified and completely encased in tape. There's too much risk of damaging the book when they are so hard to open. I keep an exacto knife in my kitchen, sometimes it's really difficult to even find a place to start cutting.

Plus, I hate all the package waste of the multi-layer wrapped books. Wrapping a book securely and taping down all the edges is plenty for me.

Subject: good scissors for opening packages
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 9:09 AM ET
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CutterBees are usually sold for scrapbooking but they're little scissors with very sharp points.  They will easily slice open an edge to the tape or paper wrapping without doing any damage.  If a book is really tightly wrapped, I use them to start an opening, then use my regular scissors to finish.  I haven't had any problems that way.

I'm probably one of those who leans toward the over-wrapping side but I've had way too many packages arrive with stuff hanging out or what was supposed to be inside completely gone because there were holes torn in the wrapping.  And I've seen Got a package yesterday with holes torn in three different parts of the wrapping.  Recently I even got one of those envelopes with all the grayish insulation-looking stuff as padding and there was about a five-inch hole torn in the side, with stuffing spilling out everywhere, completely wrapped in plastic by the post office, with a note that said (approximately) , "Oops....".

So even though it takes me a few minutes to get into packages sometimes, I really appreciate the care people take to make sure I get the books in good condition!

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 11:27 AM ET
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I'm certainly not going to complain of something having too much wrapping!

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 11:28 AM ET
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Oh boy!  I'm in trouble!

I've been packing my books in manila envelopes.  I do reinforce all four edges with packing tape and tape over the address label to protect it from the elements, and I usually put a strip on the back just to help it stay together in case of an accident.  I realize this wouldn't help in a flood, but when you throw in the cost of padded envelopes, etc. it gets more and more expensive.  I've sent out probably 10-15 books (can't remember exactly) in my short membership (since Jan. 4) and every one of them has cost around $2.50 for postage.  (Where are all those $1.30 books they talk about?)

Anyway, I THOUGHT I was doing a grand job.  I don't see how anybody wraps a book in two pieces of printer paper.  Now THAT's impressive!  LOL!  In comparison, my manila envelopes are the Cadillacs of packaging.  =0)


Date Posted: 1/25/2008 11:51 AM ET
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I had a hardcover come to me wrapped in green saran wrap only.  *sigh*  C'mon folks.  Surprisingly it wasn't damaged.  The person that sent it printed the PBS label, cut it out all cute like,  and taped it to the saran wrap with scotch tape I think.  Scotch tape??......  That stuff can get whisked off so easily going through the mail.  I vote that PBS put some mailing supplies in the Kiosk (even though they are readily available elsewhere).

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Date Posted: 1/25/2008 12:25 PM ET
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Lisa, is your mailings are costing you close to $2.50 to send then they are between 1 and 2 pounds. That is a pretty big book.   The media mail cost for that catagory is $2.47.    Just double check and make sure you ARE sending them media mail!!  

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 1:49 PM ET
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Yeah, mine have all been good sized books, some hardbacks.  The postage seems to match the estimated postage on the PBS wrapper.  I guess when I go to the library sale to stock up I'll have to look for smaller books, eh? =0)  These just happened to be books I had around home that I was willing to part with. 

But I'm getting a few heavy books in exchange, so I really can't complain. 

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 2:10 PM ET
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I'm horrible at wrapping.  I'm always amazed at the people who wrap their books so perfectly. I wish I could do that.  I buy those bubble envelopes sometimes, and tape them all up.  I do the brown envelopes as well and tape them all up.  My problem is I am not a "clean" taper.  My tape is always folding on me, and it never goes down perfectly so I have to tape over it.  It looks like a complete mess.  So far, no one has complained and my books seem to be getting places in one piece.  But I always think of putting a little note inside the package saying something like, "I apologize in advance for the horrible wrapping job."  Because I know it's going to happen every time...And it does!!  You should see when I wrap Christmas and Birthday presents.  Even before my friends and family open them, they groan.  So...anyone who is getting books from me....I apologize in advance.  And no, I do not own stock in any tape companies.  :)


Date Posted: 1/25/2008 2:32 PM ET
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I'm a horrible horrible wrapper also. I found dollar general has the weather proof padded envelopes for $1 for a 2 pack so I've been buying those all up to send books out in.

I got one the other day I didn't know where to start on either. It was nicely wrapped, just had to find a pair of scissors to get it started, but since it's been snow and ice here I really don't mind. I'd rather have that than the elements get to it!

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 2:50 PM ET
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I don't live in a town or city persay and my mail carrier is FAMOUS for leaving my packages under, over anywhere but IN my mailbox so I have no problem with extra wrapping.  I just get a pair of pointy ended scissors and snip at one corner and work my way from there.  I have never ruined a book from unwrapping.  I take my time and think - I'm going to take as much time unwrapping as the person who sent this book spent wrapping.  It's like Christmas for me every time I get a book !

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 3:10 PM ET
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I too am in favor of overwrapping, having occasionally received a book that was the victim of underwrapping.  If a book is overwrapped, just take a knife and slip it carefully under the wrapper sideways, creating a small slit.  Then use scissors to cut away the rest (when you are able to see that you are cutting wrapper, not book).

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 3:12 PM ET
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I'm guilty of using lots of tape.   But, it's raining here now.