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Subject: Seasonal Reminder
Date Posted: 10/17/2009 3:11 AM ET
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Paperbackswap mailing guidelines recommend using a plastic underwrap when packaging your books for mailing.  The rainy season is again upon us, and we're already seeing members post comments about receiving wet packages. 

If you don't already use plastic underwrap, please consider doing so  :)  your fellow members will appreciate the effort! 

Many materials are water proof or water resistant, such as Saran wrap, plastic grocery bags, plastic newspaper sleeves, or even the little 'balloon' type air baggies used for padding by commercial shippers (many are just the right size to cut open one end, release air, insert book, fold over, and tape closed).  Many members find they have something suitable from the recycle bin.



Last Edited on: 10/17/09 3:12 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/17/2009 10:06 AM ET
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Thank You Denise- great reminder.  I would add to use plastic wrap or plastic covering when sending to any state that experiences seasonal weather such as as North East and the Midwest.  We  have rain, snow or both all year round. 

I just received 2 books w/o plastic and they are lucky they were delivered between a dry/rain period.  I received one a couple of weeks ago w/o plastic, they used a inkjet, they used the printed wrapper (not a issue) and there was downpours where you stepped out your door and I was soaked.   The ink transposed onto the book edges and book cover and the book was damp and now that it is dry- crinkly.  Very sad.

I do appreicate when a member takes time to wrap the book(s) in some type of plastic covering. 

Thanks again Denise!

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 2:43 PM ET
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Ba-bump

rpc
Date Posted: 10/19/2009 9:31 PM ET
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Just bought a new roll of plastic wrap for this reason!

Thanks for the reminder, Denise. :)

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 10:55 PM ET
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Plastic wrap, ziplock bag, reuse the newspaper bags, plastic shopping bags.  Whatever plastic you've got will work.

Doesn't hurt to put either your address or the recipient's address on a sticky note under the plastic too, just in case the PO machinery decides to eat your package.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 11:01 PM ET
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Another great reminder Sarah, I also insert an address under the plastic.  I use the Receiver Information portion of the mailer, folded, and placed so part is in the book and part visible to postal employees (if necessary).  Then wrap in plastic and the outer layer! 

If using Custom DC, I just print it twice and use one on the outside of the package and the second copy inside the plastic wrap.

ETA - I'm watching for some seasonal decorated saran wrap!



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Ms K. (MsK) -
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 12:05 PM ET
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I got a note from someone I trade books with in Argentina... their postal rules are now requiring "printed material" be placed in a transparent envelope!! (to get the better rate)

I  wonder when the USPS will start requiring media mail in clear packaging to avoid the "rule breakers" who ship anything they can media mail!!??!!

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 10:11 PM ET
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I did once get a book I ordered from Half.com in a clear bubble envelope.  I'd never seen one before.  Of course, it was an erotica book too.  I wasn't too happy about anyone along the way seeing the book I'd requested.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 12:14 AM ET
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ROFL...I'm speechless!  I wonder if we will see this soon, or if American privacy laws will prevail?

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 1:57 AM ET
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I certainly apprecite plastic.  Even though I have it as part of my RC not everyone does it. 

Just last week I received a book in an envelope that got soaked.  The back seam was coming apart but the member had, thankfully, wrapped it in plastic.  She had taped over the top and bottom seams but never gave that middle seam a thought.  I know until I saw it I never had either.

So, if you're using envelopes tape over all seams, those of us in the midwest (and jubead's north east) thank you. 

Ms K. (MsK) -
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 9:27 AM ET
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If I had to send books this way, I would wrap the cover info in plain paper, but let the top & bottom edges be visible so TPTB at the PO could see it was a book!!

It is no one's business what I am reading or sending!!!

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 12:00 PM ET
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Sometimes, nothing makes it waterproof.  I got a book, from a swap, this week in one of those handy, dandy plastic (some think indestructable) type envelopes.  One end and half way down one side was ripped open.  Looked as if some PO machine had grabbed it and sliced it.  The book didn't get hurt or wet BUT it would have had it been raining.  Or is my lovely mailman had dropped into the grass still wet from the sprinkler.  It also could have easily just slid right out of that envelope. 

I take reasonable care to keep books safe and dry when I send them.  I expect the receiver to do the same in having a safe place for the books to be delivered. 

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 1:29 PM ET
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It's the rainy season in the South as well. 85% of the books I receive are "plasticized" in some way...some of the others I gently remind, especially if the package is open or slit upon receipt. I'm the penultimate stop on my carrier's route, so he's walked quite a distance in the rain before getting here, and the mail is often wet or damp (most of the envelopes included w/bills are useless, they are already sealed shut!), and it's often enough to give a book the humidity wave if not out and out water damage.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 2:00 PM ET
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Considering the endless rainy summer we had (in the northeast), I think waterproofing is a good idea year round.  As I've said before, my mail person walks around my neighborhood with a little cart, so everything gets soaked when it rains.

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 8:49 PM ET
Member Since: 8/2/2009
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The member to whom you shipped your book 'Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium' has sent you this personal message.

Thanks for the beautiful book and the safe packaging. It was pouring rain when I got home and my mailbox is exposed. If you hadn't been so kind it would have been soaked and ruined. You're the best!

I just got this message from a person I sent this book to today. It made me feel good to know that despite the weather her book was dry because of the plastic I wrapped it in. I use saran wrap and wrap the book up pretty good. I think it is an excellent idea for everyone to do so good reminder fangrrl!!!!!!



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Date Posted: 10/24/2009 1:38 AM ET
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I also recently got a message from a member thanking me for putting a plastic bag around the book. I've only recieved one book that had a plastic wrapping. Makes me nervous considering I live in the soggy Northwest :P

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 1:40 AM ET
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And remember, if you're using plastic wrap - please, please, please DON'T use Press & Seal!!!!  Whatever is used on that stuff for the "sticking" power completely WELDS itself to the covers of paperback books.  When you try to remove the Press & Seal, the graphics on the covers comes away with it.....and the book becomes another Unpostable casualty!!!!

Katz

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 1:52 AM ET
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Hi Holly, live just east of you.  Kinda freaked when there was a book inside my wet mailbox today, but then realized it was a buddy that always wraps well & uses plastic...such a relief to know the book would be fine!  Sucky wet week yes?

True story Katz!

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 2:56 AM ET
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lol. I just explained this wrapping process to my mom the other day. I was wrapping up some books to put in the mail to some (hopefully) happy PBS members, and she saw me and asked "What's the plastic wrap for? You wrap it in that first, or what? Why would you do that?"

"Well mom, just imagine if this poor book arrives at somebody's house in a downpour. If it's wrapped in plastic, it's happy and safe. If it isn't, then the book'll get ruined, and that's really sad. Plus, then the receiver is sad, and possibly upset, then they message me upset that the book they paid a credit for was ruined. So, the plastic wrap is to keep everybody happy."

Yes, that was basically my explanation to her. Now she gets it.

I always use plastic wrap.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 2:44 PM ET
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Bump...because it's raining again (yet, still, more)...

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 3:31 PM ET
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I appreciate those that use plastic wrap.  Now if you only have press and seal, you can wrap the book with a paper wrapper and then use the press and seal over the paper wrapper and then wrap with final paper wrapper.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 9:45 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 2/11/15 7:55 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/16/2009 6:00 AM ET
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I wish using some form of weather protection was a requirement rather than an option.

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 12:43 AM ET
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Now, I am a quite careful wrapper when mailing...  so no issue there...  but I have to chime in with this....  I have NEVER in my life actually seen a mailman on foot!!!  This may sound silly, but I really thought it was just a thing of the past... LOL...  and fortunately even though we've had a lot of rain recently here in NC, I have never received wet mail or wet packaging.....  I guess I should quit complaining that my mail often doesn't arrive til 5 pm.....  if that's the worst of it, I'm pretty lucky!!!

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 12:43 AM ET
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Now, I am a quite careful wrapper when mailing...  so no issue there...  but I have to chime in with this....  I have NEVER in my life actually seen a mailman on foot!!!  This may sound silly, but I really thought it was just a thing of the past... LOL...  and fortunately even though we've had a lot of rain recently here in NC, I have never received wet mail or wet packaging.....  I guess I should quit complaining that my mail often doesn't arrive til 5 pm.....  if that's the worst of it, I'm pretty lucky!!!

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