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Subject: Sending multiple books requested
Date Posted: 3/20/2010 4:41 PM ET
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OK, I keep seeing the "search for other books from this person" when I request a book.  How much does it cost if you mail 2 MMPB books together via media mail? I'm guessing not double what it costs to mail one or it wouldn't save any money.

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 4:46 PM ET
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Unless it's a really thick mmp it will usually only add a few cents and sometimes nothing.  Media Mail is rated in 1lb increments.  1 mmp can usually go 1st class for 1.90-2.41 depending on how it's wrapped and how thick it is-a little Harlequinn being cheap and a thick 500 pager being more expensive.  So adding a 2nd mmp usually just adds a little to postage if anything.  So it does save people when you use The Order More From Member button.  It's also why many forum regulars like to use the WL threads in the genre forums because mailing books out gets expensive and so it's nice to find someone to send more than one to at a time. 

I will be mailing 5 thicker mmps to someone as soon as I finish them and the postage worked about to be about $3.50-these are all books with over 400 pages.

Last Edited on: 3/20/10 4:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 3/20/2010 4:47 PM ET
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Hardly anything more.  I've sent bundles of 5 or 6 MMPB just over $3.

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 5:20 PM ET
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Multiples are much cheaper to mail, that pound increment thing Mary mentioned.

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 8:45 PM ET
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Yep, I am always very glad to mail out multiples.  Makes the resulting credits very affordable.


Date Posted: 3/20/2010 9:24 PM ET
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Your first cost is like $2.38 max. or so regardless of whether the book weighs 8 oz or 1 lb. (under 8oz goes 1st class & is slightly less than Media Mail) For each pound after the first you only add another .38 cents or so. Often, 3 small Harlequins or Silhouettes can be just under 1 lb after wrapping. But, say your first book is a large PB or even a HC and just goes over the 1 lb mark. You can add another book that only weighs 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound and still stay under 2 lbs, and it doesn't add anything for the second book. The whole second pound is paid for once you reach 1 pound & 1 oz, so you've got another 15 oz that can mail for free.

I've mailed 5 books easily for 2 pounds, again, being the small H or S books, so a 5/2 deal on those is pretty easily offered. If I sent all five individually, I would spend the $2.38 for each book, rather than just an extra .39 cents for the other four books. So, it's really easy to share that savings with the requestor by giving them a break on the credits. Because after all, you mailed those 5 books for an average of approximately .55 each.

The savings gets even greater when you are talking larger quantities of books. For example, I have my shelf on sale, and the top amount I have listed is 22 books for only 4 credits. I have a limit of 1 HC or large Trade size book for each credit book ordered. That means for the 22 books, only 4 of them can be HC or large trade size. And the total order will only cost me on the average 4.50 - 6.00 at the most, and the upper side happens only if all the PBs are larger too. I just mailed two pks of 11 books, one cost $4.52 the other cost $6.86 the 2nd one was someone I've traded with several times, so I let her have a couple extra HCs and so it weighed more than most orders of 11 books would. If I'd had to send all 11 of either of those books individually, several of them would have been slightly more than one pound each, meaning I would be paying even more than 11 x $2.38 (26.18) probably more like about 6x2.38 & 5x2.77 (41.98) major difference! I can really afford to share the savings with the requestor by giving them that break!

Of course, these prices will be slightly higher if you add PBS DC &/or Postage, or DC &/or Postage fees from somewhere else. But, they give you a good enough idea of how the sale prices can work for you. I hope I explained it all well enough. But, if you have any questions, feel free to PM me or ask here in the forum, lots of people run deals and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 9:25 PM ET
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I mailed out 32 books for a little over 8 dollars a couple of months ago.  Gotta love Media Mail!

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 9:36 PM ET
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If your books are the harlequin/silhouette type, you can mail 3 or 4 for the 1 lb rate.  That's why, when my shelf is full of those books, I'll often do 3 for 1 deals on them.  Doesn't add any extra postage and I can package 3 of them and still be able to drop the package in a blue collection box so no PO run.

Heck, I've packaged as many as 8 of the small books into a package I could get into a blue box!  I was quite proud of that one.

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Date Posted: 3/21/2010 6:58 PM ET
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