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Subject: Strange Condition
Date Posted: 7/30/2011 12:23 AM ET
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The person requesting from me doesn't want their book wrapped in plastic.  Should I still send it?  i feel like if I do, and the book gets damage, it'll come back to kick me in the butt.  Thoughts?

Date Posted: 7/30/2011 12:25 AM ET
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If the book gets damaged in transition it would be rwap but damaged by post office and you would still get your credit.  It is a strange one, but maybe they are allergic to plastic...If you do accept maybe just wrap it in extra layers of paper or cardboard.  Up to you!

Date Posted: 7/30/2011 12:27 AM ET
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Great, thank you!smiley

Date Posted: 7/30/2011 1:23 AM ET
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More likely than a plastic allergy is that they're in a heat wave. When it gets that hot, especially if you have a metal mailbox or another mail scenario where the mail gets left in extreme heat for long periods, a lot of people have reported having the plastic wraps/bags actually melt and stick to the book.

So, not an unusual request at all.

Last Edited on: 7/30/11 1:29 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/30/2011 7:06 AM ET
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There could be a few reasons they've chosen to have this RC.  Plastic isn't a requirement and if something does happen in transit, like said above, it would be a damaged by USPS and not reflect on you.  While I don't have an RC regarding smoking or plastic, I've noticed that plastic tends to seal in the smoky scent sometimes making it overpowering when you open it.  It could also possibly involve arthritis (with a recent shoulder injury, It's been a bit harder for me to open some plastic wrapped books or ones mummified in tape).


Date Posted: 7/30/2011 8:00 AM ET
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Or they could be like me and hate the waste.  I never wrap in plastic (unless there's an RC asking for it and that's only happened twice).  I can never get the plastic wrap off and make it reuseable.  It just ends up as land fill and I am trying to reduce my waste. I have never had a book arrive damp and I've lived in 3 high rain areas-including an island in WA state where it rained sideways almost daily. 

Date Posted: 7/30/2011 8:52 AM ET
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I had an RC like that one once and the lady said she had arthritis and it was hard for her to remove the plastic. 

Date Posted: 7/30/2011 10:39 AM ET
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I'm trying to reuse and recycle plastic (goodness knows the stuff keeps appearing in our home) so it's not really a waste, merely prolonging the lifespan of something that was already going in the garbage anyway.  But many PBS members have ideology issues with plastic of any type.  Unless mentioned in the RC, there's no way to tell why the requester objects.   But it's not required, so if she asks I would send it without plastic...if she RWAPs, I would complain (loudly).

Last Edited on: 7/30/11 10:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/30/2011 3:13 PM ET
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I dont like plastic on books and dont really need it as all our mail goes to the post office box. It probably depends what you use but more then once its been stuck on the books.

Subject: type of plastic ??? ; another non-plastic option
Date Posted: 7/30/2011 5:48 PM ET
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The plastic I use to cover the books I ship is the plastic air bags  that catalog stores add to their boxes. I figure that this type of plastic was designed for shipping items that might spend time in hot trucks, etc. Obviously, there is more than one type of plastic and each is designed for whatever purpose it is sold for. 

So I cut the ends off these air-filled plastic bags and often, depending on the brand, find them more than ample for even large mass market paperbacks and trade paperbacks.

For larger books I have access to lots of free, thicker, ziploc-type plastic bags (not the ones you buy in the supermarket).  These also do not melt in the kind of heat you would find in hot trucks or mailboxes as I get them from shipping boxes.

The non-plastic shipping option is to completely cover the outside of the wrapper with clear shippng tape. I often do this too.  Place one end of the tape on the edge of a bottom or top of a book, then cut the other end at the edge of the end of the book. Wrap this around the top (or bottom) of the book. Then use the tape (usually three strips) to cover the long length completely around the book. Many of you already do this as I often receive books wrapped this way.

Sometimes I think I wrap my book too securely, but then I whince when I get a book I want for a keeper and it arrives in a ripped or tattered wrapper and in poor condition because it wasn't wrapped properly.

Last Edited on: 7/30/11 11:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/30/2011 6:41 PM ET
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"The plastic I use to cover the books I ship is the plastic air bags  that catalog stores add to their boxes. "

Very clever!