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Subject: Subway bags
Date Posted: 9/7/2008 11:01 PM ET
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Does anyone know if the Subway stores will sell the sleeves or bags they use for their take-out subs?  Those would be perfect for most books.  Not so much for HC's - but any other paperback including trade size it would work.  Wondering how much they would cost.  Used to be able to buy the rolls of produce palstic bgs from the grocery stores...but they are too big.  Just trying to get things so I'm covered!

Ruth

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 11:07 PM ET
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I say go into Subway and ask. Tell them why you want them - you might even print out some info about PBS to take with you. Who knows? You might end up with bags and new members! [grin]

Go for it!

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 11:45 PM ET
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Thanks, Mary !!  I just may do that. ;D  

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 7:06 AM ET
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I'll be sure to snitch any from folks that go there. I am up to my ears in grocery bags though.

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 9:14 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/8/2008 10:38 PM ET
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I wouldn't get your hopes up too much. Stores order a certain number of supplies and aren't likely to mess up their numbers by giving away a lot of them. Now, less than a dozen is probably doable, but more than that and their inventory would be off and they'd setting themselves up for a problem. Just something to keep in mind if they tell you no. They're not being rude, their inventory is important and they only order the bare minimum to get them through until the next shipment.
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 11:17 PM ET
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I honestly would just get a box of generic food & bread bags from the grocery store.  I get them for about $1.95 for 75 bags, and you can put trade paperbacks or two mass market paperbacks and have some overlap to tape down, or you can put one mass market paperback in them & roll it up.  I've even gotten several hardcovers in them as well.  If you want an easy way to stock up on cheap plastic bags, those are what I buy, and I always have bags for pretty much all of my requests.

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 11:21 PM ET
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I wasn't talking about them giving them to me for free.  I used to be the accountant for a food co-op, and I also had to buy the produce bags for it since I wrote the checks.  The grocery stores would sell me rolls of their bags.  But this was when the baags were more square than they are now.  I looked at the Subway bag that mu son brought home and it is a good size, but I don't want to use used ones since they mave have food particles and condensation in them.  So I'm just looking around at options. I'd be glad to buy them depending on the price.  The same would go for the plastic sleeves that newpapers are delivered in. 

Ruth

 

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 7:02 AM ET
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You would probably have to contact the store manager and ask him about purchasing a box. That way, if he agrees, he can order an extra and then somehow minus it from his inventory....but I wouldn't get my hopes up.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 8:41 AM ET
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I bet if you did an online search for packaging supplies you can find somewhere to order them really cheap in a volume discount in packs of 1,000 or more.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 10:36 AM ET
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I use my Avon cataloge delivery bags or grocery bags. They work really well to put the books in, even HB's. Since I sell Avon, I just buy a few extra and I always have them to use for sending books out also!



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Date Posted: 9/9/2008 11:06 AM ET
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Save your produce bags from the grocery store!  They are great.... and I always double up on my bags when I'm buying produce.  It's not really cheating because the produce is weighed so the extra .5 ounce bag gets added in anyway, right?

Since I use canvas bags for my groceries now, I don't get any plastic bags.  So I've been saving my produce bags, and they actually work better because they aren't as bulky for wrapping books.

Also, the plastic sleeves that the newspaper is wrapped in on rainy days is great.  Oh, and Sam's Club has a neat thing - umbrella bags at the entrance to the store.  I will grab one or two on my way in..... not for my umbrella (hey, it hardly ever rains in Texas anyway). 

Anything and everything that will hold a book works for me :)

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:41 PM ET
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I usually take some extra veggie bags at the grocery store when I'm buying fresh fruits and veggies. the only time I wouldn't re-use it is if I've had chicken or any other meats in there. Veggies and fruits are ok because I don't store them in there, I use them to bring them home and then put them away unbagged.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 4:28 PM ET
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"I honestly would just get a box of generic food & bread bags from the grocery store."  Kim, can you give more info on this.  I have no idea what or where these would be.

Deborah

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Date Posted: 9/9/2008 4:47 PM ET
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Today I discovered that for small books, hardware store baggies (the kind you use to bag bolts and nails) are perfect.  They come in huge rolls, and I'm not sure where to buy them, but I think they'd be more readily available than Subway bags.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 4:50 PM ET
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Costco sells those office trashcan bags for pretty cheap. You can roll them up and tape them shut offering quite a few layers of protection.

Just another idea.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 5:05 PM ET
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Deborah - They're in the plastic aisle of most grocery stores.  With sandwich bags & wraps, & where most stores shelf their trash bags too.  At Kroger, they're usually on a lower shelf, beneath the baggies & Gladware stuff.  Hefty & Glad make them, and there's usually a generic store brand too.  The store brand fluctuates between about $1.75 - $1.99 (depending on if it's on sale or not), and they have 75 bags in them.  They're sometimes labeled as bread bags or more often "Food & Bread Bags".  The regular bread bags tend to be just a little longer than the combination bags, but they don't always have both in stock at once.  I know you can sometimes buy them at Family Dollar stores too.  They come with twist ties, which I save  & use on other things.



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Date Posted: 9/9/2008 8:23 PM ET
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Off topic but I would really prefer to not get my books in a bag that was used even for produce. If is a choice between a bag that has been used for any food or just the wrapper without any plastic, I would prefer the plain wrapper.

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Date Posted: 9/9/2008 9:49 PM ET
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I get my newspaper in bags very like the ones that Subway has.  I get way more than I can use, in fact I take them to the local grocery store and recycle them, the newspaper has a deal with them for recycling.  If you would pay me for postage, or give me a credit for as many as I can mail until I reach $2.23, I will send them to you.  They are wonderful for paperback books, in fact I cut them in half and I mail two books that way.  I just took a bunch over to recycle, so I don't have many right now, but I will soon.  Just let me know.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 12:25 PM ET
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Like Kim, I use the 'twist tie' bags (that's what Glad calls them on the box) and LOVE it.  They are perfect for most books and sometimes I can get more than one in a bag.  And they are SO cheap that it doesn't bother me to buy them.  :)

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 1:09 PM ET
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I'd hate to buy plastic bags as there are enough in the world that can be reused - plastic in the landfills and whatnot.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 2:12 PM ET
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I reuse my grocery store plastic for the small trash cans in my house, and then I have two boys and it seems like I'm always carting wet clothes and whatnot that I need plastic bags for, so they definitely get recycled here without using them to pack books.  Plus, I like being able to seal the books inside those plastic bread bags with a strip of tape and know water or moisture isn't going to get in there.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 8:48 PM ET
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My husband and I buy those cheep dollar store trashbags and I try to remember to use them for protective writing for books.  Plus I've found I can use my Ziploc bags that I can suck the air out of them works well too.