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Subject: Taped up box audio CD
Date Posted: 7/27/2010 5:48 AM ET
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Maybe this question has been asked before..... would you consider an audio CD to be unpostable if the cardboard box is wrapped with packing tape? The CDs are fine but the box looks, you know, not wonderful. Thanks, Terry.    Please PM me.

Date Posted: 7/27/2010 6:32 AM ET
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Teri--

The box is not required to send the audiobook (unless the requestor has an RC), so you could leave the box out, or send it along with a note along the lines of  "sorry this is in such bad shape, but I thought you might like to at least read it etc. etc.etc."

Cheers,
Catt

Date Posted: 7/27/2010 8:36 AM ET
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Of course, the note should be a PM because you aren't supposed to include a personal note like that in a media mail package. :)

Date Posted: 7/27/2010 3:42 PM ET
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Actually, Elizabeth, per the Help Center, Media Mail may include:

  • A note with a simple accompanying message,
    • such as "Happy Birthday!" or "Hope you enjoy it!""

Yes, you should not include a card or letter, but a brief notation is permitted.

Date Posted: 7/27/2010 3:56 PM ET
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What Elizabeth said, yes it's postable.  But Media Mail enclosures can be trixy, the rules are not widely understood by some USPS employees and some PBS mailres are informed that even the packing slip is not allowed (totally inaccurate).  Best just to avoid extras whenever possible. 

Personally, I use a bright marker to circle the addressee portion of the PBS insert.  That way if an uniformed clerk asks, I can honestly state it's an emergency address (which I've been told is always encouraged).



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Date Posted: 7/28/2010 1:10 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2010
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Yeah, I knew about "Happy birthday" but I thought - perhaps wrongly - that it would be different if it actually included real content which this seemed to me to do, although now that I think about it, it is only content very directly related to the book at hand, so perhaps it's okay - but I DID know the rules and doubted this one anyway, so I still think it's the best practice to PM, since that's just about as easy.

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 4:08 PM ET
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I wouldn't PM or send a note.  The box isn't required and if they really want a box in good condition they need to have an RC askign for one. I would send the box and let them decide if they want to keep the box or not.



Last Edited on: 7/28/10 4:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 1