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Subject: Thinking of making a vid for how I wrap books...
Date Posted: 7/28/2011 3:00 AM ET
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I was wondering what forum I would link to such a video.

And also, I want to show me wrapping a PBS book, but as I won't be able to censor out the name/address from the label and I don't want to show someones info without their consent, I am willing to send the book that I use free to who ever will help me.

Whoever RESPONDS (No PMs please) to this message first with the book they want will get the freebie.
-The book has to be a standard sized paperback
-The requestor can't have a problem if their address is shown on the video
-Please want the book you request

As I want the vid to turn out the best, I might have to deny certain books if they are too small (thin ones are a little different to wrap, for me)

Once I pick the person, I will confirm. The person will then request the book. I will get the wrapper printed, then I will cancel the book order or buddy a credit if for some reason the system won't let me or if you want a paper trail.

I hope this is okay to put here :)

 

Date Posted: 7/28/2011 7:52 AM ET
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Why not just use a book as an example and use a made up address for both To: and From: . You can always unwrap the book after the video is done , unless you want to video "mailing the book" LOL. The PO may not like that part.

Date Posted: 7/28/2011 8:11 AM ET
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Just seeing if someone wanted a free book :) Will probably cover over an address for my next mail out if no one is interested.

Date Posted: 7/28/2011 8:16 AM ET
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here's one someone did, on YouTube:  How I package my books for shipping on PaperbackSwap

Date Posted: 7/28/2011 12:00 PM ET
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I like the "Vanilla Folder" idea in the Video (notice she didn't wrap the book in plastic however).  I actually just got done using that method (but I wrapped my book in plastic); we'll see how it mails.

-RD

Date Posted: 7/28/2011 12:13 PM ET
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Not only did the video not use plastic underwrap, but I didn't see her use the PBS mailing insert either. 

Amy, remember PBS mailing labels can be reprinted.  You can print 2.  Marker out the addy's on one and use for the demonstration, then wrap again in the remaining unmarked label.  And for a link to your video, probably the USPS Forum.  IIRC there's already a "Tips for making paper mailers work " thread.

FYI, I like to use a bright marker and highlight the receivers address on the PBS shipping receipt (as an emergency addy JIC USPS has a problem and the outer label becomes unreadable).   Place it partially inside the book so it is visible, then wrap in plastic and appropriate outer wrapper.  When using Custom DC, I print two labels and include one inside the plastic underwrap.



Last Edited on: 7/28/11 12:18 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 7/28/2011 1:38 PM ET
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Just so as not to confuse people, plastic underwrap is NOT mandatory.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/28/2011 2:17 PM ET
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True Dat Cheryl; but its highly appreciated. smiley

-RD

Date Posted: 7/28/2011 6:24 PM ET
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You can always use the Mail to a Friend option (use a book that isn't on your bookshelf so that you don't lose your spot) and enter your own address. PBS does have tutorials in the Help Center for their recommended way of wrapping a book and I thought there was a vid they had someone do, I just don't remember where I saw it.

Date Posted: 7/28/2011 9:04 PM ET
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Truely you can find anything on Youtube. There are so many options for wrapping material. I have recieved books wrapped in calendars and posters, reused enveolopes, brown paper bags and cracker boxes.  I am always on the lookout for something good to wrap the books in; and I am a big fan of plastic. It was very nice to offer up a free book Amy; if I wasn't getting ready to go out of town, I would have been all over your offer.

Date Posted: 7/28/2011 9:26 PM ET
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Manila folders.... That could get expensive in a hurry.

Date Posted: 7/29/2011 2:20 AM ET
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I watched several videos on utube today on how to wrap books.

All of them used slightly different methods and materials.

The ONE common denominator was good tape and lots of it.

Date Posted: 7/29/2011 9:18 AM ET
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@BookwormKath

The secret is to use the "Vanilla" folders instead. wink

-RD

Date Posted: 7/29/2011 9:47 AM ET
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Rob, that puzzled me for a minute when I read that post. Perhaps they are vanilla scented manila folders.



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Date Posted: 7/30/2011 10:48 AM ET
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True Dat Cheryl; but its highly appreciated.  +1

Melanie, last time I looked at the 'official' wrapping directions, they showed people how to wrap an oversize book in the two page mailer option.  With this method, parts of a heavy book are only covered by a single sheet of printer paper.  Having received some of those books, I feel this is not adequate protection.  Especially for hardcovers.  The hard corners are damaged in the sorting process and often arrive rounded and poking through the wrapper.  Personally, for those books I wish PBS would recommend something else...like vanilla folders lol!

Date Posted: 7/31/2011 4:34 PM ET
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On YouTube:  How I package my books for shipping on PaperbackSwap

Talk about a no-brainer! I have absolutely no reasonable explanation why someone as cheap as I am didn't even consider using these folders to wrap the larger books.  These folders are discarded by the hundreds where I work.  I know what I'm doing first thing Monday morning.  Thanks!!!



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