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Subject: I re -use the envelopes
Date Posted: 7/12/2008 9:46 PM ET
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I re use the mailers and save money on envelopes, anyone else doing this too?

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 9:49 PM ET
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Always!  I even reuse some of the big manila envelopes that come in the mail where I work.  They'd be going in the trash can otherwise. 


Subject: Re-using the envelopes
Date Posted: 7/12/2008 9:52 PM ET
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hahaha, my husband accuses  me of being the "Queen of Cheapland" i'm glad to know i'm in good company.

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 9:54 PM ET
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I do & I'm not afraid to admit it :)  I do it to save $ but mostly b/c it helps cut down on waste.  I'm big into recycling.


Date Posted: 7/12/2008 10:32 PM ET
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Yup, I do all the time!

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 10:37 PM ET
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Of course! I reuse envelopes (especially the padded ones) and those small boxes from Amazon

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 11:03 PM ET
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Me too!!!  :)

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 11:06 PM ET
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I always reuse the envelopes. And if I've used all the envelopes, then I get a paper grocery and wrap the book in that!

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 11:18 PM ET
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I had a stack of thick envelopes I was saving at work that I put out in the copy room and no one took so I took them back and reused them to send books out.  And even as we speak I have a stack of boxes and envelopes to be used.....

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 11:22 PM ET
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yes, I do too

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 11:26 PM ET
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Yeah, I do.

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 11:27 PM ET
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I do too! No reason too throw them away!

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 11:37 PM ET
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Is the shipping amount the same, if we use a padded envelope or just  a pretty hand made envelope? (as compared to doing the white paper printed out, and wrapping the book that way).


Date Posted: 7/12/2008 11:57 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/13/2008 12:00 AM ET
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I reuse every possible envelope. I even occasionally reuse the PBS paper wrapper from a book that's been packaged with enough tape to keep it's shape, as long as I open it carefully. I've become very skilled at this art....

Subject: So glad Im not the only
Date Posted: 7/13/2008 12:07 AM ET
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My husband thinks Im a freak.. I save all kinds of mailing and pkg stuff. Im so glad to find a use. My job also has the perfect size manilla env.


I do admit I got desperate the other day when I didnt have the right size pkg for one book I xtra wrapped in birthday wrapping paper inside out and xtra pkg tape.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 12:11 AM ET
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Yes, I always do.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 12:12 AM ET
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I have pretty hand-made envelopes to use... just not for the hard cover books.

Another question -- do we have to use the print-outs from PBS for mailing? or can we write the address on the package?   Be patient with me please, I just joined last night.  I have two books "taken" already and I'm so excited!!

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 12:21 AM ET
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Yes you can hand write it. That is if you're not using printable postage or DC (Delivery Confirmation).  Click this link for more info on sending /wrapping books: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_index.php

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 12:44 AM ET
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Wow Girl, you are a HUGE HELP!!!  Thank you!!  :)

Subject: Reusing envelopes
Date Posted: 7/13/2008 1:07 AM ET
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Thank you all for your great replies, I feel so good to know that I am not alone in my quest for saving money, hehehe, one more thing, I stopped printing long time ago, I write the names by hand, I was spending way too much money on ink because I send out a lot of books, feel free to call me MS. CHEAPO FROM BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, YEAH, THAT'S ME. :)

Subject: Re-using envelopes
Date Posted: 7/13/2008 1:19 AM ET
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I ABSOLUTELY reuse every envelope I can get my hands on and I notice a lot of others do also. I even got a box-o-books in a Milk Bone dog biscuit box one time!!!

Tracey, Long Island

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 1:27 AM ET
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I re-use envelopes. It's expensive enough already to ship things!   And the ones that are too sad to re-use get chopped up to use inside CD cases for mailing so the cases don't get cracked.


Date Posted: 7/13/2008 3:28 AM ET
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i re-use the envelopes from other PBS members, and the ones i get from my work's recycle bin.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 3:39 AM ET
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Sure do!  I pretty much save any packaging that might be reusable for book mailing.