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Subject: What packaging do you suggest for large books?
Date Posted: 8/14/2008 10:23 AM ET
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I have 2 large, approximately 4-6 inch books to mail and I'm unsure of the packaging I should use.

I have large bubble and poly mailers, these won't fit in them. I don't just want to wrap these books, but I don't know of another way.

I'm thinking this has come up before for some of you.. what do you suggest?

Thanks in advance! =)

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 10:48 AM ET
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I've already cut apart a cereal box or other cardboard box and used it to make my own box for larger books. I wrap it with a brown paper grocery bag over the cardboard.

Subject: Why not wrap?????
Date Posted: 8/16/2008 3:34 PM ET
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I wrap larger books in paper from a simple grocery sack ... wrapping it just like a Christmas present, and taping the corners well with wide clear tape so there are no loose edges o catch in the P.O. machinery. The P.O. clerk complimented my technique, saying he gets a LOT of packages that are badly wrapped ... but he liked that I had them good and tight and the corners protected so nothing rips in handling. It's not at all difficult. When I have books of different sizes, I fill the difference with rolled up bubblewrap or bunched up plastic bags in another bag, made into a little roll, and wrap the whole thing in the paper bag paper. I just put a little extra tape over the soft edge. I get my tape at Sam's or Costco with 5 or 6 rolls to a package, so it's not all that expensive. I like Barbara's idea of cutting a cereal box & making your own, too ... the main thing is to use something that you don't have to buy!
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 3:59 PM ET
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I've received books where the sender took large pieces of cardboard (from cardboard boxes) and folded it over, then taped the 3 sides.  They essentially created their own envelope, if you will.  Since the cardboard is so thick cushions the book inside.  I've sent out my books in a variety of dry good boxes also.  You just need to fill in the extra space with "filler" so the book isn't rattling around.  For filler, I like using foam peanuts, bubble-wrap, and bunched up plastic bags. 

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 4:59 PM ET
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Old file folders work great for protection too.  I use them over the book and then stick it in the whatever type of envelope I'm using.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 5:38 AM ET
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I've sent heavier books out wrapped first in recycled plastic, then in a cut-down heavy paper grocery bag.  If I feel it's needed, I use two layers of the grocery bag.  So far no problems reported!

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 11:32 AM ET
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When I send out bigger HC books, I buy bubble mailers because I'm always scared they'll rip through the manilla envelopes even though I tape them really good.