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Subject: What size bubble mailers do I buy?
Date Posted: 5/27/2010 12:04 PM ET
Member Since: 3/29/2009
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Can anyone tell me the correct size of bubble mailer for a mmp, and also trade size book?

I never get the right ones!

Subject: bubble mailer
Date Posted: 5/27/2010 3:46 PM ET
Member Since: 11/4/2009
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Why a bubble mailer.  Get plastic wrap and use paper....

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 8:48 PM ET
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I only buy them if they are on a deep clearance, like 10 cents each, and get the small and medium. Mostly I reuse what ever materials I can find in my own house.

I open the mail now with book sending in mind. All the plastic and all the envelopes that may fit a book gets stashed in a basket by my desk. Ditto on plastic that other stuff I buy, like clothing or electronics. I reuse the larger plastic-y envelopes that samples and junk mail come in, books that are sent to me, and any other packaging material that comes in the mail.

The other day I got an order of T-shirts that I ordered. Each shirt was in a plastic bag, and the whole order was sent in a huge mylar envelope/bag. I saved every thing. I will be able to wrap a dozen books in that mylar. And every MMP that goes out will have its own plastic bag with the PBS wrapper as the outer layer.

I like that I can recycle materials that dont end up in a landfill, and it is less garbage for me to carry outside on garbage day.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 9:40 PM ET
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I couldn't agree more.  I, too, recycle everything received.  However, sometimes my mailing is more than my receiving and I like padded envelopes vs the weak waterproof ones and sometimes I just need to get a book out without all the hassle of wrapping.   I am going to try the 7 1/4 by 10, I guess.  Didn't have a choice of small or medium.  They were 15 cents each and that's fine with me.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:08 PM ET
Member Since: 5/12/2010
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I buy the #1 and #2 I like using these more than the wrapper that pbs lets you print out because you can recycle the whole thing while the wrapper not so much. I bought a box of 25 #2 bubble mailers at target for $5 on clearance and the #1 at the dollar store for 2 for $1. If I don't have any plastic that I can reuse I use quart size ziplock storage baggies and write "please recycle or reuse" on them.

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 2:59 PM ET
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I've ordered these off of Amazon: 100 - 10x13 White Poly Mailers Bags

About $10 (and that's including shipping) - there are 100 of them, so it's a great deal and you can fit any book provided you kind of wrap it like a Christmas present. They're waterproof and sturdy. I love them.

Last Edited on: 6/2/10 3:00 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/3/2010 10:57 AM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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Just a warning about the poly mailers.  The machines love to punch holes in them and that renders them NOT water proof.  If you do as Rebecca mentioned and tape those very tightly around the book, the machines have less of a chance to NOT puncture them.  I don't think I've ever got one that didn't have at least one hole in it.

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 4:26 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 7/19/10 9:05 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/12/2010 5:37 PM ET
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Like I said I got mine on clearance at Target. 25 for about $6. Dollar tree has them as well in packs of two.

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 12:07 AM ET
Member Since: 5/21/2010
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If you're thrifty like me you can always make your own bubble mailers . =P

Staples has some good prices. 7.99 for 100 catalogue envelopes  and 17.99 for 200 ft of bubble wrap.

Most of the time you can wrap an entire book with  1/2 a ft of bubble wrap 1 ft at the most.

wrap + envelope = about 13 c per book.

Last Edited on: 6/15/10 10:30 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/16/2010 10:06 PM ET
Member Since: 5/13/2009
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Awesome prices if you don't mind ording a bunch www.uline.com  I keep a couple of boxes in my basement.