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Subject: What do you use to mail out the book in?
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 1:12 AM ET
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I have not send a book out yet, but I was wondering what do you use to mail out the books in.  I have looked up some things and seen all types of envelopes to use.  Like bubble, rigid, padded, tyvek,poly..ect.. What do you think is the best to mail out the books in.

Subject: How much you want to spend and type of book.
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 9:03 AM ET
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I'm a new member, as well. So I am learning the intricacies of PBS. Some tips: If it is a mass media paperback then you can use the printed 2 page wrapper. I wrap them in Saran Wrap first and I use lots of thick packaging tape. I reuse padded envelopes or packaging from other PBS members. If you are sending a children's book under 3/4 inches add a piece of rigid card board. I hope this helps. It is all about how much $ you want to spend at the on set. Good luck!
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 9:41 AM ET
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I used the PBS wrapper for mmps when I first joined.  Now I usually have mailers on hand that I've received books in and just use again. 

For awhile I was using those Tyvek envelopes.  I've used cereal boxes, Amazon boxes, kids fingerpaint paper whatever I have on hand at the time.  Everytime I got to Staples or an Office Supply store I take a peek in the envelope section. Sometimes they have BOGO sales and you can pick up bubble mailers pretty cheap. 

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Date Posted: 3/1/2009 11:49 AM ET
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Whatever you use, be sure to use plenty of packing tape (not scotch tape) and make sure the book is not loose in the package.  The only times I've received damaged packaging is when the package has been too big for the book.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 12:01 PM ET
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Thank you so much.  This helps alot. =)

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 3:03 PM ET
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I now re-use the the envelopes I receive books in, but if I run out, I use printer paper and wrap it like a present and make sure all the corners have plenty of packing tape.

I also have a roll of plastic wrap and I wrap the books in that first no matter what I use to package it in.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 12:25 AM ET
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I buy bubble mailers in bulk and use those.  Size #0 will fit most paperbacks (up to about 300 pages) and size #2 fits many hardcovers.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 7:27 PM ET
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Whatever is handy & meets PBS guidelines.  I'm big on recycling mailers, envelopes, and brown paper bags.  I avoid gift wrap 'cause most is very brittle.  Just make sure there's not alot of excess room in your wrapper (PO tends to be hard on those) and use lots of good packing tape.

Welcome Lorraine!

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 2:20 AM ET
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i used to use the PBS mailer only but i found it time consuming when i had a lot of requests so i went to using bubble mailers like Bernhard B. they are really convenient because you just slip it in and seal it without a lot of tape (i just use it over the sealing flap and the label) and you don't  have to worry about water damage. i also recycle any bubble mailers i get from others or from packages i order. i order books from sbfc.com too and i will keep what they send the book in to use later. Welcome to PBS!

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Date Posted: 3/9/2009 4:41 PM ET
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Most of the books I have sent out have been trade paperback sized, and the PBS mailer really doesn't work so well for those. I've found that slipping them inside a plastic bag and then wrapping with freezer paper and lots of packing tape works really well. The freezer paper is pretty sturdy and one roll will last you quite a while.

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 10:51 PM ET
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I bought a bunch of poly mailers off EBay and they work really well because the sizes I bought fit the books perfectly. It's a nice snug little package. If for some reason I have a weird sized book (or a hard cover), I use manila envelopes, too. I generally can't recycle what I get books in because it's often just paper covered in a bunch of tape, but I'm ok with that because I know polys aren't that easy to recycle either.

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 9:19 PM ET
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I had 2 hardcover books to mail together today.  I used a Gushers box.  It was a large one from BJS.  I just put the gusher's packets into our candy jar.  I added some packign peanuts that came with something  to keep the books from flopping around.  I didn't cover the box and just taped the label on to it-I hope they take it that way.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 7:35 PM ET
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I wrap books in an underlayer of plastic, then an outer layer of wallpaper. The wallpaper is economical to buy at thrift stores and I've heard back from members that it holds up really well in shipping. If I have several books going together, I wrap tape around the plastic covered books to make a cube shape then wrap in the wallpaper.

However, steer clear of vinyl wallpaper, because tape won't stick to it. I ended up rewrapping some books that came unwrapped before I even got them out the door.

Pam

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 11:49 PM ET
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first i wrap in those little plastic veggie bags (from grocery stores) or other plastic

then i wrap in paper bag or maps- my son had some kind of school project to do and ordered maps from every state online- in the largest amount possible... we had maps coming for weeks. like 200 maps or so... i am finally down to about 30....

tons of tape- every single bit of paper gets taped!

i hatehatehate the pbs wrapper- every single time i get a book in it there is a problem. ok- not every time but often enough that i notice

also mailers others have sent book to me in- i have TONS of those.

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 1:45 AM ET
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The Goodwill in my neighborhhood has plastic wrap for .99 cents and calendars for .49 cents.  These calendars are pretty heavy paper so I've been using those lately with lots of packaging tape.  I even found calendars large enough to perfectly wrap a trade size paperback.  I also use the envelopes I receive books in and the boxes. 

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 4:45 AM ET
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Just like Marcia, I love using calendars to wrap books in and everyone in the office saves me their calendars for wrapping books in.  The kind with glossy paper especially is helpful to ward off a little water.  I use a lot of other materials for book wrapping.  My basic book wrapping style is to cardboard the front of the book, put in plastic wrap of some sort (love the air filled pockets I get for free from my IT dept), for outer wrapper, I use calendar sheets, the wrapper from a ream of paper, or even thick glossy conference/seminar brochures.  I typically wrap two layers for the outer wrapper, and then tape down everything with packing tape.  The IT dept. also saves me foam peanuts, small boxes, and bubble wrap; everyone in the office saves me their small boxes too.  I also reuse bubble wrappers that other books were mailed in.

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 6:56 PM ET
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Hey Marcia, I received one of your books wrapped in a calendar page...it arrived in great condition!

Also recently received a book wrapped in tyvek (?) like they had cut down and reused a FedEx envelope.  worked great and I suspect it's water resistant (and possibly waterproof).

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 8:33 PM ET
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I use 10 x 13 "pull and seal" tyvek envelopes.  Since I started using these, I have had no lost or damaged books. :)

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 1:33 PM ET
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Whatever is next to me: paper, used bubble mailers, sometimes new bubble mailer, grocery paper bags etc. The only exception are hardcovers which I almost always send wrapped in cereal cartons.
Subject: mailing supplies
Date Posted: 3/30/2009 3:22 PM ET
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I go to wholesale store (the ones who grocerys buy from), buy the #20 brown paperbag. Big huge pile but worth it.

They will hold any paperback including most trade paperback size.  and  hardcover the long way--use 2 for hardcovers.

Open bag, but in book, fold bag over and address. then tape the long way and add stamps!

Make sure you don't tape over the stamps!

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 4:20 PM ET
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plastic bags (veggie/fruits) and then i used an old paper bag from shopping along with tape tape tape!
Date Posted: 3/31/2009 8:43 AM ET
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Lots of good ideas in this thread!  What do you all use if you're sending 3 or 4 books together and don't have a box?

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 11:39 AM ET
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Paula, I have wrapped them in plastic and taped the plastic so that it's like a brick (books can't move) and then wrapped in either brown paper or some other paper and taped again well.   I've done this even when the books are not the same size.  Makes for a weird looking package, but they've always gotten there in good shape.  Be sure to tape all edges and corners well.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 12:04 PM ET
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i do the same thing as Cozette ... i'm sending out 4 books to a requestor today and the packing looks funny, but i put a crap load of tape, so it should be ok.
Date Posted: 3/31/2009 12:37 PM ET
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Thanks!  I have brown paper so I will try that.

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