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Subject: Just when I think I have seen everything....
Date Posted: 6/24/2008 12:41 PM ET
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....I receive a book wrapped incompletely.  The sides of the book were completely open.  This person wrapped a piece of paper bag around the book where the dust jacket sits, glued on the instant credit label and left the sides open, though taped over with stips of tape.

It came in one piece, but this person was *extremely* lucky.

I took a pic - I'll see if I can post it.


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Date Posted: 6/24/2008 1:37 PM ET
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Wow!  Lucky it was allright. I work so hard at wrapping mine and still worry about them being ok.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 1:44 PM ET
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I received a hardcover that was wrapped in plastic wrap and then the single-sheet label was taped around the book with Scotch tape, leaving the ends of the book sticking out, covered only in the plastic wrap. Miraculously the book arrived without too much damage.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 1:44 PM ET
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Someone got one with brown paper tied to it with twine a while back. It didnt go all the way around either.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 2:06 PM ET
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Chris, I remember that!  It's amazing how people will wrap a book.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 4:42 PM ET
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What a numbnut!

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 4:59 PM ET
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I recently received a book that was partially wrapped in newspaper and the newsprint had rubbed off all over it!

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 5:19 PM ET
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I wonder if the USPS actually handles the ones obviously not wrapped well better? The ones covered, but not with anything very strong get the snot beat out of them, but send one with the book showing and it always seems to make it there undamaged.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 6:21 PM ET
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I hope it wasn't the same person who mailed me a book wrapped that same way awhile back--probably at least a year ago now that I think of it. It was a hardcover wrapped in just the PBS wrapper with the ends poking out, but like yours, it made it to me okay, amazingly! She was new at that time so I sent her a gentle PM explaining that she was lucky the book made it to me with no damage but that she really should wrap the hardcovers differently, with more protection, and gave her some suggestions.


Subject: How do it ever get to me in one piece?
Date Posted: 6/24/2008 7:08 PM ET
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I got a hard bound book a year or so ago that came in a manilla envelope that was wide open.  It was in great shape, but I believe I sent the person a suggestion that she would want to wrap book a little bit better.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 1:35 AM ET
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I'm amazed.  Do they get any other mail by the PO?  I do and much of it looks like it came through the war.  I wrap like it was an Egyptian mummy!  I always PM the sender when they don't use a plastic liner because we've had so much bad weather and I gotten several soaking wet books.  You never know the circumstances a book faces in its journey so it's best to be prepared for anything and everything.  I've found that the most abused packages are the plain manila envelopes.  They arrive really torn up.  And if they don't have plastic in them - then there's usually damage.  This has been only my personal experience.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 8:37 AM ET
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I always PM the sender when they don't use a plastic liner because we've had so much bad weather and I gotten several soaking wet books. 

I'd hope that if someone expected their books to be wrapped in plastic that they'd have RCs stating as much. I'd be a little annoyed with a PM otherwise. (I do wrap in plastic, seasonally.)

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 9:51 PM ET
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I got one wrapped just like that! Even my 12yr old daughter said "Who'd mail something like this?" (shakes head)

Let me tell you I honestly wonder what is wrong with people these days! Even my 6yr old seems to have more common sense than I see in adults! It is crazy!


Shannon, I love your pic of Laura & Almanzo!!! We are HUGE Little House fans in this house!!!

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 4:58 AM ET
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I don't  "expect" anything.  I don't use an RC because most people seem to refuse on the basis of just having a RC no matter what it might be.  I have to say that since PBS doesn't require the plastic, I don't feel that I should do that either.  But the point at which I PM a sender about wrapping in plastic is after I've received the book.  Sometimes there are other issues that will require a PM (not counting a thank you for the book and for actually taking great care in packaging a book for mailing), so I save it all for that.  I just got a book that had no protection at all just the book in a small manila clasp envelope (not even the gummed flap glued down - hand addressed - and the envelope was torn.  That's when I PM the sender - and she said that since she'd gotten a couple of RC's "not to be wrapped in plastic"  she didn't wrap any of them at all because it was too much trouble to try to make everybody happy.  I was surprised - and glad that the book made it okay (which I had told her it did).  I don't penalize anyone for not using plastic...I just try to suggest it because of my experiences with damaged books.  I'm hoping it's a gentle enough request for future consideration that it doesn't hurt anyone's feelings.  So far I haven't requested a credit back for not wrapping in plastic - not that I'm okay with it but because I don't have an RC and because they are used books and life's too short.


Date Posted: 6/28/2008 5:06 PM ET
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I got one that was wrapped in the sale ads from the newspaper (of course teh person never marked the book mailed, either, so I had gotten a 2nd copy of it--before this person even mailed the book--postmakred almost a month after the book was supposed to be mailed).

I once sent a book, and the packaging was damaged by the PO.  The receiver PMd me just to let me know.  I usually use manilla envelopes, and it was a hardcover book (I think it was 2 or more books, actually), and I guess I didn't tape it well enough, but the books arrived in good shape.  I was thankful that the receiver let me know, so now I make sure I have the package as secure as possible.

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 7:14 PM ET
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I always try to wrap mine real good . I always wonder to how they will be when they get to the destination there going to . So far so good . I like to be neat with the wrapping of my book .

This is a USED book site , some might think you have to have a brand new book . I nknow there may be wear at some point , but I find its good to PM the person , let them decide . Works for me if I'm not sure of a book .


       Anyone :) take a look at my bookshelf

                           Thanks , Dolores H.

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Date Posted: 7/2/2008 3:01 AM ET
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I've gotten one with the ends sticking out too, LOL.  Too strange!  It made it ok, thankfully.