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Subject: Who Are The Best Wrappers & Senders? : Share Your Praise
Date Posted: 1/24/2009 9:40 PM ET
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We hear the complaints all the time. How about a thread to acknowledge members who consistently ship books out on time, wrap the books well and just overall you enjoy ordering from? Are there members who you purposely order from because of your satisfaction with the product and care the member provides?

Let me be first to thank Chris F. Chris is the best wrapper on the planet! Really, I don't know how he is so neat. Wraps in plastic, too. No wasted or extra tape. And the books- the very best condition hands down. Seriously, I have received several books from Chris for over a year, usually vintage copies and they are always in pristine condition.

I joined PBS because of Chris. We trade on another site. Because of his recommendation I joined here. He told me the selection was greater and he was here. Knowing he endorsed this site was enough.

Who do you regularly request books from?

Date Posted: 1/24/2009 10:24 PM ET
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I haven't ordered from him in awhile but the best wrapper I know is Crabby-doctor (Winston C.) and he has an extensive bookshelf also.  Once I started ordering an author from him, he'd notify me each time he put one on his shelf.   PLUS - he often sells credits.   Main point - great guy who knows what to do with paper and tape!!!



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Date Posted: 1/24/2009 10:45 PM ET
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rubberducky (Kim H.)---she wraps her books in tissue paper (in addition to protective plastic) and it's just like getting a gift! 

Date Posted: 1/24/2009 11:38 PM ET
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Cozi,

Chris is also very good about letting me know when he has something new he thinks I'd like. The guy just plain rocks.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 12:08 AM ET
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Ada Y (spuds1) is awesome. I ordered a book from her and it was wrapped 3 times! It could have gone through anything!

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 1:37 AM ET
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I have to second the praise for Ada Y! I got a swap book from her and it had tons of plastic wrap to protect it from the damp.  Not to mention that she wraps it really tightly so that the book doesn't slide around or the corners get bent.

 

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 1:51 AM ET
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artfulval

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i got some books from her and was put to shame- 3 books came- wrapped individually in plastic wrap, then individually in bupple wrap, then in one of those nice cushy post office mailers!!! great job

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 11:04 AM ET
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I don't have anyone in particular to praise, I just think I'm seeing more books come in plastic, and fewer come with only one piece of scotch tape on them.  So even though just a small percentage of people read the forums, the message is getting through somehow!

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 7:02 PM ET
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There are 2000 plus members. No one remembers a particularly good PBS experience? C'mon? Let's not have complaints dominate here.

Show some love!

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 7:15 PM ET
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I don't have one in particular because there are so many, so that's something positive, IMO.  In general, the ladies who frequent the L&R forum are some of the best packers at PBS:)  But I don't want to slight any others who have done an equally concientious job either.  I personally try to pack my books in a way that I would be very pleased with if I received them.  What Dawn said (thank you for the praise, Dawn) notwithstanding, I don't always use gift tissue:P  I reuse my gift tissue to give books an extra layer of padding, but I occasionally run out and just use plastic bags.  I always use plastic though, and greatly appreciate it when my senders use it too.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 7:39 PM ET
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I would like to thank Julie H. from MI. She sent me PIllars of the Earth a while ago- a large book- and not only wrapped it in plastic, but cut out cardboard and taped it over the plastic to reinforce the covers, then bubble wrapped everything!  I don't think the book budged an inch in the 2,000 miles it traveled to me.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 8:17 PM ET
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I have received 320 books not counting deals and game books.  In that I've had TWO that were taped with gift wrapping tape, ONE that was not repostable, and ONE that got wet (NOT the fault of the sender).

So I have nothing but praise for 316 swappers on here.  All of you did great on your wrapping.  Some neater than others but they all came through the media mail process unscathed.  Thank you and THANK YOU for caring about books as much as I do!!

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 10:32 PM ET
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On the other side of this particular coin, what's the easiest way to actually open these "uber-wrapped" books without damaging them?  A few times now I've gotten books that were so heavily wrapped and taped that I've damaged the books trying to open the wrapping.

 

Any suggestions?

 (I'm not complaining mind you, I appreciate a well secured package.)



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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 12:05 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 1:15 AM ET
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I just joined so my library isn't very extensive.  I also don't have a printer for my laptop.  Can I just mail my books in a regular postal envelope? 

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 8:31 AM ET
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To be honest, most of the time when I order a book, it's coming from FIFO or off my wishlist so I don't even pay attention to who's sending it. Having received over 1200 of them, I don't recall any special packaging stars. A great majority of the books I've received are well-packaged and arrive without problems.

Reid, if you use a regular manila envelope, you want to tape the envelope with good packing tape such that it's hugging the book--if you just pop a book in the envelope and send as is, it's very easy for those corners sticking out to get caught in the postal machinery and rip the packaging open. Then the recipient will either get an empty envelope or a damaged book.

Cheryl

Subject: Curious about mega swappers
Date Posted: 1/26/2009 11:54 AM ET
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I find PBS so much fun, and it feels like Christmas when I open my mailbox and find a book there.  Still, I'm curious about some of the reasons people swap hundreds, and particularly thousands of books?  Doesn't the postage really add up - especially as libraries are free?  Or do most mega swappers not live near a good library?

I tend to order books that I want as keepers or that my local library is unlikely to have.  I particulary love when I can get copies of books that my book club is reading here at PBS.  That way, I can keep the book as long as I want, even write notes in it (still can't bring myself to do that though).  Usually these "book club books" end up being keepers.

 

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 12:58 PM ET
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Reid- I perfer to use polymailers (I buy them from co-ops for 6-10 cents a piece, but you can also get them on ebay fairly cheap) instead of manilla envelopes.  Polymailers are plastic so I don't have to wrap the books in kitchen wrap 1st & are easy to cut & tape togther to make into larger envelopes for big books (I've done that a few times with large cookbooks or multiple books going together).  Any extra enevlope material I just fold over & tape down so it's snug to the book & I can tape the PBS label to it or use a magic marker to write the address on (and with polymailers I don't have to worry about the magic marker bleeding through the envelope like it could with a paper one).

Valerie- I haven't traded hundreds yet but I'm on PBS for similar reasons that I have a Netflix membership -no late fees! lol  We're in a rural area while we do have 2 library systems within a 20min drive they're both small collections.  I like series books & can rarely find all the books in a series at the local libraries.  Also with 3 toddlers I don't get to browse books at the library like I can here.  Here I can read a book at my leisure & return it to the system whenever I'm through without a penalty (unlike the $25 I paid to the library last year when I thought I made it there but really the books were burried in my trunk for ever).  Before I found PBS I had a decent bookself of "keepers" that I always fell back on when I needed a new book & didn't have one from the library yet, but now I have such a stockpile of TBR books those former keepers (except for a few that I just can't give up) are on my PBS bookshelf waiting for new homes.  Sure I've spent money on postage but it's still less than I would have on library late fees & buying new release books that I couldn't wait for my turn at the library (sure I'm rarely at the top of the wishlists at release but I've got plenty of books to keep me occupied until it's my turn).

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 1:20 PM ET
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Tammy B. (CrystalRose) once sent me 3 books at once, and they were the most well-packaged books I had ever received!

Sharon (Mamu) and Karen (KarenLS) are also fantastic swappers!

Like Cozi, I've had very few problem transactions, so I would have to thank almost all of the swappers who sent me books!

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 1:27 PM ET
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Valerie, while I'm not a mega swapper I am being more conscious of what books I order from here.  I moved a lot from my WL to my RL because they are available from my library and I work a block away so very easy to pick up.  Part of it is due to postage costs (while not expensive still costly over time) and the fact that I have 380 books in my TBR pile at home that I need to weed through

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 1:38 PM ET
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On the other side of this particular coin, what's the easiest way to actually open these "uber-wrapped" books without damaging them?  A few times now I've gotten books that were so heavily wrapped and taped that I've damaged the books trying to open the wrapping.

I use a staple puller.  It rips through the tape and some paper, but I've never had it go all the way through to cause damage to the book.  You have to have a little patience, but it always works well for me and IMO is much safer than scissors (for me and the book :))

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 3:36 PM ET
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Valerie,

Postage can add up, but buying books is even more expensive especially when you figure in gas. Like you, I use my library branch extensively. It's like Cheers when I go which is weekly. I trade in order to build the collection at the library I run for a local nonprofit. I trade books I get at closeouts, library sales and donations we can't use. There is no funding for our library so I am left to find funding on my own. Trading allows me to acquire books I could never afford to buy and while we get some great donations, donors typically donate what they have or randomly choose from our wish list if they are willing to check it. When I trade, I am asking for specific books I have researched or fit criteria I've set based on the reading patterns of our readers.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 6:48 PM ET
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I use a very small, very sharp craft scissors.  If you can slide it in  parallel to the book edge there's no chance of cutting the pages.  I love when people wrap really well, and I don't mind the extra time it takes to open, knowing the book is well protected.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 8:07 PM ET
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I have this little mini box cutter - it's more of an exacto knife really - that came free with a large one I bought at Lowe's when we were doing some drywall work on the house last summer.  I love this thing.  It has a little chain loop on the end of it & I can put it on my key ring or just drop it in my purse or desk drawer.  The small angled blade slices right through packing tape, and slides under end flaps on the PBS wrapper books, slices open manila envelopes, poly bags & bubble mailers easily.  I'm not sure about replacing the blade on it if & when it gets dull.  I'm hoping Lowe's carries those too:P  But it beats using a steak knife, which is what I did before.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 8:36 PM ET
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I too, have only received a couple of books that werent wrapped well enough to warrant a tsk, tsk  to myself when I was opening them. And only 1 that felt I that I had to send a PM to about not using scotch-type tape.

I did get one last week from Velma (dci4it57). A hard-cover book, like new condition and despite the mean PO machines, arrived in the same shape due to here great wrapping, plastic included.

I use a small box cutter to open well-taped packages. I slide it to the first click, which only exposes a very small portion of the tip of the blade, and hold it parallel to the book and just slit a little off the outer layer of tape, and then the rest seems to come off much easier, once you can get it started. Tape is a good thing, more tape is a gooder thing.

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