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Subject: Wonder if this is one reason why books go lost...
Date Posted: 7/14/2012 8:43 PM ET
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Today, I received a book that was taped in all the right places except for my address, which is not a requirement to be taped. My address was almost completely torn off, and I can see how it would be impossible to make its way to my house if it had. I think it was a tip from Denise a while back that she always taped the member's address that she was sending the book to. Since I read that tip, I always tape over the address, now I know that would have helped this book.  Love the tips on here and thanks Denise. :)

If my address had been torn off completely, would the book have been sent back to the sender or would it have just gone lost?

Date Posted: 7/14/2012 11:20 PM ET
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Sometimes it pays to be a worrywart!  Regarding what happens if the address is torn off or defaced beyond reading?  If the return address is still legible, the package may be returned to sender.  Otherwise IIRC USPS will look inside to see if there is an emergency address, years ago a postal employee encouraged me to always include an address inside packages JIC.  For PBS, I use the 2nd sheet/bottom portion of the mailing label and use a bright highlighter to circle the receivers address. Then fold it in half and place inside the book with the circled address showing on the outside, and follow with plastic underwrap.  In case something happens, I want the back-up to be very easy to find...I figure the more they have to search the more likely the package will just end up forgotten in a bin somewhere.

Luckily, the PO is actually quite good at delivering 'somewhat' damaged packages.  Couple years ago I received one that had obviously been wet at one point, as the PBS label was all blurred and runny (the DC was illegible).  But USPS manged to get the package delivered to me anyway, I've no idea how...it was difficult for me to read the label and I knew what it was supposed to say!  A bonus, the book inside was wrapped in plastic and arrived in pristine condition.

Glad your book arrived heart



Last Edited on: 7/14/12 11:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 4
Date Posted: 7/15/2012 5:40 AM ET
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I always put a piece of tape over the my address and the person I'm sending the book to.  I learned that here and it makes me feel better.  If the book packaging got wet, the address would be protected. and readable.

Date Posted: 7/15/2012 5:59 AM ET
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Even for those folks who write the address out, it is always good to put tape over the address to and from.  Tape is one of the things people should not skimp on when mailing parcels.  I am a mummifier but there is always a corner that can be snipped and then the scissors/seam ripper can glide along the edge.  I do not tape it solidly around the books as much as the PBS mailer does.  Also I do include my address and the receiver's address inside via the mailing label printed out by PBS.  Definitely let that sender know about the label.

Date Posted: 7/15/2012 10:30 AM ET
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I always put the entire PBS wrapper *in* the package and print another address to go on the outside.  (I don't use PBS postage, but if you did, you could just print two copies of the wrapper.)

Date Posted: 7/15/2012 3:22 PM ET
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I always put a piece of tape over the my address and the person I'm sending the book to.  I learned that here and it makes me feel better.  If the book packaging got wet, the address would be protected. and readable.    +1

I also include the address inside the plastic prewrap, jic

Date Posted: 7/18/2012 12:17 PM ET
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I always fold the part of the PBS printed page that says this book is from so-and-so and don't forget to mark the book received, and copy the address on the blank side of that.  Then if the book is a single, I wrap it in clear plastic with that written address showing through.  For the outside, I use the printed shipping label and cover it completely with tape for protection. 

If the package has multiple books, I still wrap the books in individual plastic for protection, but then I combine all the books in a plastic bag from Walmart, etc., (tied tightly) to make sure the complete order stays together if the outer envelope or box gets damaged enough for a book to fall out.  Then I tape the address that I wrote on the PBS printed page to the outside of that bag.  Then I place the bag in the appropriate box, envelope, etc. and package as before.

In each instance there are 2 address labels - always protected by tape, etc, but in clear veiw.  You would think that would cover the all the bases; I couldn't think of anything else to do to make sure a package would make it to it's destination, but I still have had books go missing.

Date Posted: 7/18/2012 1:41 PM ET
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What I do for extra insurance is that I will wrap the book in plastic to keep it from getting wet and then I will tape the address to the plastic.  This is just a safeguard step I take just in case the book gets separated from the package.  I mumify the book so hopefully that never happens but you never know when a postal employee is going to check to see if it really is media mail. I don't trust them to secure it back with tape as firmly as I would do.

Date Posted: 7/18/2012 5:57 PM ET
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Yea, Denise. I think it was about two years ago when I saw Denise suggest taping over the recipient's addy and I've done it ever since. And I've rec'd pkgs that had just a few raindrops hit them and smear the PBS labels so I know this can potentially be a lifesaver for getting a book to its proper place.