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Subject: Wrapping books question
Date Posted: 8/18/2009 11:57 AM ET
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I have my first multi book order my question is do you wrap the books inside plastic inside a box????? I usually use the brown paper so all my books go into ziplock bags first but if you are mailing a box do you wrap the books in plastic in the box???? no sure what i should do thanks in advanced for the info.

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 12:20 PM ET
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If possible, I try to place multiple books in one ziploc or individual ziplocs and tape together before boxing.  My preference is to still wrap them just in case they encounter issues along their journey.  Particularly if you will be sending someplace that may have a hurricane heading its direction soon (i.e. east cost, FL, etc) or has been experiencing high rainfall (upper north eastern U.S.).

This is just my preference, however.  You most likely can wrap in a clean, used grocery bag if you wish for added protection.  Or you can opt for nothing.  I don't recommend nothing unless you ensure the book(s) is/are tightly packed inside.  Rattling around can lead to damage.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 12:21 PM ET
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Yes, I would wrap the books in plastic.  A box can get just as wet as paper wrapping, and my opinion is that you can't be too careful.

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 12:22 PM ET
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thanks for the advice

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 6:37 PM ET
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Jennifer--

Plastic wrappers are great, and can come from recycled materials (newspaper bags, grocery bags, etc).  I live in Tornado Alley, and boxes get dumped on my front porch, fully exposed to the elements, so I really appreciate those that take the extra time to use plastic wrappings.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 3:27 AM ET
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I wrap each book in some form of plastic.  I've received multiple book orders where they were just put into a box and mailed out.  They arrived with covers and pages all bent and torn because they were thrown around so much.  If I wrap them tightly in plastic, then they hit each other as a solid object hitting another solid object and there's no damages to the covers or pages.

Ruth

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 4:12 AM ET
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I use the multi book label, cut off the bottom half and place it inside one of the books (but visible).  Wrap books together in plastic, place in box (or container of your choice), apply label, and ship.