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Subject: What different materials have you wrapped you books in?
Date Posted: 11/6/2007 11:37 AM ET
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What all does the post office let you use to wrap books? I've used brown paper bags from the store. Regular computer paper... which I gather is not all that strong. I like to try and reuse whatever I can to send my books in. I have the bag that goes around an MRE (rations from the Army) It's really sturdy plastic... could I send a book in that? What other things lying around the house could I use?

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 2:02 PM ET
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What haven't I used would be easier to answer:  Almost anything as long as it is WELL taped.

Wrapping paper

Calender pages

Boxes of all kinds:  shoe, cereal, whatever - I ONLY black out any bar code

I got a book once JUST in a zip lock bag - bag had been taped well and book was in great shape.

Bubble envelopes

Heavy brown envelopes

Recycled things I've gotten my books in.

FedEx boxes - Amazon boxes

The ONLY thing that I've been told by my PO to NOT use is Priority boxes.  Those are to be used ONLY for Priority mail.

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 3:15 PM ET
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Yeah, you can use pretty much anything as long as you have lots and lots of tape as reinforcement!  Inside out wrapping paper is a favorite of mine, which I cover entirely in packing tape.  You can use computer paper too!  But make sure you use...you guessed it...lots of tape.

Edited to add:  Also, I save all the bubble mailers I get.  If you open them carefully, you can use them again.

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Date Posted: 11/6/2007 6:56 PM ET
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I don't turn my wrapping paper inside out - why not have a pretty package?  LOL  

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 12:14 AM ET
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old wallpaper was talked about a while back.


Date Posted: 11/7/2007 10:47 AM ET
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I use the waterproof envelopes that you can get from FedEx or UPS and turn them inside out.  They work great because they wrap around the book a couple of times and keep the book nice and dry.    



Date Posted: 11/10/2007 3:05 PM ET
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I have used paper bags, recycled bubble envelopes, shoeboxes, newspaper, wallpaper just about anything and everything I can find.  The newspaper I had to use a few pages but I taped like crazy.  Was kind of cute.


Date Posted: 11/10/2007 3:33 PM ET
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I always try to re-use the wrappers that I get.  Wrappers can be so expensive and not to wasteful.  I also use the plastic that my dry cleaning comes in to wrap books in.  I use a green dry cleaner, so there is no perc worries.  I think I will probably collecting wrapping paper like crazy this December though. 

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 1:47 AM ET
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I received some books recently wrapped in an old map. I have a 20yr old outdated mapbook that I think might become book wrapping paper.   I don't really trust computer paper but I've gotten a lot of books wrapped in it and none have been damaged.  I bought some really cheap plastic type envelopes on ebay.  I reuse envelopes when a book comes in one.  The other day I cut up an old manilla envelope I had laying around. .  I've had them for at least 10 yrs and never use them and I have about 20 of them.  I had to cut it up for a larger trade-size book. But I've gotten a few books where they were wrapped in a whole recycled manila envelop.  So I'm going to try using them w/o cutting them up so the next person can reuse them.    I printout the 1pg mailing label because I like the preprinted postage. I just cut it in half put the invoice in the book and tape the label to the package.  I've been saving the bubble wrap and plastic wrap off things to wrap around books before I put paper on them.  I've also used one of those blank wrapping paper rolls to wrap books.  You know the ones you can buy for your kids to decorate.  That worked really well.

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Date Posted: 11/11/2007 10:48 PM ET
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I have used a UPS Envelope and it got there okay

(although the reciver was a little worry the post office would refuse it !


Date Posted: 11/12/2007 10:15 AM ET
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I usually try to use a cheap storage baggie with my books and then I'll use either computer paper, cereal box, or sturdy brown envelope cut to appropriate size.  I also have a roll of mailing paper but have not had need of it yet.

Oh - and something I've tried recently is wrapping in waxed paper prior to wrapping with the exterior covering.  It's cheaper than using a baggie.  Think I got that hint on here somewhere.

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Date Posted: 11/12/2007 9:49 PM ET
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I've used old posters,  grocery bags, wrapping paper, the bags diapers come in, the bag a new pillow came in, re used envelopes, almost anything I have around that is clean and reasonably sturdy.

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 12:58 PM ET
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I got a book once in a gift bag like you use for presents.  The top was taped shut, and it made for a pretty package.  I'm a little surprised the handles on the bag didn't get snagged along the way, but it made it just fine.

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 3:28 AM ET
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I use many of the items listed here but one I haven't seen is the wrapper from a ream of paper.  I work in an office so have daily access to regular 8 1/2 x 11 paper, mainly used for photocopying.  That wrapper is great because it is thicker than regular paper and it is coated so water shouldn't get in easily, although I do wrap my book in plastic beforehand.  The plastic I use is also free from the office, I reuse air filled bags that computer equipment comes in.  Another trader friend uses frozen entree boxes for mailing.

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 9:12 AM ET
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This will be my first time mailing out some books.

I was wondering if construction paper would work? I would wrap the book in some sort of plastic covering to protect it from water, but I thought it might be nice to have some color to send out!

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Date Posted: 11/28/2007 9:18 AM ET
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You may find that the construction paper color will bleed through if the package gets wet and this time of year it just might--it's a mess to handle. Could you use wrapping paper instead?

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Date Posted: 11/28/2007 9:23 AM ET
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Isn't wrapping paper kind of flimsy and thin? I just don't see how wrapping paper would be a good choice.   

Guess I'll have to go to my local store and see what they have available that I could wrap the book in. Time to be creative!  :)

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 9:26 AM ET
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Wrapping paper holds up really well through the postal system. Taping is the key to any book mailing!  Just offering some veteran advice.  

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Date Posted: 11/28/2007 10:33 AM ET
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Thanks for the advice, Connie. I just might try wrapping paper instead. I do have some old paper from last year.

If any of you get Star Wars wrapping paper, it's from me!  :-)  Hah!

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 10:45 PM ET
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I send out books and other packages wrapped in wrapping paper all the time.   I prefer the heavier weight ones such as those printed on both sides or some I've had from Scotch that were fairly heavy.        However, I've sent book in lighter wrapping paper too.     Since, I tape the whole package what is beneath the tape doesn't matter ALL that much!! LOL

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 1:54 PM ET
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I agree Cozette,

I could wrap a stack of 10 paperbacks in tissue paper and they would get to the destination just fine because I USE LOTS OF TAPE!!!!! that is the BIGGEST tip I have


and use PACKING tape, not scotch tape, not masking tape, not duct tape.

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 4:13 PM ET
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I like the ideal to use fedex or ups or even priority mail  waterproof envelopes turned inside out......you can even reuse ones you receive things in, turn them inside out, and have a white envelope to work with.  Thanks for that suggestion!  I know when I first joined PBS, I was buying a lot of bubble mailers........now I'm into recycling whatever I can..........

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 4:19 PM ET
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USPS Priority Mail envelopes and boxes can't be used for anything other than Priority Mail.  Not even if they have been used or turned inside out.  If the USPS should happen to inspect the package, the recipient will be charged the Priority Mail postage rate. 

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Date Posted: 11/29/2007 5:49 PM ET
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I'm being using bubble mailers lately.  I'll have to try some of these tips however.  I'm making a trip to Dollar General tonight, I'll see what they have.



Date Posted: 11/29/2007 8:13 PM ET
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Who suggested the Priority envelopes--I thought somebody already said it's against postal regulations and will result in a 'postage due' delivery at the Priority rate!

Thanks for catching that (again!), Marsha!

USPS Priority materials can only be used for Priority mailings. Don't turn them inside out or black out the Priority printing on them.