How I Pack a Book - The Book Burrito
This page is dedicated to Fiziwig - who taught me how he stored his books, his SKU system and the famous Book Burrito.
Fiziwig went off and got himself a Real Job and gave up bookselling, but I will always wish him the best and thank him for his help!
Here's what I learned from Fiziwig and some adaptations I've made since.
The advantages of packaging books this way are:
Packaging costs are significantly lower than boxes or bubble mailers.
Packages are lighter, saving on average postage costs.
Media mail is subject to inspection, but the post office can see the book inside the poly bag and never needs to open it to inspect it.
It is weather proof if the postman leaves the package on the doorstep in the rain or drops it into a puddle.
The resulting package is very neat and professional looking.
With the packing slip visible when the mailing label and postage are printed it's virtually impossible to get the wrong mailing label on the package, which reduces expensive mailing errors.
1 - Here we have a lovely book and its packing slip. I use decorated paper to print out my slips, 2 per page, then cut in half.
2 - Next I pick out the wrapping paper and sticker and wrap the book.
3 - Here's the wrapped book and the packing slip.
4 - Next I cut a piece of b-flute (cardboard) to protect the book from handling and to make sure paperbacks books don't get bent.
5 - Cut off the bottom portion of the b-flute.
6 - Wrap that strip (from the bottom portion you cut off) around the book top to bottom. This protects the ends.
7 - Close up the sides of the b-flute and tape. This is the Book Burrito.
8 - Slide into clear poly bag and weigh the package.
9 - Print out the label on the back of the packing slip. Slide label into bag.
10 - Seal the package (it's now waterproof and tamper resistant).
11 - Trim the sealed end and you're done!
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