Friday, May 16, 2014

The Cheapest Way to Mail Books

One of the mixed blessings of being a writer/voracious reader is the inevitable collection of books that accumulates quickly in small mountains wherever I happen to live. I always end up with shelves that are simply bursting in such a way that, after removing a book, it may require a crowbar to put it back again. Sometimes I even stack them two rows deep on the shelves. Besides these, there are always several (or more) stacks sitting around on the floor in various levels of organization.

As of two weeks ago, I am a senior in college.* This means that in a year I am somehow going to have to move all the stuff that I've accumulated over three years from the coldest depths of the Midwest all the way to my sunny patch of West Coast.** I decided that I should ship my books back this summer just to make next year easier for myself.

In case you hadn't realized, books are really heavy and airlines' rules about how much weight you can have in your bag before they start asking for your grandmother's jewelry and your first born child are kind of draconian. Shipping huge boxes full of bricks is also always sort of an expensive endeavor.

I was losing all hope and the world was looking black and cold and I was considering *shudder* having to throw them away, when I discovered


which allows you to ship quite large amounts of books for a lot less than the regular rates. I managed to get all my books home for about half the cost of not informing everyone within earshot that these boxes contain ONLY books.

And then there was great rejoicing among the impoverished book folk.


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* REAL LIFE? WHAT??? ARE YOU CRAZY??? NO WAY. NO NONONONONONONO NOPE. I REFUSE. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


** It's the best coast. You know it.

5 comments:

  1. I will have to keep that in mind. Just moving 45 minutes away was a hassle and I had to be tricky with how I packed all my books. (IE. mixing them with clothes, towels, and other light things).

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    1. Previously I've packed all the squishy things and then shoved books down the sides in layers. It's such a drag, because--being all sort of rectangular--books fit so nicely together if you put them all in one box.

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  2. Logging this away in the "Very Good to Know" category.

    Also just loving everything (except what I expect is its truth) about the phrase, "airlines' rules about how much weight you can have in your bag before they start asking for your grandmother's jewelry and your first born child are kind of draconian."

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  3. I can relate to that! I always have way too many books, especially in the TBR pile. I'll have to check into media mail--thanks for the tip. Wonder if they'll give me a good rate from Canada to Palau? Perhaps not....

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    1. Sadly, probably not. Since it is a USPS rate.

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