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31 July 2007 @ 09:19 pm
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Okay, I've come up with a solution to our bizarre, "I have two books / I have none" problem.

To everyone who has one book: send it as soon as you can. If you can read it and annotate in a day, do it, but if it's a little longer then just stop, skip to the end and give whatever impression you have of it. You can try to skim through to the end without notating, but the point is you must send.

To everyone who has no books: Sit tight, they're coming. :D

To everyone who has two books: Okay, here's what we'll do. If you have two books and haven't read either, note that in the cover and send ASAP to whoever's next on your list. I mean it; don't even try to read it unless you have the time or you're certain it will only take one day. If, God forbid, you have three books now, send two ahead to the next person.

To those who receive two books: Read one as fast as you can and send it along.

I think that should work out. If there's a flaw in my plan, please go ahead and point it out, if you will.

ALSO: I've found that it is cheapest to send all parcels of books via first class. Things arrive in 5 days or so, and it cost me $3 to send two books. So long as the package weighs less than a pound, which it should since these are paperbacks, do that and it'll expedite that part of the process. It's also less expensive than media mail; one book to bribitribbit via Media Mail was $6. And, use a bubble-wrap envelope if you can; we can reuse those, and they're like fifty cents to buy.

I'm going to say we should aim for Monday being our ship-by date. All in favor?
 
 
 
かすち: [mt] realizekasuchi on August 1st, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
Just running a quick Google search, and I tend to get opinions that swing both ways. In my experience, Media Mail is more expensive, and First Class can also be sent using simply stamps. It's really personal preference, I suppose, though I do like first class and find it much easier, especially if I ship on a Sunday. First Class also arrives in 2-3 days, while Media Mail usually takes about a week. (Prices vary by weight, so you may simply have had lighter books than I did. The Curious Incident is rather dense.)

*shrug* To each their own. Just be warned - Media Mail tends to be opened and inspected just to check and make sure that all contents are compliant with the government's regulations. Offenses are logged, and repeat violations can lead to legal action. That's the one advantage to First Class / Priority Mail that's absolute.