Introduction: Cheap and Easy Media Mailer

I've found myself in the situation a few times of having a CD/DVD to mail, but neither the time nor the inclination to go to the post office. Nice (see: costs money) media envelopes are out there, but after fooling around in the ol'word processor a little, I've found this to work like gangbusters. For the record, one can mail (2) CD's or DVD's anywhere in the continental U.S. (incl. military addresses) for (2) first class postage stamps. Also for the record, I've mailed out tons (reams?) of these things over the years, and I've yet to have one show up mangled.

Step 1: The File

Here we go. Attached should be the file, all nice and formatted. Herein also is a screen shot as it looks in the OpenOffice. Edit the address info as needed, of course.
-And by the way, should any of you be handy with the mail merge fields and whatnot, by all means edit this dude and send it back to me. I never have been able to get it to work right.

Step 2: And Printed

Perhaps a little gratuitous, but here it is all printed out. You can see the handy borders.

Step 3: Fold It

Fold it along the (again, handy) borders and plop your optical disc in there...

-And before anyone asks, yes, the video contained therein could very well be copyrighted.
But it's Dutch.
And they don't care.

Step 4: More Folding

Fold the two big ends inward, overlapping. Then fold the two short sides just like you would a present, forming the points. Here I like to lay a strip of tape across the overlapped big ends to help keep it straight. -I usually use packing tape (sturdier) but damned if I could find any.

Then just fold the points in and tape it, again, just like a present.

Step 5: Ready to Go

Just slap the two stamps on the upper-right and stick her in your mailbox. I suppose a "FRAGILE" stamp wouldn't hurt, should you have one, but I'll say again, I've never had a problem.

Comments

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myohmy (author)2009-03-07

What's a "mail merge"? BTW cool idea!

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hotcharlie (author)myohmy2009-03-07

It's some deal with MS Office -build a spreadsheet/a database/whatever, then have the address fields filled out from it. Copy that? Thanks for the comment!

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-07-09

Nice! When I do it I add a piece of hard plastic or cardboard on each side to protect it even more.

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hotcharlie (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-14

Oh now yer cuttin in to my bottom line, see... ;) Yeah I doubt the added weight would make for much added postage. Not a bad idea. If anyone's looking at this, I should have said "any U.S. postal address" -not just continental, and this does also apply to overseas military addresses (have tried, does work). And...someone, please, insert some nice mail merge fields in there. It's kinda sloppy as-is. And...sorry for the crappy pictures. And...thanks for the comment!

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