Pile of books and box before packingWe started to collect books that we would want in Italy over the past few months as Valerie is an avid reader who reads almost a book a week, while I read about one a month. This collection of books includes everything from cookbooks to travel guides, Bible reference guides to fiction and some magazines. The reason to ship books is that English language books can be expensive in Italy so we figured for the price of the M-Bag we could have some books sent ahead to us.
Box packed with books ready for USPS
I tightly packed the books into the box which we then took to the post office here in Corrales, let them see what was in the box then taped it up, stuck it in a mail sack they provided, filled out the required customs forms and M-Bag tag and sent the bag on its way to our friends in Rome. This method is inexpensive because it goes by boat across the ocean, there is no express service in this deal. I have heard it can take as long as 10 weeks for delivery so we will see if we or the M-Bag arrives first in Italy.
12/19/2006: Our M-bag has still not been delivered to Italy. Our attempts to try and track this from Italy and from Corrales have been futile. I would not recommend this as a viable option, even though others have had positive experiences with M-bags. If these are books you really want - don't do it this way!
When we left Italy in May 2008, the M-bag had never arrived in Italy!