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[Edited to reflect a few months of additional delay. :-/ ]

Finally.

In June or July 2014 - it depends on when we actually receive them - Release Bags will be available in the BookCrossing Store again!

We will offer one size only, for the time being: 21 x 26 cm (~ 8.5 x 10.5" ).

A preview of the new layout will be AVL shortly.

== Multilanguage

We'll start with English and German bags.

We are preparing to offer the bags also in a few more languages but haven't yet decided which languages that will be. It's a bit difficult: We have to order a pretty significant number of each language to get a halfway reasonable price. But we cannot just go by level of activity in your country or even by the number of wild releases. We think it's safe to assume that in warm and dry countries the need for plastic bags for outdoor releases is much lower then e.g. in northern countries like Finland (yes, Finish probably is a strong candidate for your own release bags - or maybe a Scandinavian edition with several languages on one bag.).

If you can manage to organize a group order of at least three to five thousand bags in your language that would help getting your language into the store! More on this below.

== Pricing

Currently I can't give you final numbers (they are just not yet finally decided upon).
I *think* it will be around or even slightly lower then their price had been years ago (some 20 $-cent per bag, if I remember correctly). We still have to figure out how to deal with the shipping costs since those bags are pretty heavy and bulky in shipment. Probably part of these costs will go into their retail price. Of course volume discounts will apply, as usual.

== Pre-Order / Group-Order

We are considering offering a significant discount for large orders (say: minimum 500 or even 1000 bags) that are placed and paid well in advance. The price might get as low as 12 $-cent per bag (plus actual shipping costs). The idea is that some BookCrosser in a region places the order and then distributes the bags to others either by mail or even personally (e.g. at meetings).
We are not sure it really makes sense for the English (and German?) bags (now waiting for your feedback ;-> ), but it may be very interesting for the "small" languages. As indicated above it might help bring your language into the store if you can arrange group orders of a significant volume.

We'll decide upon and provide more details after we've done some more research - and after we've seen some of your feedback.
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YAY!!!

Thank you.
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Hurray!

Let's hope the gods of speedy printing and delivery are in our favour. :-)
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Hi Moem,
Any chance of getting any Dutch bags? I'd be happy to pre-order a 100 bags or so.
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Hi Moem,
Any chance of getting any Dutch bags? I'd be happy to pre-order a 100 bags or so.
To have a batch of bags printed for a reasonable price we'd have to order some ten to twenty *thousand* bags with the same layout - at least ... :-/
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Yippee!

We think it's safe to assume that in warm and dry countries the need for plastic bags for outdoor releases is much lower then e.g. in northern countries like Finland (yes, Finish probably is a strong candidate for your own release bags - or maybe a Scandinavian edition with several languages on one bag.).

This is what I've been dreaming of - never thought it would come true, though. Release bags in Finnish, or in Finnish and Swedish (practically all Scandinavians - which Finns really aren't - do understand Swedish, I think) would be a dream come true. Yesh! Can't wait for the day...
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RE: Yippee!

practically all Scandinavians - which Finns really aren't
Mmmmmaybe we should put Estonian - and possibly even Hungarian - on these bags, too ... ;-)
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Yes!

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Dance of Joy

And, btw, if no one has said this in a while:

3 cheers for Ardik!
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And, btw, if no one has said this in a while:

3 cheers for Ardik!


Ditto
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3 cheers for Ardik!


At least 3. But really lots more!!
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I love the bags :) I hope to see a return of many of the items the store use to have.
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Well, I'm afraid most of them did not sell well enough for us to start stocking them again. But for some of them, we are working on ways to offer them.
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Good news!
I will report to the spanish group and keep you informed :D
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This was the one thing I was really missing from the supply store
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I'm in Winnipeg in the middle of Canada so the climate reasons for release bags are obvious but even more I like them because they really help give the books visibility. My catch rate is over 20% and I attribute that to using release bags a great deal.
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Fantastic! I'm sure these help releases to be seen and they are certainly needed for the inclement and unpredictable British climate.

Is there somewhere in England from where they can be ordered, please?
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Is there somewhere in England from where they can be ordered, please?

You can just order them from the Supply Store once they arrive. There isn't a separate Store for every country, but there is a European branch now, and whatever you order there will be sent to you from within the EU.
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Thanks for all your hard work. The bags were very popular at the Leeds Convention. I tend to use cheap food bags for my children's book tree and the real bags for adult books (who need a bit more tempting that it's not a con or religious matter).
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I have been missing those for the geocaching releases that I've been doing! :)
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Looking forward to those, as bad weather knocks at the door. :)
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Thank you AGAIN for all your hard work. ("You" meaning the whole support team, of course.)
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Finally. In January or February 2014 - it depends on when we actually receive them - Release Bags will be available in the BookCrossing Store again!

Not yet...
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I just ordered some World Book Night and some International BookCrossing Day bookplates from the Supply Store, but didn't see any release bags yet.
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The bags will not arrive before June.

The seriously embarrassing part is that this is mostly caused by some mis-communication on my end which I happened to realize just recently.

I'm very sorry and sincerely apologize for this additional delay. Of course we wanted to have them available well before the Convention and before BookCrossing Day.

I'll post an update as soon as I know more details, which might happen in a week or two.
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Thanks for the update...i will endeavor to be patient ;)
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I love these bags, especially for outdoor releasing in such a rainy climate as Manchester, Uk!
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Thank you! I've missed them and will definitely order a lot! Even on sunny days I use some kind of plastic bag 'cause here in Norway you never know when the weather will change and we release books in any kind of weather all year around.
If you decide on a scandinavian edition I would be even happier.
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...where cann i Buy some of those Releasbags?

Becaus i would Travel ti Edingbourgh this September!

Greetings from Berlin Germany!
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...where cann i Buy some of those Releasbags?

Becaus i would Travel ti Edingbourgh this September!

Greetings from Berlin Germany!


See above from Ardik:

The bags will not arrive before June.
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The bags will not arrive before June.

And once they arrive, you can buy them in the Store.
http://secure.bookcrossing.com/
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Hurra!
I have only one bag left after creating a Booktree in the forest on the international BC day!
I was looking for information about how to Get some more BC plastic Bags with zip on. It's great to read they will comeback in the store. I love to do wild release and the Bags are so usefull! Glad to learn the new Bags will be back early in summer! I do hope the europeian store will have them as well..? Please tell us as soon as we can order them! Thank you very much!
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I do hope the europeian store will have them as well..?

Yes, because there is only one Store. The European branch never had, and never will have, a separate Store.
Everything the Store sells is available to all members, all over the world.
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I have an order to place with the store and just noticed this post. I'm going to wait until the bags arrive in the store to place the order. Can't wait!!
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You didn't sell out while I was on vacation and AFK, did you? ;)
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We received word from the vendor:

The bags are currently cruising the seven seas and are expected to arrive in early September. That would mean we'll have them ready in the store probably in the 2nd week of September.
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Yay!!!!

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Good to know they're at least getting closer!
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Great news! I got a couple of Bags as a RABCK from another member and used two in the rainy outdoor releases I made today. So I'm quite "needy" just now, autumn coming up and all, it will be very fine to get more BC bags to use in this season. Thank you for all the work you do to support us in this wonderfull hobby or lifestyle!
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This weekend!

You'll start seeing them in the store this weekend.

We'll start with a few options to order big amounts for a significantly lower price and we will add the regular amounts / prices a bit later.

Expect the final price to be roughly around 20ct (US-$) per bag.
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Thank you for the update!!

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