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Subject: More than 1 copy available - choose which to order?
Date Posted: 4/14/2012 3:25 PM ET
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When there is more than one copy of a title available, is there a way to see the bookshelves of all the members who have it? It's possible that even though person #1 doesn't have anything else I want to order, person #5 might have several titles I'm interested in. 

Date Posted: 4/14/2012 4:19 PM ET
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No way to do that using regular means of ordering through the first-in-first-out system. But if you like to order multiples, you may want to take a look at becoming a Box-O-Books member. It costs 8 dollars a year, and you can trade multiple books with other boxers. I used the service for a while and had fun with it, until I realized that I already have so many unread books that I probably won't be getting around to finishing them all in my lifetime.

 

ETA: You can search for particular books, then pick and choose between B-O-B members that you want to order from. And a trick: If you don't want to "trade" but would rather just pay credits for the books that you find, everyone's PBS nickname is visible so you can just find them using the member search and order directly from their shelf.



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Date Posted: 4/14/2012 7:25 PM ET
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The FIFO system doesn't work that way hro.

Therefore, I would look at things like the copywrite date (the newest edition may arrive in better condition), size (do you prefer tradesize vs. pocketbook size?), and details like that.  You can only check the other member bookshelf after you have requested a book from them....and maybe if you are a gold-key member you can check your friends' bookshelves if you are seeking a specific title (not positive on this last bit).

hro
Date Posted: 4/15/2012 7:49 AM ET
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Thanks for the answers! 

I'm just surprised at how frequently people will have one odd book on their shelf. Like, someone will have the first book in a historical fiction series, so I check their shelf to see if they have the rest of the series, or at least some more historical fiction, but...no.....all the rest is bodice rippers and kids books. I thought if I could look through the shelves of the 20 people who have that particular book, I'd find someone whose shelves make sense. smiley

 

 

 

Date Posted: 4/15/2012 12:15 PM ET
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My shelf doesn't make sense either. Probably because most of the books on there were given to me by my family/friends or bought at the Goodwill. I've never read 99.9% of them.

Keep in mind though; ordering every book in a series seperately, from several different people, may take a bit longer but it's not costing you anything extra. Ordering multiples from someone benefits the sender, not the receiver. It'd be nice to get a nice big package full of books from someone, but you can only read each book so fast. No harm in waiting a bit for the rest while you're reading the first book.

hro
Date Posted: 4/15/2012 10:09 PM ET
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I hadn't even considered that people would pick up books just to post them here for credits! I guess that's how people end up with so many credits that they have to sell them. 

It's not so much that I want someone to have lots and lots of books I can order. I was thinking more along the lines of finding new titles/authors based on readers who have similar taste. But if people are posting books they haven't even read, I guess that theory isn't going to work. 



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Date Posted: 4/15/2012 10:34 PM ET
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Yeah,  think 99% of my shelf I haven't read. I stand at the tables after the FOL booksale and go through them "saving" all of the books that are in really good condition that I can.  Most of what I read is Wish Listed and don't stay on my Bookshelf.

The site really believes in FIFO. There are a few things that go around it and I think a few more in the works that allow members to order more from one member, but for the most part they encourage FIFO ordering.

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 8:53 AM ET
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A big chunk of my Bookshelf I haven't read.  I frequent several secondhand stores to find books for as little as 25 cents apiece in some places.

-RD

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 8:58 AM ET
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The "bag day" at FotL sales is a great way to get books to swap.  (One of the libraries here has one-day sales, and the prices are 50 cents for a small paperback, $1 for a large paperback, or $5 for a bag.  It doesn't take too many books you want for yourself to make getting a bag worthwhile, and then you can end up with a lot to swap.)

Our local thrift shop used to sell paperbacks for a dime each or a bag of up to 15 for $1, but they recently raised their prices and got rid of the bag price. :-(

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 4:24 PM ET
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My Goodwill started selling all books 4-for-$1.00 and the place has been my obsession ever since. I got a beautiful HB copy of Under The Dome back when it was newly released. List price for that monster is $35.00, and I think I was somewhere in the 600s on the WL for it here. I almost fainted getting it for a quarter.

Date Posted: 4/21/2012 2:01 PM ET
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If you are looking for series, check out the second book in a series and see the person's shelf. They might have #1. Or the person who has book 3 might have the first two. I've had success that way before.

And you don't have to order the book to see the shelf, as someone above said. You can add other books before you process your complete order. (unless there was a change recently that I am not aware of lol)

Date Posted: 4/21/2012 2:19 PM ET
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You might also list what your looking for in the book bazaar ,maybe you will get lucky.

Date Posted: 4/25/2012 7:23 AM ET
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some of us figured out as new members who weren't getting many orders(so had few credits ) that we needed to greatly increase our bookshelves. So I searched for most desired books, made a list of them and went in search of them and popular series at the FOL sales at the libraries.
hro
Date Posted: 4/25/2012 5:56 PM ET
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Thanks for the info and replies. I don't have any problem getting credits....all the books I list are taken as soon as I post them! But I do have difficulty finding a way to use those credits....no one seems to list the books I'm looking for, which is why I wish I could browse through more members' bookshelves. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 10:19 AM ET
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You could order the book, then it lets you check to order other books from that sender.  After you "look," you have to confirm your order, so you could cancel then and look to order another copy from someone else.