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Subject: 4 for 1 US history/geography skills
Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:34 AM ET
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I have 4 resource books I would like to do a 4 for 1 for.  They are new, never used.  They are for grade levels 5-8.  I have:

 

The 50 States

Cities

Landmarks

U.S.Presidents

If you want these, simply order US Landmarks from my bookshelf and I will send all 4.

 

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 12:03 PM ET
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Jay,

It is acceptable to put deals in the Book Bazaar. you can also put them in your signature line. I believe it is also acceptable to let others knw that you have posted a deal in the Book Bazaar. However please know that this post will probably be deleted. this forum is for sharing info and asking Questions. the PBS Librarians have asked that we not post deals in this forum.

LAdystyx

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 12:38 PM ET
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Ladystyx,

There are deals being posted in almost every other discussion area and those have not been removed - look in the teacher's lounge, childrens books, etc.  We all want to post deals here, not the insane Book Bazaar.  Our books are for a target audience - educators and homeschooler.  We have always posted deals here.  Until I see that all the other forums are stopping deals also I will continue to post and look for deals here.  It is unfair to target this one forum to stop deals. 

Anyway, you would think R&R would want us to be able to get deals easily.  More deals means more books being traded.  Since few deals have been posted here I have ordered and sent out less books than I ever have in my history here at PBS.  It is sad.  If it is not broke then don't FIX it! The way things were functioning here was fine!   Many of us refuse to look in the book bazaar - there is too much to look through there.  Now if they wanted to divide up the subjects and give us a place to post to other homeschoolers then that would be different.  We are busy educating our children - we do not have time to lok through 100 bookshelves to see which deals have homeschool books! 

Thanks for listening to my vent!  I am very unhappy about this "no deals posted here" rumor.  it has greatly reduced my trading at PBS!   

 

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 1:19 PM ET
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I also am not very please with it. I have contacted the librarians with a possible solution.  I have no problem with Venting. actually the no deals posted here is not a rumor these posts have been removed in the past.

ladystyx

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 1:19 PM ET
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Any word yet on a sticky thread for deals?

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 2:09 PM ET
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I also agree with Jay.  I have been following the conversation.  My main complaint is why are others being allowed  to continue posting deals on their forums?  I to do not have time to look through all the stuff on Book Bazaar.  Why don't they just give us a forum for teachers, childrens and homeschoolers, since they seem to cater to similar interests.  That is what I have to say.  Thank you, Melita



Last Edited on: 2/23/08 2:10 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/23/2008 2:16 PM ET
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Hi,  I was not sure which book to order.  Is it still available?  Is it  Research Skills: Landmarks?  Also, can you tell me anything about the other books?  Thanks Melita 

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 2:19 PM ET
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Just to follow up, I counted at least 10 deals posted on the first page of the teachers forum. There are more than 15 post for deals on the childrens forum.  All the other forums have little or no deals posted and Chic-Lit has a thread at the beginning set up just for posting deals. 



Last Edited on: 2/23/08 2:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/23/2008 2:31 PM ET
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I don't know if other genre specific forums are discussing this issue so hotly.  I find it ironic that the homeschooler section is....because...  If you read the help docs on discussion forums.  The homeschooling forum is the only special interest spot that has been given the green light for advertising  bookshelves.  Though in bold it says no deals.

What is the difference between advertising and no deals?  Perhaps that's the confusion. 

I like people bringing to my attention if they've posted something I may be interested in.  It's a good thing :-)  I think it was just asked that we abide by book bazaar etiquette when doing so...one or two posts per day kind of thing.

Personally I'm not a huge fan of blanket posts of "2 for 1 on my educational bookshelf"....'cause I still have to scroll through dozens or hundreds of books to find something I might be interested in.   On the flip side, if I find someone who has a book I'm wanting I almost always scroll their bookshelf to see what else they have.  Sometimes I don't find anything else and sometimes I do but the odds are much better that I might, ime.  But I don't like just scrolling random bookshelves even if it's an educational bookshelf.  There are so many different teaching styles  so textbooks could be meaningless to one and living books to another.  Homeschooling highschool is a different animal than homeschooling the beginning reader. 

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 2:41 PM ET
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I like having a more specified deal posted also. Like the one posted today about history books offered.   I myself already spend to much time looking through other book shelves when I should be getting other things done ( being that I am a book store aholic).  Also, when I looking through book shelves I might find more than one book I might like to order, but I not sure about asking for a deal as being proper.  Melita 

 

By the way what is a sticky thread?



Last Edited on: 2/23/08 2:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/23/2008 3:55 PM ET
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I think the deals are only a problem if people complain and make it a problem.

Personally, I like to find deals here and offer deals here.  Too bad we have so many self appointed rule enforceres, which is the only thing that prevents us from offering deals here.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 4:43 PM ET
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This is where the 2nd homeschool forum would come in handy. ;) 'Course, that isn't likely to happen.

Anyway, what about an Educational Books forum? I dunno.

Let's not get snappy about this again, if we can help it, please. It's not going to solve anything.

If we put our COOL heads together, maybe we can brainstorm a solution.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 7:25 PM ET
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JayZ, Keep in mind that you can put deals in your signature line - without breaking any rules - and when you mention items on your bookshelf the deal in your signature line will show.

 

Sherry

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 7:46 PM ET
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It's really up to each individual to follow the rules once they know about them. So of course some people will follow them and some people will do what they see fit and take a chance on being repremanded for it and we all know the other forums are not repremanding the posters in their forum. I posted the rules I found because so many people asked about the rules. the only request before the rules were presented was that ads be kept to one post a day like the book bazzar rules state.

angel

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 8:02 PM ET
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Actually, I found it posted that the posts on the book Bazaar are to be kept to one or 2 a day. Perhaps it is posted as 1 post a day elsewhere ? I'll copy it here. You can find it yourself by linking onto the Help Center and looking for the Discussion groups and Individual Discussion groups.

 

 

  • Book Bazaar
    • This is the place to advertise your bookshelf and "make a deal"
      • Members often post "deals" or "bargains" in the Book Bazaar, hoping to clean out their bookshelves and earn some credits.   We do not officially support such deals (there is no credit compensation for unsatisfactory or unfulfilled swaps).
      • Members cannot offer or ask MORE than "PBS Price" for a book, but they can offer more than 1 book for a credit
      • Members cannot swap books-for-books in the Bazaar (this is limited to subscribers to Box-O-Books)
    • Members also offer unpostable items here (damage books, ARCs), as incentives with a request from their bookshelves, or as "freebies" that they send free-of-charge to other members
    • We ask that members not start more than one or two topics in Book Bazaar per day, and "bumping" of your topic is discouraged, as this is unfair to other members.
      • It is perfectly all right to start a topic about your bookshelf and post an update or bump every day (once a day), to let members know about any new books or deals you are offering.
    • Only books may be swapped in the Book Bazaar.

     



  • Last Edited on: 2/23/08 8:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
    Date Posted: 2/23/2008 8:21 PM ET
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    This is interesting. I didn't know until today(after reading Rebeccas post and the Help Docs) that officialy the Book Bazaar and the Homeschooler's Corner are the ONLY  forums that topics regarding our bookshelf are allowed. Deals only on the Book Bazaar. I found this by going to the Help Docs and looking under the info for the Individual Forums. This was at the bottom of the page. You have to look at the information specifically for the Homeschool Corner to find that topics regarding bookshelfs are allowed in this forum.

     

     

    "We ask that members give thought to the appropriateness of their topic for the forum in which they post. It works best for everyone if questions are posted in Questions About PaperBackSwap, USPS issues are posted in USPS Postal Regulations, games are confined to Games, etc. Topics advertising your bookshelf should NOT be started in any forum but the Book Bazaar. Keeping "deals" and the like confined to the Book Bazaar not only unclutters the other forums, but also allows members who post deals to be sure that their deal is seen, and members who seek deals to find them. We have created enough forums to allow a place for anything our members might like to discuss."

     

     

    Date Posted: 2/24/2008 1:20 AM ET
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    Does anyone know about the opening post thread on the Chic-Lit forum.  Maybe it might be something we could consider for the Homeschool forum.  Melita

    Date Posted: 2/24/2008 3:43 AM ET
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    I like posting about our bookshelf in individual posts and putting deals in the signature, as we are allowed to do now.

    But I don't know how the thread you are referring to works on the Chic-Lit forum. Does each individual come back and update their post when books they mentioned are gone or when their deal has expired or changed ? How busy does it get ?  If they don't keep their deals updated and they stay posted for a long time it could get tiresome to keep contacting people only to find out the books are gone or deals are expired. If it stays current I could see it working.

     

    Date Posted: 2/24/2008 3:52 AM ET
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    My opinion is that a "sticky" thread like that on this forum could become very cumbersome really quickly without maintenance. I suppose it could be manageable if it were updated on a weekly basis rather than a monthly basis (I think the Chic Lit one is renewed monthly (?)) 

    Hopefully, if we had one like that, the participants would keep their own posts current.

    It may attract more deals. It would probably require a volunteer to monitor it to keep it updated.

     

    Sherry