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Subject: ? about bookshelf deals and postage
Date Posted: 10/9/2009 4:10 PM ET
Member Since: 9/21/2009
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Relatively new here(within 2 weeks) so forgive if this isn't the place to post this.  I'm thinking about offering a 2 for 1 deal or something of that nature for books from my bookshelf.  How do I go about doing this?  And how does postage work when shipping 2 books rather than one?  I like using the auto postage and the auto delivery confirmation.  I think it's "safer" for the sender and the receiver-but how do I over-ride the automated system to tell it-for example-that the weight is 12oz vs. 8oz(or whatever)-so that therefore the postage is correct. 





Date Posted: 10/9/2009 4:14 PM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2007
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You would announce your deal in your signature or in the book bazaar and someone would order 1 book and tel you which other they wanted as thier freebie. The you would remove the freebie one from your bookshelf so no one else could order it.     When you use printed postage you have the option to change the weight of the package.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 4:57 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2009
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Make sure you have a digital scale  Michelle has givien good information on advertisiing, you can also offer deals in the genre forums ..just USE the red sticky ast the top of the page.    What I generally do for muliple book orders I will use DC only and then have the PO scan the book so they can charge the 19 cents.  Then the book is scanned for quick credit and you don't have to worry about lack of postage!. 

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 5:18 PM ET
Member Since: 1/28/2009
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I do deals in bb all the time. I don't have a postage scale. I use my bathroom scale. lol.

I always increase by a few more ounces than the total on my bathroom scale. I would rather pay a few cents more than to have the reciever end up stuck with postage due. I've never had any problems doing it this way. Sure a postage scale would be easier, but I am cheap sometimes. lol. Have to get SOME kind of use out of that evil bathroom scale! :)

If I have any hopes of getting to the po, I will just use dc and ship, but rarely. I almost always use postage through system and hubby drops them at po for me or I hand them to my mailman.

Anyhow. at bottom of the postage screen, it will show the weight. All you have to do is click on those boxes (weight/oz) and change them to correct amounts and when you print it will have the correct postage amount for that weight.

Hope that helps. :) See ya in the Book Bizarre!

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 6:26 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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A couple of tips for running a deal: Do not cancel a deal order for any reason.  If they have RCS you can't meet, you can't find the book or you discover damage you didn't notice before: let them cancel.  If the sender cancels then it gives the request to someone else who is not obligated to offer a deal.  So then the requestor could get stuck with an order they can't cancel on a book they probably didn't want to pay a full credit for and only ordered because of the deal.

If you smoke or have pets-I would put that in the deal offer in the BB. So someone with this RC can skip your offer.

And do it at a time when you can update your shelf frequently.  I won't order from a deal if I go on there and see all the freebie books from previous posters still on the shelf.  I don't want to make my order and then get a PM that someone else has already asked for that book-or ordered it directly. 

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 6:48 PM ET
Member Since: 9/21/2009
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Thanks for the tips.  I appreciate it!