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Subject: Is it acceptable to ask someone if they have a deal on there books?
Date Posted: 9/7/2013 6:59 PM ET
Member Since: 4/14/2011
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If you see several books on a persons site that you are interested in is it wrong of me to ask if they are running any deals.

Date Posted: 9/7/2013 7:10 PM ET
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Not if you ask nicely.

But they have every right to say NO if they aren't interested.

I wouldn't care if someone did that but some people simply don't like it.

Date Posted: 9/7/2013 7:21 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2006
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There are many members on the site, who don't realize that deals can be made.  I've received numerous Live Help questions from members asking me if it is allowed, mostly from members being asked to make a deal.  They didn't want to do anything against the rules of PBS.

So as Cozi said, be polite when asking and don't get upset if they refuse.

Last Edited on: 9/7/13 7:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/7/2013 7:21 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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Do look at their statistics.  Do they have a profile?  Do they post on the forums?  Some members will have no idea about the Book Bazaar and deals.  

Date Posted: 9/7/2013 8:31 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
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I have done this before, but I worded it very nice and have almost always gotten deals. A few times I havent ,but said thank you anyway..

I also do deals if asked.

Date Posted: 9/7/2013 9:08 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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I would check to see if they're on the forums (under their profile page check the posts). If they are, chances are they will know what you're asking. I wouldn't hesitate. I get asked that frequently and usually do some sort of deal.

If they're not on the forums, tell them a little bit about the Book Bazaar, the deals made in that forum, let them know it's OK and ask if they're interested. There is one poster who had about 10  books I wanted - several years ago. She knew nothing really about the forums, deals, games. She's been a regular since then. So you might also introduce someone to an entirely new area of PBS than what they're used to.  

Date Posted: 9/7/2013 9:09 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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When I ask about deals if I can tell the member is newer or not a regular forum poster I always mention the Book Bazaar in my message and say how they can save money on postage by sending out multiple books (either as a deal or a regular multiple-credit order). I think the better informed they are, the more likely they are to be agreeable to doing the deal.

Date Posted: 9/8/2013 3:31 AM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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In case you are looking for some official language, the rules thread in the Bazaar section of the forums says:

"If a member asks you for a deal and you haven't offered one, this is not considered rude; it is also not considered rude to refuse. This kind of thing should be handled politely, without hard feelings on either side."

Date Posted: 9/8/2013 11:02 AM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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Thanks for sharing that, Elizabeth. I think there are so many rules to read here that sometimes you can't find the exact thing you are looking for.

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 9/8/2013 6:01 PM ET
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I've been offering a deal to everyne who orders a book from me lately since I'm moving soon and need to get them out and I don't think a single person has been aware that you can do that. I rephrased my offer to include the Bazaar forum and instructed them not to order any of the books that are going to be free, I had a bit of a mess with that with one person. So I agree, explain it a bit if you ask. I've had quite a few people ask, it isn't offensive if they are polite about it and don't act like they expect it.