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Subject: Advertising unpostables?
Date Posted: 1/18/2009 2:28 PM ET
Member Since: 12/23/2008
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Hi, everyone.

First, I'd like to apologize in advance for asking a question for which I'm SURE I could find the answer if I had all day to read every single post on this site! Unfortunately, I don't. Sorry. Would appreciate if anyone who knows the answer could help me out quickly. Thanks in advance!

I'm in the process of going through my extensive book collection and adding books to my shelf. Most of them are postable, however, an occasional book is warped, has minor issues, etc., and I wouldn't feel comfortable posting them for credits.

Is there a place or a way on here to list our unpostable, or "freebie" books? I'd really appreciate if someone could concisely outline this process for me.

Thanks again for putting up with a newbie's most likely redundant questions.

-Marcy

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 2:32 PM ET
Member Since: 6/1/2007
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Marcy,

If you go to the book bazaar forum you can post a order 1 get 1 unpostable deal.  You can also make a list of unpostables in your profile and put a note in your signature (go to my account, then settings) stating 1 unpostable free with every order, list of unpostables located in your profile.  There is not a separate area on the site to list just unpostables.

Holly

 

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 2:55 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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There is a post or two in the Book Bazaar just for posting unpostables too. One at the top for posting those you are willing to give away, no strings attached and at least one or two general threads that are started each month for posting unpostables in. You can post in one those and also start your own thread to highlight yours.

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 3:08 PM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2006
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Just FYI, there is a search feature on both the forums and in the Help Documents to key in on the word you are looking for (ie, unpostable).

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 3:14 PM ET
Member Since: 12/23/2008
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Hi, everyone. Thanks for sharing the tips! Karen, I did do searches for "unpostable" and "freebie," and didn't get any hits. Thanks for the info!

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 3:18 PM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2006
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I just searched unpostable in the forum search and got 9,662 hits.  http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/search.php?q=unpostable&s_type=st&fid=0&action=search



Last Edited on: 1/18/09 3:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 6:18 AM ET
Member Since: 12/18/2008
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Why would you waste extra postage to send out an unpostable book when you could just donate it to your local charity shop?

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 7:44 AM ET
Member Since: 12/21/2007
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Tami:

In answer to your question. it could be because like the charity shops around here, they only want certain books. The ones around here won't accept romance books for some reason and I'd rather send a book to someone I know will read it than have it sitting around my house for ages. Our library only accepts donations maybe two times per year and it's a very short time they accept them.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 10:26 AM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2006
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The other reason for paying to send out unpostables is that the "paid" book that goes with it might well be a book you otherwise never would have been able to "sell" - so you get a credit for something you otherwise wouldn't have.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 2:06 AM ET
Member Since: 12/18/2008
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Wow our charity stores and thrift shops can't keep the romance books on their shelves, they just fly off!

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 10:38 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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make sure you read through what is postable and what isn't.  if the cover is bent or has a tear less than 1" it is postable.  water damage (or any liquid) is not postable, neither is writing or highlighting within the text pages.

if the book is a hard to find book and meets the conditions of the site, don't be hesitant to post the book, someone will be thrilled to have the book!

Tami, sometimes sending a 2nd book isn't that more expensive and maybe the package goes from 7 oz to 14 oz.  all still $2.23 under media mail shipping.  You will also realize that many people here want to share their love of reading and books with others.  Sure we want to earn credits but if a book got slightly wet from reading in the tub, it is now unpostable but still readable.  I know I would not pay money at a UBS or thrift shop for a book that was damaged but would be willing to order a book from someone's shelf to get that unpostable (and have done so in the past)