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Subject: advice on offering books as a set
Date Posted: 4/23/2008 7:21 PM ET
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I'm planning to offer a bunch of books in the Book Bazaar which form a complete set of a series, but are sold separately as paperbacks.  I'm struggling with how many credits I should ask for them.  There are 14 books, and I'll save a bunch on shipping if I can send them together (or even 2 or 3 groups).  Has anyone been on the shipping or receiving end of such an offer?  Any ideas about what would be fair to ask credit-wise?

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 8:03 PM ET
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You could offer them 2 for 1 or 3 for 1, whatever you want.  I would base it on how available they are in the system.  If they are readily available then maybe 3 for 1.  If they are hard to find but not WL then maybe 2 for 1 or 3 for 2.  Or you could just post in the book bazaar that you have the whole series and ask someone to make an offer. 

A while back I got 6 books of a series from one member.  I gave them 4 credits for the 6 books.  They are in the system but none of them had more than a few copies.  If there were a lot of the books in the system, I woud have looked for a 3 for 1 deal. Of course now I'm a boxer and that's where I'd check first. 

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 8:54 PM ET
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Yes, I'm not currently a boxer.  I just looked up 4 of the series, and they're all wishlisted but with just a few wishers, and no telling if any of them are wishlisted to the same member(s).  I hadn't really thought of doing a 2 for 1 or 3 for 1; something to consider, particularly if I don't get any takers for the lot of them.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 10:24 AM ET
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Well if they're WL you could post in the book bazaar that you have the following WL books from a series and would like to post them to one person.  I've done this before and found someone I could post a couple from one series to to save some postage. Recently I had 2 books from a series. Both were WL but Book 1 was unpostable.  I wanted to find someone who wanted both.  So I posted that I had them and found someone who had both books on WL. I posted the good one and sent the unpostable one as a freebie.

Or you could post one and then check their WL to see if they have any of the others WL. I do this even with non-series books.  When I post a WL book, before they even accept, I check their WL and see if I have one in the TBR pile.  If I feel like reading it, I start it and offer to post that one to them as well. 

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 11:22 AM ET
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I was going to say post one book and then you can pull up the person via the PM button to see if they have any others WL'd.  if they do you could post to their WL or you can just PM them and let them know you have the books and ask if they are interested in any of the others.  although once you post one book you do run the chance of mailing just that one book.

or post in the bazaar that you have the series and see what people would offer.  what series is it by the way?

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 6:56 PM ET
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It's the Oz books (the original ones by Baum).  I figure there must be someone who might want a complete set, particularly if they might save some credits, but as I said I'm still trying to decide what might be fair to ask for them, and am not sure how many PBSers frequent the Bazaar.  I know I'm often overwhelmed by the sheer number of offerings there.

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Date Posted: 4/25/2008 4:49 AM ET
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I hardly use the Bazaar at all, but the times I've had full sets (series) to offer, I've posted there and had good luck even when I wanted to get full credit (1 credit for each of the books) and didn't want to break up the set.  So, please, don't hesitate to use the Bazaar even though it looks daunting; it's a great resource!

If you don't know what to offer as a deal for them, I'd just post them in the Bazaar with a note to have interested parties contact you and make an offer.  Then, you could see what others think is a fair deal for the set.

(Also one of the first places I go when I want to RECEIVE a full series, as well!)



Last Edited on: 4/25/08 4:51 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/25/2008 8:30 AM ET
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Thanks for the advice, everyone!

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 9:36 AM ET
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How about if the series is in a boxed set, but the set (5 books) seems only to earn one credit when posted? I would like to get at least 4 credits for the 5-book set (which is wishlisted by 3 people as a set). How come a boxed set of 5 only earns one credit? Is it not permitted to ask in the bazaar for more than 1 credit in this case?

Thanks.

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 9:38 AM ET
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I believe it is okay to ask for more than one credit for a 5 book set. If it's WL, I wouldn't have a problem asking at least 4 credits -- 5 would not be out of line, to me.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 4/25/2008 10:04 AM ET
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Orla -- in a boxed set, the box has an ISBN and each of the books inside it has an ISBN. Each ISBN is worth one credit, because the PBS database can't tell the difference between the box and the books.

If you want to get one credit per book, but take the chance on sending them to different members, then use the ISBNs on the books to post them separately.

If you want to send the entire set to one member, you'll need to find someone who wants them all. The easiest way to do that is in the book bazaar. You can ask up to one credit per book for the set. You just can't ask more than one credit per book.

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 10:05 AM ET
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Orla - since the boxed sets have 1 ISBN, if you post it that by that it will get you only one credit. You can definitely post in the BB and ask for up to 1 credit per book. Also putting it in your signature line helps get exposure where ever you post in the forums.  What you shouldn't do is post the set and then ask the wishers to give you more credits.

You can also break up the set and post each book separately to get a credit for each book. That kind of sticks to have to break up a set, but PBS's system is not equiped to handle multiple book sets. People do WL boxed sets in hopes that someone might be willing to part with it for 1 credit. 

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 10:54 AM ET
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I offered a set that was accepted.  But now me and the other member do not know how to give her credits to me since it is not automatic like when posting one book.  Please help.  Thanks.



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Date Posted: 4/25/2008 11:39 AM ET
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Karen,

if the books are not plentiful in the system the requestor can add them to her WL and you can post directly to the WL (but make sure to do that so that it goes to that member and not into the FIFO system)

Or that member can buddy you the credits.  Go to the person's profile and there should be a +buddy button.  Click on that and they should be added to your buddy list.  Then the requestor can go into their buddy list and there is a Give Credits button on the right next to their name.

you might have to set up a profile which you can do under settings for them to be able to add you as a buddy

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 11:45 AM ET
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There should also be a Give Credits button on your bookshelf. She can just go to your shelf and give credits, no buddying required. 

It is better for the system if you can do the transaction normally. If the books are available, you can post them to your bookshelf and have her order from you, if they are WL books, she can put them on her WL and you can post them directly to her. This allows the system to track the trade, protects the sender from getting stiffed on the credits, and protects the receiver from buddying credits and then not getting the books or getting unpostables with no way to report that someone is sending unpostables for credits.



Last Edited on: 4/25/08 11:46 AM ET - Total times edited: 1