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Subject: American Only?????????
Date Posted: 12/1/2013 11:04 PM ET
Member Since: 12/1/2013
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I live in Ontario and will post my 10 books tomorrow afternoon I have to look and see what I have..I have a ton of books and want DVDs I also need to know if we can sell on this site...I wouldn't sell for a lot as I'm not thinking what I have is worth too much...but I've read them all and all my books are in good condition...I have the saying "what did the book ever do to you"...all my kids respect books....I'm  new here and need help in doing all this....I hope I've writen this note in the correct spot...have a great night and or day...take care and be safe...and if I can't do this via Ontario and I don't get to see you all again have a Merry Christmas to xx <3

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 11:18 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Hi Pat,

We have nothing against Canada here!

But unfortunately, the mail rates for international mail to and from Canada are prohibitive. We have a "media mail" rate within the US which is fairly inexpensive and applies specifically to media like books and movies. My understanding is that the mail rates for international mail to Canada cost far more.

Also, this club mails books to each other for "free", meaning no money changes hands, the sender pays the postage on each item, and it is, in fact, against the rules to buy or to ask for money for items listed here for trade. Everybody mails to each other, paying only the postage for items that they send out, and then receiving in return "credit(s)" which can be used to order from other members.

But in any case, I don't think you will be able to join PBS with a Canadian mailing address. We mail within the US only. Sorry!

Last Edited on: 12/1/13 11:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 12/1/2013 11:43 PM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2010
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This is a "Swap" site, nothing for sale here.

We can only mail to U.S. addresses and it's territories.

Date Posted: 12/2/2013 4:35 PM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2008
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At present, we are a US-only club.

  • PBS members must be able to receive mail at an address served by USPS.
  • The PaperBackSwap system uses Media Mail postal rates provided by the USPS.
  • Media Mail rates are good for:
    • all 50 US states
    • US territories and commonwealths (American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands; Washington, D.C., the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico),
    • APO/FPO addresses
    • If you live in any of these areas, you can belong to PBS.

We've had requests for international membership from all around the world.

  • Eventually, we hope to expand.
  • We have had a LOT of requests from Canada!
    • We have been working on shipping issues regarding the Canadian postal system. Until we work these out, we will not be able to trade across borders with our system.
Date Posted: 12/2/2013 6:25 PM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2009
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If you're really close to the border & come over frequently to shop anyway, you could consider renting a PO box in the US.  All the border towns have lots of Canadian PO box customers.  Be careful which office you choose though - P O Box rates can vary greatly depending on the size of the office.

Date Posted: 12/2/2013 8:06 PM ET
Member Since: 8/3/2009
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Patricia, Bookmooch.com is a similar book swapping site to PBS, and is open internationally. (Hope the PBS folks don't mind me mentioning it, since Canadians can't use PBS.)