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Subject: Does anyone holdback their hardcovers?
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:37 AM ET
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I want to list them! I have some very nice ones in perfect unread condition that I dont want like the left behind series, but I cringe at the thought of postage that will equal out to one credit. I totally agree with the one book =one credit. Sometimes 1.5 would be nice LOL I am sure I will get over it after my last trip to the PO wears off and I have had some coffee :)

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:41 AM ET
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I post the HC I no longer want.  Postage wasn't that much more.  If you request any HC it washes out in the end.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:41 AM ET
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Just make sure you send them out media mail and then the postage isn't too high.  I just sent out a hard cover that cost $2.77, which is still less than purchasing a credit. 

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:43 AM ET
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I mail out mostly WL hardcovers. It all evens out in the end, in my experience, as 8 out of 10 books I receive are hardcover wishlist books. I figure if that is what I'm getting, I could do the same for other members.
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:47 AM ET
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LOL, I tend to hold back HB & even some TPB if they are PRETTY! Even when I know I will never read them again, I admire them too long on my "real" bookshelf  :) 

I _did_ bite the bullet though & posted HB's directly to the wishlist of someone who had indicated on a board that they were looking for books in the same genre as these particular books. While mailing 4 HB's _was_ expensive, it was cheaper than mailing out each one separately, the receiver loved them, I made room on my shelf, and I felt great about the trading. Try the genre boards or the bazaar, as it's easier to send books out in a group.

Leslie Q

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Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:49 AM ET
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It all depends on the weight of the book, actually. I use online postage elsewhere, so 2 lbs media mail is $2.77 + mandatory 0.19 DC = $2.96, which is about the going rate of a credit. Some larger trade sized paperbacks are slightly over a pound and would cost the same. 

Another idea is for you to advertise some of them as a bundle (for example, the Left Behind series) and post them all to one person. (Not sure if those books are WL or not, so not sure if you can do that.) The postage only increases about forty cents per pound for media mail, so if you send them all to one person for more than one credit, your average cost per credit would be lower.

Or you can try to sell them online or something.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:52 AM ET
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I WL and own few HC just because they are too heavy and unwieldy for me to handle.  I did just mail out a HB that I did weigh at home and it cost me $3.50 to mail out.  Had I not already agreed to mail it, I wouldn't have.  I can buy a credit cheaper than that.  So I am watching what books weigh now. 

On another note, I wonder at PBS's price they put on used book store books.  There is no way that most books available here cost less than $5.  So I tyr to comfort myself with that knowledge.


Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:56 AM ET
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I personally think that a HB should be worth two credits, like on some other sites.  But I have sent and received HB books several times, and it does even out in the end when you recieve them as well as sending them.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 11:09 AM ET
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I don't mind sending hardbacks since most of the books I order are hardbacks.

I just love this site!

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 11:17 AM ET
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I've donated almost all of my HB's to charity.  It's not so much the cost of postage.  It's that they're a PITA to wrap for shippng!!

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 11:27 AM ET
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You think hardcovers are bad, I list textbooks! The postage hasn't been so bad though, and I'm pretty good at wrapping them because I'm used to selling my books once I'm done with them.
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 11:32 AM ET
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I don't list textbooks!  They are just far too expensive to mail out IMO.  But I do send "regular' hardbacks.  In fact, most of the hardbacks I've sent are books I've actually gotten through PBS, so I figure it all evens out. 

Kate -
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 11:39 AM ET
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I've mailed several hardcovers and they never cost me more than $2.58 to mail (now it would be $2.77). You might not have to pay as much as you think.

You may have seen this already but these are the media mail rates -

<1 lb = $2.38

<2 lb = $2.77

<3 lb = $3.16

Compared to most used bookstores that's still not a bad price for a credit.

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Date Posted: 6/23/2009 12:12 PM ET
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I unloaded a metric crapton of hardcover craft books when I joined.  Never regretted it once!  =)

They needed love, too!

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 12:35 PM ET
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LOL, I have some heavy hardcovers. I am a paperback girl. I took a step and listed one today LOL

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 12:36 PM ET
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I send out HCs all the time (and request them as well), and they hardly ever cost more than $3 to mail.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 1:28 PM ET
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I send them. The postage isn't really that much more than paperbacks and I figure that since I've also *received* many wonderful hardcovers here, it all evens out in the end. Last year I did haul a bunch of hardcovers to the UBS, but those were heavily posted books that had been on my shelf for 2+ years that were not moving--I needed the space!


Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:48 PM ET
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I list them.  The postage doesn't scare me a bit as it really isn't that much more.  When they're requested, the biggest problem I have is finding a suitable box to ship them in.  I've sent quite a few apologies to requestors because it took me a few days to take care of that.  But it's really not that big of a deal.  :-)

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 3:52 PM ET
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I also list them, some of the paperbacks lately are huge and heavy also so it just depends.  I do use a padded mailer with the hardcovers though and thats a little extra but I worry those sharp little corners are going to poke through if I dont.

It helps having a digital postage scale, I can see that its often only a few ounces different than a large paperback.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 4:06 PM ET
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It depends on the book.   I will list small paperbacks.  But then, those are the only ones I have wanted to give away.  I can't see myself not posting a larger hardback since I will most likely end up requesting and receiving some.  Just got to give back and into the spirit of things.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 4:13 PM ET
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I send the books out... it's all good credits. If you worry about the cost - remember how many HB you sent out for the credits and then take those credits and use them at the book bazaar. Then you can get 2 for 1, 3 for 1 and even 4 for 1... it makes it ALL good. :)

I do NOT think those HB should be 2 credits b/c that means less people will want them. If you don't want to send out HB, don't buy them nor request them.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 4:45 PM ET
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I personally think that a HB should be worth two credits, like on some other sites.  But I have sent and received HB books several times, and it does even out in the end when you recieve them as well as sending them.


Agreed on both counts.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 4:53 PM ET
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I don't think HBs should be worth 2 credits. I think it would be confusing. For one, all hardcovers are not created equal. For example, a children's hardcover does not cost as much as an adult hardcover, nor do they weight the same. Also, there is a slight problem with people posting paperbacks under the HB listing. I'd hate to pay 2 credits for a paperback when I should have only paid 1, but because the sender did not follow the rules, I'm out a credit.

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Date Posted: 6/23/2009 7:56 PM ET
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I recently sent two antique engineering manuals to the son of a member here.  The two books together, plus packaging, weighed just over 15 lbs and cost less that $8.00 to send Media Maul.  That's a pretty good bargain IMHO.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:38 PM ET
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I don't tend to list my HCs.  If I ever ran short of credits I would, but I haven't had any problem with using paperbacks to keep up with my own WL books.

There are some exceptions. If I notice I have a HC on a WL of someone who has requested one of my books, I'll list it (rarely do I know what HCs I have well enough to do that).  There were also some books I really wanted to share, so I listed those.  Otherwise, nah.  I might have considered it before the price of credits in the BB dropped so low that if I do run short I can just by them for about the cost of shipping hardcovers, with none of the hassle!

If I could figure out a reliable way to ship multiples I'd be quite willing, but I've not found a good way to arrange that yet.