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Subject: has anyone swapped a book with a local member?
Date Posted: 2/16/2008 5:16 PM ET
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I would like to request a book from someone in my area.  Has anyone done this?  How would the request go through if not using the postal service and how did you handle safety with meeting someone to do this?  I did PM the person and am waiting to hear from her.  I was just wondering if anyone has done this before and how it has worked out.

 

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Date Posted: 2/16/2008 5:17 PM ET
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I've never physically traded with someone.  But I have received books that were mailed from the same post office I use.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 5:36 PM ET
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I haven't done this but if she doesn't want to mail the book and would prefer to meet you to give you the book-just be sure and choose a public place at a busy time when there are lots of people around.  If you are still feeling hesitant to do it, take someone with you when you arrange to meet. That is what I would do if this ever came up for me.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 5:40 PM ET
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Thanks for the recommendation to meeting somewhere public.  I guess this isn't done often in the PBS world.  A few bucks in postage might be worth any anxiety.

Subject: Local swaps
Date Posted: 2/16/2008 5:44 PM ET
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I did a swap to a city an hour away.  If I had had the time and we could have arranged it, I think it would be neat to swap in person..............also sent to someone an hour north of me.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 5:47 PM ET
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I'm waiting to hear back from the person, so maybe it will end up being a good thing.  I love making new friends!

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 7:07 PM ET
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About a month ago I ordered a book and the sender PM'd me and said she lived in the next town over and could she meet me somewhere to give me the book.  I said "Yes" and drove over to her town and met her at the community center there.  I got my book the same day I ordered it and was happy.  I would meet in a public place with lots of people around.  I sent two near my city.  I PM'd one person in the next town south of me to ask if they would meet me but they never PM'd me back, so I mailed the book.  The other one was about 40 minutes away so I just mailed it without asking.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 8:36 PM ET
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Barbara,

How did you handle the credit without going through the post office?  Once she handed you the book, did you go home and mark it received?

Linda

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 8:39 PM ET
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I recently got a book from another Utahn (hi, Rich!).  I haven't met any PBSers in my general vicinity yet, tho.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 8:50 PM ET
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I hand-delivered a book to a local member's door once (they weren't home, but were two blocks from a place I was going anyway).

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 9:29 PM ET
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I mailed a book that was only one town away. I was very dissapointed with my cowardice that day. See, it was one of those glitzy neighborhoods where maids peek through the curtains if a strange car/pedestrian passes slowly. God that was wimpy of me. I mean...how many people here have seen strangers put stuff in a neighbor's mail box and then ran outside to question the guy???   "Hey waddya think you're doing pal?". (I'm guessing not many)

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 10:51 PM ET
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I have never actually exchanged a book in person, but on 3 occasions I have made an exchange by getting or putting my book into the otjer person's mailbox.  I have done it twice and received one once---we just marked the books received after we got them.  We communicated by PM, not by phone, though could have done it on the phone.  All three occasions were very friendly.  A fourth exchange occurred all the way across this town and it was just simpler to mail the book.  That was by mutual agreement, too.  I wouldn't have been reluctant to do it in person, but I agree that doing it in a public place is probably prudent.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 11:05 PM ET
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I have no trouble having people from FreeCycle stop by my house to pick things up, so I can't imagine I'd have a problem with a PBS member dropping off a book. But I live in a house with a gated entryway, so I don't have to let a stranger into the house. But meeting in a public place (say a local coffee shop) shouldn't be a problem.
Date Posted: 2/16/2008 11:06 PM ET
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I set a book on my porch once and the other member picked it up.

I have a magic porch. I put stuff on it and it goes away (freecycle, usually). :)

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 12:49 AM ET
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I have a friend that I turned onto PBS and we exchange books all the time before we post them here.  we don't exchange for credits, just let each other borrow the books before we post.

however, I would gladly meet someone to give them a book if reasonably close given the cost of fuel!

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 1:18 AM ET
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i give away a lot of stuff through freecycle.com i always just tell the person that i will leave it on my front porch, to pick it up when they can

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 1:24 AM ET
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Someone from my same town ordered a book from me.  On my own intiative, I decided to take it over to her instead of mailing it.  When I got there, I did not see any safe place for me to leave it, so I knocked on her door.  She was very surprised but pleased to have it hand delivered.  In hindsight, I probably should have PMed her and told her I was going to do that, but I thought it would be fun to surprise her.  It worked out peachily.

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 2:30 AM ET
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I sent a book to an address about 10 minutes away from us, but the member was ordering it for her cousin, so I didn't run it by.  I was tempted though...

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 2:58 AM ET
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I sent a book to a member that was about 25 miles away from me. I could have delivered it but she lives in a direction I don't go very often. Was easier to mail it then to make a 50 mile round trip just to deliver a book. :)

Tammy

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 8:33 AM ET
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Here in the Atlanta Area we had lots of PBS members. I have had occasion to have lunch with one member who has become a friend at least 4 times. Also had meet ups often. I have even had the pleasure of meeting both Richard and Robert at a book festival in the town I live in. One member, who lives in Louisville, KY was passing by on her way to FL and stopped to have breakfast and exchange some books. There is a member who lives an hour from me who works for me a few days a month whenever an assignment comes up that he can fit in his schedule. On Monday evening I am meeting another PBS member who lives in my town at a book signing at a local bookstore. I even had the joy of spending last Thanksgiving with a PBS member who lives in TX. I am usually a very cynical and suspicious person, but the PBS members that I have met are some of the nicest people on the planet. If there isnt already a PBS Local Chapter in your area, I strongly recommend starting one. I am not sure that my life would be the same without PBS and the great friends I have made here.

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Date Posted: 2/17/2008 8:33 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/17/2008 8:34 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/17/2008 9:12 AM ET
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I have met someone locally in front of the town library to hand off several books, I've left a book on the porch of a requestor when I was going to be in the neighborhood anyway, and I've mailed books to local members who I ended up inviting to a book group lunch.

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 1:01 PM ET
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Maybe you could arrange to meet at the post office..LOL Just kidding just make it a public place and everything should be ok.  Plus you can always offer to chat about the book after they have read it.  I have yet to swap a book with anyone in my area but I sure would be happy to meet them and hand over the book.

Easiest thing to do is just follow the guidelines given for those that date people from online,

public place, let people you trust know where and why you are going out and make sure to carry your cell phone.

 

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 1:35 PM ET
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I swapped with two people within 30 miles of me but I mailed the books to them.  I didn't realize they were that close until I printed the wrapper.

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