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Subject: Asking for a deal?
Date Posted: 6/4/2010 12:33 PM ET
Member Since: 5/24/2010
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I saw a person had 3 books in one series on her shelf so I sent a pm asking for a 3 for 2 deal. After a few days she replied that someone else had already ordered the third book in the series. Would it be considered rude to ask for a 2 for 1 deal on the remaining two books? If she had said something like "I don't do deals" I would know not to ask. (It's been a week and I've been sort of waiting for her to offer a 2 for 1 deal but then I thought maybe if she deleted my PM she wouldn't remember who I am).  I don't want to be pushy.

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 12:37 PM ET
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It's considered perfectly okay to ask, and perfectly okay if she wants to say no.  It's always worth a shot.

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 1:28 PM ET
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It's fine to ask politely.  Just don't get bent out of shape if she says no. Some people won't do a deal unless they're getting at least 2 credits to make it worth the postage.  Some people don't mind send out a freebie here and there. 

I don't ask for deals unless they're heavily posted books. 

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 4:55 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2009
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And some people don't comprehend a "deal" at all...I asked once when I saw a bunch (in excess of 8 if I remember correctly) that I was interested in, and I got a response that was basically  "I don't understand what kind of a deal you are talking about, you are already getting them free."

Well...not quite, but not worth the explanation either. :-)

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 8:31 PM ET
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What Patty and Mary said.  I'd say something along the lines of 'would you be willing to do a such-and-such deal? If not, no worries, and thanks in either case.'  Can't hurt to ask.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 12:35 AM ET
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I had somebody PM me asking for a deal.  They also offered to give me a deal on their shelf if I wanted.  I was thrilled.  It was a great exchange.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 1:24 AM ET
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I often ask... but always offer to reciprocate with the same deal. Think about half have responded affirmatively and did the deal.   A few responded with, no thank you, I don't do deals,  a few said yes but didn't take advantage of my reciprocal offer, and a few never responded at all.  Can't hurt to ask.

Sometimes when they say no thank you, I will still order the one book if it's something I really want,  other times I only want the book in a deal.  The other day I ordered the book first, asked for a deal but she didn't see anything on my shelf she wanted, so she said no to the deal and asked if she should cancel the book I already ordered... I said no, I still wanted the book.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 9:21 AM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2009
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Just keep in mind that the majority of members don't frequent these forums, so the member may be completely confused by what you mean about a deal.  I've had some members be thrilled, and also rush out to make a profile and start participating in the forums too, while others have no wish to deal at all.

Just word your request politely & clearly... and if they say no, don't take it personally.  Win some, lose some!