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Subject: *Asking* for Extra Credits
Date Posted: 9/3/2012 9:53 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2010
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I know the guidelines say you cannot ask for extra credits for books ("Asking for more than 'PBS price' for a book is considered bookselling; Bookselling is not permitted at PBS"), but does this mean you can't ask for them as a requirement of receiving the book, or you can't ask for them as a voluntary donation?

I had someone do the latter on a fairly pricey audio book, and while I can understand that she feels it is worth the extra credits, I still feel that sending them to her is encouraging her to break/bend the rules.  (She did ship the book and say to buddy the credits after it was received if I thought it was worth it.)

Date Posted: 9/3/2012 10:03 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Audio books are swapped at 2 credits here at PBS, all print books are 1 credit. 

No a member may not request nor ask for a donation of additional credits through the PBS website.  So you are correct to feel uncomfortable with her request.   A requester may offer an additional credit to upgrade the shipping rate (say from Media Mail to First Class) if they are in a hurry for the book.  After the arrival of a very large hardcover, I once buddied a credit to cover the additional postage...but it was my idea and not requested by the sender.

But additional credits for the book itself are a strict no-no.  You may wish to consider forwarding the pm's to PBS admin.

If the member does not wish to part with her book for 1 credit (or audio book for 2 credits), she needs to trade/sell elsewhere.

Last Edited on: 9/3/12 10:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 4
Date Posted: 9/3/2012 11:52 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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She did ship the book and say to buddy the credits after it was received if I thought it was worth it.

Am I the only one that thinks this behavior is incredibly smarmy and manipulative? Lord what's next?

I would completely fail to respond to a post like that, and probably report them. This is NOT the place to be if someone wants to be paid the actual market value of every book they mail. They can stroll right on over to Amazon, eBay, Half.com, or any of dozens and dozens of other similar sites and try their luck there.

Date Posted: 9/4/2012 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
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Report em!


Date Posted: 9/4/2012 9:27 AM ET
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Evelyn, please do report your experience to the PBS Team so they can investigate (use the "Contact Us" link button at the bottom of any PBS page, then the "Feedback" button).  Asking for extra credits, either as part of a book "price" or as a "suggested donation" is totally not allowed here in any form.  1 credit per book, 2 per audio, period.

Date Posted: 9/4/2012 4:16 PM ET
Member Since: 3/17/2008
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Frankly, I find her request to be rude. When you agree to participate in this site, you agree in a flat credit exchange- 1 credit for a book, 2 for audio. If that's not acceptable, they shouldn't be on here. Plenty of us mail expensive books that could be sold for higher prices elsewhere simply because we enjoy sending the book to someone else who wants it. I post plenty of hard to find wish list books and I can't imagine being so obnoxious as to ask for donations. I remember a post a few months ago from a similarly rude person who wanted to know if she could ask for more credits when mailing hardcovers..I just happened to look at her bookshelf and saw that a good number of books she had posted were children's 3.99 paperbacks that cost less than $2 to mail..I guarantee she wouldn't think about refunding postage to people who requested those, even though she wanted what basically amounts to a freebie.  Ugh! some people are truly annoying. ;)