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Subject: audio cassette rate of trade?
Date Posted: 8/17/2009 2:41 PM ET
Member Since: 1/20/2009
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Is there a way to find out how often audio cassettes are ordered?  I have several listed and I'm wondering if I should just put them in the garage sale instead?  I've noticed posts in the forums where people offer deals on cassettes, and even then there are no responses.  What do ya''ll think?

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 3:58 PM ET
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I think it depends upon the title/author.  I had Sandra Brown audio book on for a few weeks - it was just requested.  Have you added them to your reminder list to see how many copies are on the system?  I haven't had any other cassettes the other have been CDs.  Good Luck

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Date Posted: 8/17/2009 4:29 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I've never had luck with cassettes. I swapped one long ago, shortly after I joined. I had accidently requested it (wasn't so obvious it was an audio book at the time) so I was very glad it was then requested from me after a month or two.  

Otherwise, the few I've had have just sat there.   I wish I could make them 1 credit, but I'm not sure they'd be requested then anyway. They are only a couple tapes long.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 4:45 PM ET
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One thing that can really help with audio is to be sure the abridged/unabridged status and the type of audio are both in the title line.  It should be formatted like this:

War and Peace (Abridged) (Audio Cassette)

Crime and Punishment (Unabridged) (Audio CD)

As well as the usual stuff (cover image, plot summary, etc) that helps your shelf  "sell".  worldcat.org usually has the abridged/unabridged info available.

If you're not comfortable editing records, or have questions, feel free to PM me or any other member of the data team, and we can help :-)


Date Posted: 8/19/2009 12:25 PM ET
Member Since: 1/20/2009
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thanks to all of you for the replies.  I love how helpful people are on this site. (and how no question is too dumb)

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 12:35 PM ET
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I had a bunch that just sat on my shelf until I finally took them to Half-pricd books. But I was moving cross country and needed to get rid of them.  The Harry Potter adn Stephanie Plum ones that I had when I 1st joined were all WL.

Cassettes can be heavy and doing a deal might not be that cost effective when you factor in postage and havign to box them up and take them to the post office. They'd end up over 13oz and probably wouldn't fit in the blue box slot.  So it's really up to you. If you have the storage space then post them and see what happens.

Also just because no one is postig in the BB thread doesn't mean people aren't taking the deal offers. Some people don't post and just PM the person offering the deal.

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 5:12 AM ET
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Great idea! I hadn't even thought of ordering the cassettes.. My sister borrowed my Harry Potter CD's and it doesn't look like I will ever get them back, so I wishlisted the audio CD's. At 122 people wishing, it doesn't seem like those will ever come in either.

But cassettes?? I hadn't even thought about that! My stero has a cassette player. There are several cassette copies available NOW. Great! I'm goign to go order now.