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Subject: Book Bazaar? Deals? Swaps?
Date Posted: 2/11/2010 9:12 AM ET
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Hello! I'm fairly new and trying to learn my way around the boards as well as the web site. I have several great homechool reference books that I see people are lined up for... but while my books are in great shape, I do have some highlighting in them. So I understand that makes my books unpostable. (What a word!) What is the best way to post books? How does swapping work here on the forums? Thanks for the help!

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Date Posted: 2/11/2010 9:55 AM ET
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If the books are *textbooks*, they can have highlighting, but you must let the requestor know that before you send the book.  Some people have "no highlighting" in their requestor conditions.

If you have workbooks, they can have writing, and the same rule applies - you must let the requestor know about it, so they can okay it or not, before sending.

Here on the HS'ing forum (and the Teacher's Corner also), you cannot post bookshelf promotions, or deals, in the regular forum.  You must post them in the sticky thread - the red thread "stuck" to the top of the forum.  PBS typically does not allow promos and deals on the forums other than the Book Bazaar, but they've relented for HS'ers and Teachers *if* we keep them to the sticky thread (that's why you'll see me policing for forum about that ;)).  If we don't do as they ask, they'll take away the option and we'll have to weed through pages and pages of Book Bazaar entries to find educational materials.

Many people on this forum, myself included, are subscribed to the sticky thread.  That way, every time someone posts a new promo/deal there, we're notified via email.  Otherwise, if someone posts in the regular forum, we won't know unless we visit the forum online.  We all love deals here.  :D

You can also offer your "unpostables" (not a weird word to us PBS veterans!) with orders, like "one unpostable with an order of 2 from my shelf", etc.  It's best to list your unpostables in your profile so people can see what you have.  They may be willing to take a book in poor condition, or with lots of highlighting, rather than waiting on a "like new" book on their wish list.  For me, it depends on what it is - if it's going to be a primary, or supplemental, item in our resources.

So go ahead and post any books that are texts or workbooks that might have a bit of writing.  Then list your others as unpostable in your profile.  You might want to think about how heavy the unpostables are - that way you know how many credits you need to offer it for "free" - a text can be $4 to mail, plus the cost to send what they order with credits along with it.


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Date Posted: 2/11/2010 10:01 AM ET
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P.S. I forgot to add that if you tag your books, that will also help them move more quickly.  I just looked at your shelf - WOW!  I tagged your Usborne books as such because with a few of them, it wasn't obvious that they were Usborne.  The titles didn't say that (you should enter book edits).  This way, for people who love Usborne, they'll know right away that you have a lot of them (perhaps you were a dealer?).  Also, if people search by the Usborne tag, they'll be able to quickly see how many are available.

I'm off to let my buddies know about your shelf.  My son is past that level of books, so I can't use them, but a few years ago, I would have been drooling over them!    I'm sure my buddies, who love great books, will snatch them up!


Date Posted: 2/11/2010 10:27 AM ET
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Thanks JC! My books in question are really not textbooks or workbooks. I have the Charlotte Mason Companion and a Ruth Beechick book, both are in great shape except for some minimal highlighting.

Thanks for the tip on tagging! Yes, I sold Usborne once upon a time...

I appreciate the advice. :)

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 6:35 PM ET
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Hi Tara,

Welcome. Just wanted to add that you can ask a credit for an unpostable book in the book bazaar.  I'd start the topic, unpostable wishlist  book, Charlotte Mason Companion.  Just pm me if you have questions. I frequent the bazaar alot. Be sure and post here to in the sticky thread.