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Subject: Do I need book credits to order?
Date Posted: 7/17/2014 2:55 PM ET
Member Since: 6/21/2014
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I recently signed up and got 2 books credits which I quickly used.   Can I order more books or do I have to wait until I have more book credits? Do  I have to wait for someone to order one of my listed books for me to get credits?

I'm confused.



Last Edited on: 7/17/14 3:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/17/2014 3:02 PM ET
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Yes, credits are the "currency" that PBS uses.  You can purchase credits from the kiosk (at the top of the page) but there is a limit, I believe of 10, per month.

Date Posted: 7/17/2014 3:06 PM ET
Member Since: 3/13/2009
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You cannot order more books until you have some credits.

There are two basic ways of acquiring some additional credits.

#1) Wait until someone orders one of the books on your bookshelf, wrap it , mail it and patiently wait until the recipient receives it and marks it RECEIVED. Bingo. One credit.

#2) You can buy credits.  Go to the KIOSK, near top of page on right, and buy credits from PBS.They are currently $3.95 each. But you don't have to spend on postage. You can also buy credits from other members in various forums like BOOK BAZAAR. This is cheaper but involves a bit of trust.

Date Posted: 7/17/2014 5:13 PM ET
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#1) Wait until someone orders one of the books on your bookshelf, wrap it , mail it and patiently wait until the recipient receives it and marks it RECEIVED. Bingo. One credit.

You can also receive your credit instantly upon mailing your book (rather than having to wait for someone to mark it received) if you pay for postage via the site. When you go to print your label you will see all the options.

Welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 7/21/2014 8:58 AM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
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You may want to add more books to your shelf to increase the chance of getting orders.  I noticed all of your books are Elizabeth Lowell a pretty popular author.  You may want to check out the Book Bazaar and see how people set up deals.  You could suggest that folks may want to fill out their Elizabeth Lowell collection with some of your books.  2 books for 1 credit or something you're comfortable with.  Again, check out how the Bazaar deals are worded.

In the meantime, I'm going to send you a credit to enjoy.

-RD

Date Posted: 7/23/2014 12:06 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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When I was new, I found that I needed to get around 150 books on my "shelf" before I started getting regular orders ( 4 or more a month).  In order to do that I shopped some very cheap library book sales and garage sales after looking at the 50 top WL books.

Date Posted: 7/26/2014 12:48 PM ET
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I had visions of spending all my time shipping out books and having tons to read but that has not happened.

I'm not in a position to buy credits or other books that others are interested in.   I just thought this would be a good way to get rid of a ton of my books and have more to read.   What i have is what I have and they are mostly Linda Howard and Elizabeth Lowell.   And I don't have room to store all these books that are piling up.

I just don't see this working for me so I'd like to cancel my membership.   How do I do that?

 

Thanks



Last Edited on: 7/26/14 12:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/26/2014 3:40 PM ET
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Why not wait for a bit and see if someone orders from you?  Ive had good luck on  the whole...some time outs on wl books I requsted but overall its been good. You can always remove some from your bookshelf and replace with others like the 2 you already requested. When your done reading them, put them on your bookshelf. It isnt moving as fast as you want but you already have 2 books you didnt have before...maybe you willget some requests soon.

Date Posted: 7/26/2014 5:36 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2009
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A thread in the Book Bazaar forum could help you advertise your bookshelf.  This is one example:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/JULY-2014-MULTIPLE-BOOKS-SAME/topic/288560/

Date Posted: 7/26/2014 8:36 PM ET
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Give it time.  With a little patience, I bet you'll come to love it here.  Check out the Book Bazaar for ideas on offering deals to get things moving, or find deals to order for yourself.  Take a look at my links below for ideas on places to highlight your books.

Date Posted: 7/26/2014 9:13 PM ET
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Thanks all for the suggestions but this just isn't what I thought.  

Date Posted: 7/27/2014 11:46 AM ET
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I'm curious.  What did you think  "swap" meant?


 

mistie -
Date Posted: 7/27/2014 1:01 PM ET
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I recently signed up and got 2 books credits which I quickly used

Yep, OP is "confused" about how the site works, posts 19 "common" books, all from one author, then when she isn't inundated with requests, decides the site will not work for her - oh, and doesn't have room to store "all" (19) books she has. Yet, she seemed to work out how to order those two freebies pretty quick.

I'm not in a position to buy credits

If you're not in the position to buy 1 $2 credit from  the book bazaaar - how were you going to be in the position to pay $2.69 to mail a book - especially since you were envisioning sending out lots of books?

Why not just say, I came, got my 2 free books, but don't want to spend any money, and since I can't magically get any more free books, i want to close my account?



Last Edited on: 7/27/14 8:14 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 7/27/2014 5:26 PM ET
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I love it here and it's what I envisioned.  I knew I had popular books but I just recently sent someone a book that was on their wl...for 3 years! Im still grinning from ear-to-ear that I was able to make someone happy. I guess I don't understand what you were thinking? My regret is that I didnt find this place sooner!!!! I could've been swapping for years instead of weeks...

Im not you but if I were, I'd hang around. Hanging onto 19 books or trying to get a deal in the bazaar may be a good option. 

Date Posted: 7/27/2014 6:19 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
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It's easy to forget that new members have no idea what is a  "common" book on PBS.  I know new release books are wishlisted.

I go thriftshopping often, but I really have no idea what books are wishlisted.  I found a chilldrens book called Mei Li for less than $1.00.  I bought it because I found the book appealing.   I looked it up when I got home and it's has 15 wishers but it's likely a keeper for me. 

 

Date Posted: 7/27/2014 8:45 PM ET
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It took me about a year to figure out what would be desired, and what had 300 copies listed.  I would pick up books at FOL and garage sales, and often wasted my 25 cents.  

We can add titles to our Reminder List to see how many copies are posted.



Last Edited on: 7/27/14 8:48 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/28/2014 4:49 PM ET
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I just sent a credit to OP as a RAOK to get her started also and received an e-mail that she is closing her account and will return credit when she figures out how to.  Just letting everyone know that had similar intentions.

Date Posted: 7/29/2014 10:43 AM ET
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Thank you for the heads-up, Theresa. I was planning on doing the same thing.

Date Posted: 7/29/2014 10:50 AM ET
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Just checked out your bookshelf and I see the problem.....all  19 of your books are by the same author.  Your shelf (like a store) has to broaden its offerings to get more customers interested.

Date Posted: 7/29/2014 11:33 AM ET
Member Since: 5/7/2009
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Just had a thought.  Maybe the OP thought this was like a Used Book Store, where they take your books and give you some store credit to spend.  In that scenario you have given up possession to the store and it is up to them to resell them for more than the credit they awarded you.  Here you are like an independent seller.  You are still in possession of your books until someone "buys" them from you for a credit.

Date Posted: 7/29/2014 12:30 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
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Yup, she sent me an email and a credit back saying she was closing her account.

-RD