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Subject: Book sets
Date Posted: 7/1/2012 12:22 AM ET
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I started to post books to my bookshelf, but realized the individual books from sets are going to different people. 

I would rather the sets go to the same person since it'll be easier for me to mail, and be better for the person reading. 

Do I need to remove the books from my shelf in order to place them in the Multiples wishlist thread in the Book Bazaar? How do I link the book so that people can go to the book listing?

 



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Date Posted: 7/1/2012 12:41 AM ET
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One thing I'll do is check to see if the member ordering one book has the others on their wish list, then post the book directly to them.  You may want to check and ask, just to see if they have the credits.

That said, taking books that are WLed and removing them from your shelf is complicated.  PBS has set it up to discourage this. 

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 11:13 AM ET
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You're only able to see that member's wish list once you've accepted the request to mail to them right? 

Pam M. -
Date Posted: 7/1/2012 11:19 AM ET
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There's a PM button on the top right if the book is on "wishlist hold".  I tend to post the first of the series (if all wishlisted), then look to see if the person has the rest on their wishlist.  Often they do.  You can post the book directly to them.

I've never had someone decline any of the books, though I know once someone had to purchase a credit.  You could always PM rather than post the next few to see if they want them.

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 11:22 AM ET
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Are these books wishlisted books, or just regular books you are putting on your shelf?

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 11:59 AM ET
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If you try posting additional books to a members wishlist, you should pm first.  Keep in mind that not all members keep a number of credits onhand or may not check in very often.  I've tried just posting multiples, and as often as not (when done without a pm) the addtional books time-out or are declined.  My success rate for additional books is much higher after a pm.

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 12:39 PM ET
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There is an option to put one's WL on privacy, but I rarely see it. 

Once you get to the point that there is a PM button, you can use that to bring up their name, then click on their name instead of sending a message.  This will bring you to either their profile or their bookshelf.  Then you can go over to the WL.

That said, it is slightly random if they are going to have more than one book on their WL.  But I do look. 

When you post directly to a wish list, do check that you are on that person's list and that their name shows up on the order confirmation.  It is so easy to move to the book detail page, which just posts by FIFO. 

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 9:51 PM ET
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Thanks all. 

@thekoose - These are graphic novels that I post and they would keep getting wishlisted.

I underestimated the supply and demand for these. Having to manage 100+ requests is a nightmare right now. I don't even have the money to mail all of them out. I need to lay out a better strategy. 

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2012 9:38 AM ET
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My current approach is that I put my bookshelf on vacation if I already have too many credits.  While it's on vacation, I keep adding books to it, and keep track of what's wishlisted.  Before I take it off vacation, I check what is wishlisted and put separate holds on however many it takes so that I don't have to mail out dozens of books.  (I think the last time I took it off vacation, I had to mail out fifteen books right away.)  I take it off vacation if I have a bunch of stuff stacked up I want to get rid of, and then put it back on after all those are picked up.  (Someone is bound to tell me this is not how it should work, but it works for me, and stuff does get sent out.)

Date Posted: 7/2/2012 11:57 PM ET
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It is easiest if you have a lot and cannot afford to mail them individually to offer them in the WL Multiples thread in the Bazaar. Yes, you would not want them posted to your Bookself before offering in that thread because if there is a WL, they are automatically held for the Wish List unless you post directly to the Wish List of another member as you are posting it.

If you are unable to afford postage on all of the requests you are getting, please place your account on Vacation Hold and then use the Contact Us link in the lower right under Company and send in Feedback asking the PBS Team for assistance. If you start cancelling all those on your own you will likely get your account flagged. They are understanding of new members not realizing how much in demand their books will be and can help you get those transactions cancelled down to a manageable number.

Date Posted: 7/3/2012 12:03 AM ET
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Melanie beat me to it -- the Book Bazaar is a discussion forum.  The wishlist multiples thread there is great for your purposes.

Date Posted: 7/3/2012 5:25 AM ET
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100 book requests!  Oh my.  

Once you get this all straightened out, what you need to do before you post a book is check it to see if it is wish listed first before you even post it.  If it is wish listed as you can see, it gets requested instantly, because people are already in line for it.  That way you can only post at a time what you have the money for postage for.   Or once you find out it is a WL'ed book, if you don't want to post them individually to the FIFO list (first in first out), then you can add them to the WL multiples thread in the book bazaar forum. 

That way you can control your postage costs.smiley

 

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 8:59 AM ET
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Make sure when putting in the ISBN number that you do it from Search at the top of the page. This way it won't get entered into the system and you can check to see if it is wishlisted before adding it to your bookshelf. 

You can also set up a book list  and add your books to it instead of your bookshelf. That way they are in the system but not on your shelf. Sometimes I go through the booklists to see who has new books available for trade that way. Set yours up as WL books to trade and in the info area put you want to trade in multiples.

Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 7/5/2012 11:07 AM ET
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If they are already on your bookshelf you can choose the little box on the right hand side and the Hold button at the top.  that will put them on hold on your bookshelf.  This takes them out of the process and you just have to check them again and hit the Post button to put them back on your shelf.  You probably only want to do this for wishlist books that you plan to post later, so you don't have to reenter them.  if you do it for non-wishlist books then you loose your place in the FIFO line and it will take longer for those books to be requested.

I would prefer the hold process over using a book list (doesn't indicate WL indicator) or reminder list (need to add to that list and remove from shelf).

Putting your whole shelf on vacation hold will prevent any new requests until you are ready to send again, but will retain your place in the FIFO line.

 

 

 

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 2:53 PM ET
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You could put them on your TBR Pile and that'll put a W on them if they're WL. Then go to the multiples WL thread, copy paste the ones that are WL (creating a link to the book for people to look at) and ask for multiple orders. Do a bunch at a time when you want to earn some credits.  Or all at once if you just want to move them out.  Just be prepared to update the list in your post as often as you get requests. 

As for the ones already posted and pending on people's WL, it's kind of bad PBS etiquette to post WL books and then not mail them for lack of postage. WL books being cancelled is a frequent complaint posted on the boards.  People get all worked up over it.  It's easy to figure out if a book if WL or not before you post them.  That said, you probably won't get booted off PBS if you cancel some because you are overwhelmed. Just do some research here before you post a bunch again. 

This is also where the Gold Key comes in handy. I am currently reading through a list of 6  books that I found on a buddy's WL.  I started off by just posting 1 and when it brought up the list of my buddy's that have it on their WL: the 1st person listed also had 5 of my other TBR books on their WL. I pm'd and she said to post them when I was ready. 

 

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 2:56 PM ET
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The vacation hold option won't cancel any pending WL offers unless they time out or get declined by the requester.