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Just started over at BookMooch, and looking for some friends :)
Edit ; sorry forgot to mention my ID name! it's the same as here, jenni7202 :)
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Definately like PBS better. They work basically the same way, seems I have a lot more problems with books not getting mailed and members not responding on bookmooch. Unfortunately, there is no time limit for members to send their books so it may be a month before your book is even mailed.
"how is bookmooch different than PBS and which do you like better?"
I really like both of them and my book trading is split about 50/50 between them. While essentially both book trading sites, they do operate differently.
PBS's biggest advantage is the printable postage/wrappers for books and the wait in line wishlist system.
Bookmooch gives you the ability to mail and receive books internationally. You also get 1/10th of a point for just having a book listed in your inventory and gain 1/10th of a point for leaving feedback on books you've received. The wishlist system there is first come, first served - if you're the first to request it, it's yours!! (I personally like this, it means I have just as much chance at getting a newly listed book, as say the other 50+ wishers for popular books). As deedeexxoo mentioned though, there isn't a time limit set for mailing a book, so you sometimes have to wait but most members usually mention in their bio, if there is going to be a delay. ETA: Forgot to mention, you can put condition notes on each book, so a book that might be technically unpostable here on PBS, can be listed on BM, noting any problems/damage and if someone is just wanting a "reading copy", it can still be requested for a point!
Simply put, I love being a member of both sites, it's the best of both worlds for book traders!
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I am also on bookmooch (cosmicwarrior). I don't like the WL very much -- it's not FCFS like PBS, and because you have to send a request to "mooch" a book, there could be 18 people on a WL and you still may not be able to find someone for it (although you could have a similar situation here).
But you can order and ship internationally -- you get 3 credits to ship internationally, even to Canada! (Most of my books are American-oriented, like US sociology/history and sports, so I probably won't benefit much from this). Cancelled and rejected requests go against you.
I just joined a few days ago and already sent out a few books that I've had listed here for months/years. However, I didn't find anything there that's on my WL.
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I belong to both too, and I think both are great in their own way. Both have their good points and bad points I will say that I get rid of a lot more books through bookmooch for some reason.
I have noticed that some people have books posted on both places at the same time. I don't do that. Nothing wrong with it, but I am just to scatterbrained . So I have separate bookshelves on either site.
Bookmooch is not set up nearly as well as far as forums and all that goes.
I kinda like the way BM does its wishlist. I always feel like I really scored when I get a book. Here I will probably wait for years till I get some of the books on my list. Or untill I break down and buy it.
You are also at their mercy of shipping time -- they can promise to ship in a month! And there are no posting guidelines like here at PBS or precovery for crap books!
The WL there is really only beneificial if you can watch your account 12 hours a day.
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I'm surprised this thread hasn't been shut down yet...... Oh well, it's only a matter of time. And it would probably be better suited to CMT than the BB also. But I'm glad it's been allowed to continue because I've been able to add more BM friend. Yay! (I'm terrilee over there)
I love PBS - it is much more user friendly and well-designed. I love the fact that I don't have to watch my WL constantly (although I'm afraid that may change when the new format comes online)
I love BM because it is much more user-driven. I like the ebay-style feedback. And it's much easier to get rid of books and accumulate points over there. If you consider yourself a "buyer" when you are asking for a book, and the "seller" is the person giving you the book, then it is much more liberating to be able to choose from whom you are buying. With the FIFO system here, you ask for a book, and you have no control over the seller. It would be like going online to buy something, and not being able to choose the vendor. If there are 100 copies of a book in the system, you can "comparison shop" and choose your seller. Buyers give feedback, and you have access to that feedback. You can describe the condition of your book (without the need for RCs), and it is strictly "let the buyer beware". If I have a very popular book that got wet accidentally, I can still list it and state the condition. Someone may really really want that book, and choose to "buy" it anyway.
Of course, sometimes people do NOT list the conditions and you can be disappointed when you get the book. That has happened to me a couple of times. But it has also happened on PBS. The difference is, I could state my disappointment in the feedback there and with enough negative feedback, a "seller" is going to have a more difficult time finding "buyers". Here there is no public record of transactions and it wouldn't matter anyway because of the FIFO system.
But I am a happy member of both sites because they are both a great service to the book-reading community, and they actually complement each other well.