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Subject: Bookins swap club
Date Posted: 11/26/2007 7:13 PM ET
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Has anyone joined this swapping club? Bookins.com It seems awfully complicated and expensive. It is based on points and its $4.49 for shipping. Perhaps I'm not reading it correctly but I just don't understand why anyone would use this club when we have our own perfect swapping place right here which is easy to use and inexpensive. I love it!
Date Posted: 11/26/2007 7:53 PM ET
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I actually found Bookins first and joined. The only advantage I found is that the postage to send books is free. You just print the label and you never have to go to the post office. Now that PBS has printable postage, no more advantage. They do charge you 4.49 when a book is being sent to you which is more expensive. I only used it for hardbacks or trade paperbacks. I would never order a mass market paperback from them. It is not really complicated, but after finding PBS, I use this site mostly although I do still have points with Bookins. PBS has a lot of extras like this forum and the chat rooms, and I think the system is easier to use. If I had found PBS first, I would not have joined Bookins.
Date Posted: 11/26/2007 9:24 PM ET
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I'm a member of bookins too. It's not really complicated and they do charge 4.49 for any books you recieve. It used to be only 3.99 which at the time was only about 50 cents more then a credit here cost. Now I only use it for certain hardcovers and I found a couple of my wishlisted books over there but otherwise I'm perfectly happy right here.

Date Posted: 11/27/2007 1:16 PM ET
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I use Bookins as well as PBS.  It is more expensive and swaps don't move as fast but I've been able to get some wishlisted books quickly there that have waiting lines of 300+ here at PBS.

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 5:38 PM ET
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I use Bookins too, but PBS is my favorite.  I like that the postage for books I send out is "paid" by Bookins and that I only pay for books I get.  I only use it for hardcovers or trade paperbacks that would cost me more new and that are wish listed and hard to come by.  It is definitely not my primary book site, but it's nice as a "filler." 

Jan

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 9:31 PM ET
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I was on Bookins before PBS, but find this site an awful lot better.. .and cheaper! Haven't been back there.

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 4:50 PM ET
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I had first signed up for Bookins a long time ago, before I knew of PBS.  I couldn't really use that site because of the cost.  With me being a mother of 4 and a stay at home mom, money is always an issue and I was pretty bummed out over at Bookins knowing that I always had to have all that money on hand for anything that I wanted.  Here at PBS it is usually low cost to send books to other members and I believe that PBS is so much more user friendly.  I plan to stay with PBS only.  It fits my lifestyle way more than any other book club that I have come across..Happy Reading!

Heather

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 9:13 AM ET
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I had never heard of Bookins until this thread, so naturally I had to peek at it.  One of the things I found interesting was that you get assigned point values based on how popular or in demand a book is.  The more popular, the more points.  The strange thing was, they don't allow people to post books that smell smoky, but they do allow books with water damage or stains, as long as they don't affect the reading of the book.  Ick.