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Subject: Books not being ordered
Date Posted: 10/25/2011 12:25 PM ET
Member Since: 7/25/2011
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I have books in my bookshelf, and some of them I know are on some wish list, how come I am not getting orders, I have sent and received books and it was great the 1st month I was here.

I have books I would like to order but have no credits, the reason I even joined this site was to save money by swapping not to buy credits from others. So how can I get my books out. And is there a way to contact wishers?

The site is a great thing if books are moving, I know not all of my books will be wanted and that is fine but books I see people wishing for I dont understand. 



Date Posted: 10/25/2011 12:33 PM ET
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I took a look at your shelf, and didn't see any that appeared to be wishlisted.  Can you give an example/the ISBN of which one you know is on a wish list?

Sometimes people only wish for a certain type of book, such as Hardback or Large Print.  In those cases, there may be plenty of copies of the other type (say, paperback), but the people only want hardback for a certain reason.  Maybe completing a collection or something.

ETA:  You can also post your available copy here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/Wishlisted-Under-Different-ISBN-2011/topic/221493/?ls=125#p5318426

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Date Posted: 10/25/2011 12:56 PM ET
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I don't see any on your shelf that are likely to be WL either.  If you look up Cruel & Unusual-there's over 700 copies of it and it's WL in Large Print Hardcover and audiocassette.  That's what they want or they'd have ordered one of the other thousands of copies of that book (it probably has many versions each with hundreds posted)

There's some people wishing for audiobook versions of A Loving Scoundrel. But again the print version is not WL and likely has hundreds (if not thousands) in the system with all it's various versions. This is pretty common with super popular authors like Patricia Cornwell, Johanna Lindsay, Nora Roberts, James Patterson etc...,,  So many people buy their books new that they don't stay WL here long and soon become very heavily posted.  Especially since they rerelease them so often and in many different versions.  There are 39 different versions of Cruel and Unusual in the system.

Since you have a short bookshelf-I put them all on my RL to see how many copies are in the system. Some of them don't have many and might get ordered soon.  In the mean time you may have to buy credits or post some WL books if you can't wait.


Date Posted: 10/25/2011 1:25 PM ET
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Susan, a lot of new members express some of the same feelings.  You might find the Help Center document called "How to get your books requested!" helpful.

Date Posted: 10/25/2011 1:54 PM ET
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Susan by all means check out the Help Center Doc.  Also an 8 book shelf with some heavily posted authors will not get you the orders you want.  I would try to increase the size of your shelf considerably and then see how things work out.  Depending on your situation there are  places to get cheap used PBs that you can post.  I frequent a couple of second hand stores a couple of times a week to add to my shelf. Some places I can get books for as little as 10 to 25 cents a book, and one place actually gives "Seasoned Citizens" a discount one day a week. 

Hey at 58 I don't feel "Seasoned", but if these places want to give anyone over 55 a break....Hell I'm there.


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Date Posted: 10/25/2011 2:00 PM ET
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Susan, if you sent a book in order to get a credit, you'd probably spend $2.41 postage (for a book under 1 pound).  If you purchase a credit through the Kiosk, you would spend $3.45.   And I think credits are being sold by members in the Book Bazaar for around $2.50.   So either way, buying credits is still much less expensive than going to the book store and not that much more than mailing a book.

Subject: Shelf not moving
Date Posted: 10/25/2011 4:23 PM ET
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Susan..I took a look at your shelf. Most of your shelf is books that have A LOT of copies before your. PBS operates at on FIFO-first in first out, so all the ones before you have to be requested first. I would hit up family memebers who are readers and ask if they have any book that want to get rid of. I have a friend who is a reader, but will read the book ONE time and there the book sits till she cleans off the shelfs..and lets me  or my daughter, also an PBSer have the ones we want to read or swap.

Date Posted: 10/26/2011 8:04 AM ET
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Susan: Another way to build up your credits is to shop at used book stores and stores like goodwill or thrift stores. You can get books for as little as 25 cents. I use my iPhone while shopping and there is an ap that lets you scan books to see if they have a wish list. You may not want to read it but someone else might. That can help get you credits fast, make another member happy and keep you from getting frustrated while you wait for your bookshelf books to move up in the FIFO line. It doesn't have to cost much. I look at it as trading. You find a book someone else wants so you can pick one that you want.
Date Posted: 10/26/2011 8:21 AM ET
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In my area there are no cheap books like that. Just a forwarning. Even the thrift stores here charge $1.99 for  a mass market paperback. But I go to them anyway because I frequently find WL books that I want to read.  Then I can post them here. 

Date Posted: 10/26/2011 9:01 AM ET
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Another suggestion for getting books: bag days at Friends of the Library sales or thrift shops.  And if you pack the bag neatly you can get a lot more in than if you just throw things in at random!

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 9:11 PM ET
Member Since: 7/25/2011
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I seen the Plum loven book on wishlist, 

I want to thank everyone for the advice and great info, Thanks for welcoming to the club too. 

I understand the FIFO and that is a good thing, I will try and get more books on here, I have a huge collection of Koontz but just cant seem to part with it. I will be reposting the scarpetta series when I get it finished too

Thanks again



Date Posted: 10/28/2011 8:54 AM ET
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There's about 1,000 copies of Plum Lovin in the system in various forms. The ones WL are probably because they know that version is large print even if the listing doesnt say that, they want a specific cover picture for a collection,  they want unabridged audio and the one available is abridged etc..,, 

I also think sometimes that those stray WL for books that are readily available in many formats are inactive members.  Especially when it's a 5-digit PBS assigned ISBN and there's hundreds of  copies for the same binding in the system.  The member has stopped being active and what's left on their WL is probably rare stuff that never gets posted (foreign editions, 5-digit ISBNs, oddball editions etc..,).  So it makes a book look WL when really if you posted that edition it would probably time out on their WL.