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Subject: Books requested
Date Posted: 7/21/2012 1:20 PM ET
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Hi, I'm new here. I just posted a few books. How long before you have to send them out or get them requested?
Date Posted: 7/21/2012 1:37 PM ET
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Hi Heather,

Welcome to PBS.  Books are queued in a First In, First Out manner.  You can check to see how many books are posted by adding them to your reminder list.  You can get an idea of how long it will be that way.  Once a book is requested, you have 5 days to accept and then 5 additional days after accepting to mail. 

The PBS Help Center is great and will answer most if not all of your questions.  I recommend going to the Browse the Help topics and just starting at the beginning.



Date Posted: 7/21/2012 7:11 PM ET
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Welcome to PBS Heather!

Date Posted: 7/22/2012 4:58 PM ET
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If a book you post happens to be on someone's wish list, you'll get a request soon -- usually within a few days.  It will be offered to the member who is first in the wish list line for that book.

If there are already other copies of your book (with the same ISBN) posted here by other members, then it gets in line to be requested.  When someone orders that ISBN, the order goes to the member who has been waiting longest to mail out that book, and everyone else moves up a notch.

Date Posted: 7/22/2012 5:05 PM ET
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Welcome to PBS. I remember posting books and looking  evry hour for those requests to come in. It took a little time and now some weeks it is hard to keep up. Check out the games in the Forums--That's fun too.

Date Posted: 7/24/2012 9:07 AM ET
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Patience is key.  Plus you may consider posting a few more books to your shelf to increase the chances someone might want something you have.


Date Posted: 7/24/2012 12:23 PM ET
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It might take awhile with only 10 fairly common books posted.  Usually the easiest way to earn credits is to post wish list books.  Some people troll garage sales and thrift stores for cheap books to post.  I used to do that but I decided it's no longer economical to do that. It's cheaper just to buy credits from someone in the book bazaar.  Unless you can get books super cheap (like .25-50) and can ship them in multiples.  But my recommendation would be if you want to do that, get ones you want to read first.  If you can afford a couple of new books, get a couple you want to read that are wish list.  Read and post them to earn a few credits while your other books move up the FIFO line.  If you have a bunch of books laying around that you are on the fence about keeping: put them on the TBR Pile here and see if any are wish list. 

mistie -
Date Posted: 7/24/2012 1:41 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2007
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If you want to request some books, but don't have the credits, instead of needing to wait until your books are requested you can always choose to buy credits - either from other members via the book bazaar forum, or from PBS through the kiosk.

Date Posted: 7/24/2012 2:28 PM ET
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Heather, welcome to PBS! I just ordered a couple of books from your shelf that I've been looking for. That should get you started. :)

Date Posted: 7/24/2012 4:09 PM ET
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If I could tag along on your question.   Is there really any way to get an idea where you sit in the FIFO list for your bookshelf?  I've got a bunch of kids books listed.  Some I'm in position 1, but it could easily be that no one ever wants a Bee Move tie in ya novelization.  To pick an odd example.  Or maybe they go a few times a year.

Date Posted: 7/24/2012 4:37 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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No there's no way to see where you are in FIFO. It wouldn't really help for the reason you gave.  I highly posted book could be very popular and getting requested regularly while a book with only a few copies may never get requested.  At one point they said they were working on a way to give estimates on bookshelf books like they do on the WL.  But it hasn't happened yet and it doesn't seem to be that accurate on the Wish list here or at Swapadvd. I've had DVD's at the top of my WL there for years and they've said, for years now, that my estimate is just a week or two. I have many books on my WL here with no estimates ever and they aren't hard to find, never posted books.  But I don't really pay much attention to the estimates anyway.

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 7/24/2012 6:20 PM ET
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I've had some pretty obscure books requested, things I would think no one ever would want, like a tv repair textbook from the 50s. You never know what's going to go or when.