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Topic: No Books Sent No Books Recived?-Thanks so much for your advice...

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Subject: No Books Sent No Books Recived?-Thanks so much for your advice...
Date Posted: 6/12/2008 7:50 AM ET
Member Since: 5/4/2008
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If someones profile says none sent none recieved can they order books? And should I send them? Sorry this might be an easy ? but I was not sure I do alot of ebay and if there rating is 0 I don't deal with them...Thanks so much..


Last Edited on: 6/12/08 10:51 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/12/2008 8:15 AM ET
Member Since: 10/14/2005
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A person can choose how much information about their transactions to make public.  The system actually defaults to keeping that information private.    So you can't assume that someone with no transaction showing in their profile is not active. 

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 8:46 AM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2005
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>If someones profile says none sent none recieved can they order books?

Sure.  There is no requirement to post any books, members are welcome to just buy credits.

If you are worried about it, just use PBS's printable postage with the "instant credit" feature.

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 10:21 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
Posts: 5,526
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it could be a new member that just signed up and have credits to use.  Or as someone else said, they may not have that part viewable to you.

it is never good to assume that someone isn't a good trader based on what you can or can't see in their profile

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 10:53 AM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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Also if it is a newer member, the transactions don't show on the transaction tally until the transactions are complete. So this person might have 10 books in the mail but the transactions aren't complete yet. :)

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 1:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Some people choose to keep the numbers  and every thing they can private.  I personally don't care if anyone sees my numbers. But some people send out a lot more books than they receive or vice/versa.  I remember someone posting a thread once about how someone actually PM'd them asking them why they sent out so many more books than they ordered-which is very rude IMHO.  I've sent out a lot more than I've ordered and no one's every bothered me over my numbers. 

A lack of a profile, forum posts and info does not mean they're inactive. Some people do very little with the site other than sending and receiving books.  I usually check out their shelf and WL. If there's recent additions than they're probably active w/sending and receiving.  They just have no interest in the profiles, the boards or any other part of the website. 

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 11:15 PM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2008
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Keep in mind that some of us hide our numbers on our profiles because listing them reveals our location on a map. While I don't mind sharing my address with the few people that send me books, I don't like the idea of anybody being able to see my info. (I work in a profession where I end up dealing with very dangerous people on occasion).

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 9:24 AM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2007
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You can't tell a thing about members by the numbers.  I recently ordered 2 books from the same member and after waiting five days, one book was sent to my WL and the other went to the next member in the system.  The original person I ordered from had over 700 books listed, so I figured I wouldn't have any trouble getting the books I ordered.  If you're going to take the time to post that many books, surely you're going to be active, right?   No negative judgments about this person, btw.  My guess would be that life got in the way and PBS is the least of her concerns at the moment.  No harm, no foul.  I mention it only to illustrate that the numbers aren't a good indicator as to a members reliabilty.