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Subject: Box of Books offer -- can I just decline it?
Date Posted: 5/25/2011 11:02 PM ET
Member Since: 4/9/2009
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I'm a new boxer.  I joined to see if the program would work for me.  I'm going broke with postage on mailing single books.  I got my first offer today.  The request was for a box of homeschool books.  There is nothing on this member's shelf I'd like to have.  (We'd like historical fiction and kids' books.)  I'm not a mystery reader and don't need eight books I've never heard of. :-/  Is it possible to decline the offer?  Or is there anyway to be specific in my profile?  I can see a lot of this happening in the future.  Is there something I'm missing?

Thanks, Ami

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 11:09 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Yes, you can decline...it happened to me a lot for the short time I was a boxer too. After awhile I got tired of saying "no, thanks" so I put the BOXing on hold and just didn't renew my membership. I would have people who had 30 books on their shelf (all romance or highly posted stuff that I wasn't interested in) offer me 10-book deals....um, no. Don't feel bad about saying no...if you say yes, you'll just end up with a bunch of books you don't really want.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 11:52 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2009
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Ami-

I've also seen boxers actually put the types of books they're looking for into their bookshelf header. A little message like "For Boxers- I'm not willing to do a box trade for less than 3 books, please." or "Boxers: I'm mainly looking for historical fiction and kid's books. If your shelf does not contain these types of books, then I'll probably be declining the swap."  Something like that will probably cut down a bit on the types of offers you get.  People will see your header when they call up your shelf for trading.

Don't feel bad about declining any box trades if they don't have any books on their shelf that you want!  Just word the decline message politely!  If you don't want to do any box trades for a while, you can always put BOB on hold, too.

Did you know that you can search other boxers' shelves as well?  If you're looking for certain genres, or even specific books, you can call up the boxers' shelves that have those books and initiate some trades yourself. 

Hope that helps!

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 12:02 AM ET
Member Since: 4/9/2009
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Thanks  :)

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 8:46 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Don't feel guilty about declining.  You don't have to accept every box offer. 

When I was  boxer, I did the bookshelf heading and put that I wasn't interested in Children's books or category romances.

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2009
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Posting in the bookshelf header what you are interested in does help cut down the offers of items you aren't interested in. I buy a lot of books to post, but when boxing put in my header that although I had children's books and romance on my shelf, I didn't have children or read the romance category, so it was unlikely that I'd be interested in boxing with those that had only those genres on their shelf.

One thing you can do (if you are willing) is decline but at the same time offer a credit deal. I often did that if their was nothing on their shelf I was interested in, and probably 65% of the time it was accepted. That still saved me significant postage.

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 4:57 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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I'm glad you guys chimed in...that shows how long it's been since I did the BOB thing...they didn't even HAVE the bookshelf headers then or I might have posted something like "Romance Readers go away!" LOL I was one of the beta-testers for BOB before it even came out, and was given a free 6 month membership for my time once it went live...but it just wasn't for me. Other folks love it, though.

Cheryl