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Subject: Box-O-Books
Date Posted: 3/24/2010 5:45 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2010
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How does it work?

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 6:00 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2009
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I'm a relatively new "Boxer" so not an expert, but -

You select books you want from other Boxer's shelves. They look at your shelf, and either pick a like number of books they want, or decline the offer (occasionally offering a credit "deal" instead). If they select books, once you've both agreed - you ship them out - no credits involved. You will both make and receive offers.

Lately I've run into a couple of people who seem to do it differently - and in a manner I dislike - they haven't shipped their books until receiving mine. That irks me, it's not like you are sending your books "on approval."!

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 6:17 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2010
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ahh okay thanks! that seems pretty cool. I might try it.

that would bug me...not sending books until they recieve yours. I dont think i could stand that...

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 6:56 PM ET
Member Since: 4/16/2008
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 I have often thought about becoming a boxer, but I am very afraid the postal clerk would go postal (That was bad...) if I added to the influx of books that I pick up weekly.   I get books faster than I read them lately!

From everything that I have heard it is a wonderful program, and well worth the yearly fee.  If you do decide to give it a try, I am sure that you won't regret it.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 7:00 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2009
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I do like that the fee helps support the site, and as postage for multiple books is cheaper, you do save money (and credits). I've more than recouped my fee in slightly over a month of participating.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 7:08 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Just a suggestion: search some boxer shelves and see if any of them have books you are interested in reading. 

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 7:09 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Just a suggestion: search some boxer shelves and see if any of them have books you are interested in reading. 

Date Posted: 3/27/2010 2:33 AM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2007
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I am a boxer and I am enjoying it.  For a long time, I had visions of hauling big boxes of books to the post office. :)  Well, I got over that and decided to try it for a year.  I have had a really great experience with it so far - only one "bad" one (the boxer just disappeared after I sent her the books and I never got mine).  However, it does kind of irk me when I only get a request for one book on my shelf but I do understand that too - a way to get a book you want without losing a credit, right?  It has been an excellent way for me to get books for my grandchildren without spending credits so I will continue with it just for that!  I have three grandchildren that read a lot (one is almost 13, one is 9 and the other is 7) so really happy to be able to get them the books they want without spending money (fixed income, you know?).  Only down side is if you DO get a request for several books and don't use PBS postage, it means a trip to the post office - you aren't supposed to mail anything over 13 (I think it's 13) ounces with stamps...you must go to the counter.