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Subject: boxer worth it???
Date Posted: 6/10/2009 5:31 PM ET
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I was thinking about becomming a boxer and wanted honest opinions if it is worth it. I dont have that many books on my shelf just 60 or so and not a lot of them are series. I just wanted people opinions before I shelled out the cash.



Last Edited on: 6/10/09 5:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 6/10/2009 5:43 PM ET
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If you like Nora Roberts and Janet Evanovich then I would think BOB would be a good thing for you as they are both heavily posted authors.

You can search the boxers shelves before you join.  So you can see if the type of books you like are posted to boxer shelves.

You can also turn people down if they don't have anything you want.

You don't need a big shelf to be a boxer.  It helps if you want to do a lot of large BOBs.  I personally prefer to keep it to 4-5 books because I never have a box big enough handy to fit more and also there's less risk involved. Not to mention it's hard to find more books than that that I want on someone's shelf.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 6:12 PM ET
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what sort of risk is involved?

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 8:53 PM ET
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Well it hasn't happened to me but people have had boxes go lost or the other boxer never ships or something.  Those are not as common as the good deals.  But you never know.   I know I would less upset about a deal going bad if it was for 4 or 5 books then if it was for 20.  I've only had 1 bad BOB experience where the other person send me a nasty book. But she sent me a replacement so it worked out allright.  (I have my BOB on hold right now because I just have too many books).

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 11:34 PM ET
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thanks for all the info i think i might go for it wish me luck

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 12:24 PM ET
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There's not a lot in the way of risk, aside from spending the 8 bucks or whatever it is now & not really using it much.  I used it to death at first & loved it, but by the last few months I had pretty much everything I wanted and was tapering off to most of my orders being for WL books, so I was turning down offers more than accepting them for a month or two before it expired.  I've never considered getting it again because I'm pretty much in the same position now.  BOB is great for building your TBR to monumental proportions and putting together series' from the same author, but it does outlive its usefulness for most people after a while.

Subject: my thoughts...
Date Posted: 6/11/2009 10:47 PM ET
Member Since: 11/23/2007
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I am a boxer but I am regretting it right now... because I am having NO luck in people wanting my books. I don't have that many books but I'm not looking to swap a lot either (just two or three... I think the most has been 5)... so I am upset at the moment with being a boxer.  I will continue to try because I would like to get the 8.50 back, so I will continue to try to find someone to trade with me.  Just keep this in mind!

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 12:49 AM ET
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My only problems with being a boxer are that BOB doesn't have the same requirements (?) as regular swapping. There are no set standards for times to accept/mail etc.  So a lot of deals are left hanging because someone either has not accepted/declined or has not bothered to mail their box (sometimes even after receiving mine). There is also no way to mark books RWAP. Also, a lot of people don't bother with the feedback section. 99% of my BOB swaps have been wonderful though and I will definitely keep doing it.

Editing to add that members sometimes also forget to mark boxes received and PBS does NOT send reminders about this like regular swapping.



Last Edited on: 6/12/09 12:50 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/12/2009 12:51 AM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2008
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i have done 60+ swaps for several hundred books! have only had 1 terrible experience. and one not so good. the rest have been a treat!

about the only bad thing i can think of is my tbr has increased while my bookshelf has decreased

i basically keep my credits for wl books (and sell a few off to fund postage) and try to get my rl books from boxing....

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 1:08 AM ET
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I'm a wishlist type of reader, and don't see much merit for my reading style :-)     If boxing meets your reading needs, go for it!

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 3:16 PM ET
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I think that boxing would be better if there was a way to search for multiple books to see if anyone has the books you are looking for. Right now you can only search for one book at a time and I normally go in looking for titles I want. Also I'm running across a lot of people who collect books that they don't read because they figure someone else might but aren't into the books I have so that don't want to swap (which is understandable)... so maybe if you could also look for people who read the same genre as you then that could help with the boxing program. I figure that even if I don't ever ship a box that I have saved enough money on books with PBS that I'm just helping to support it.

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 4:56 PM ET
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i love BOB.  you dont have to request 4 or 5 bopoks.  you can request 1 and then most of the time they can find at least 1 book on your shelf.  it has really saved me on my credits that i usually only use for Wl books.  well worth it.  Boxers have "credit ratings" , so if you're worried about someone not mailing to you, just pick someone who has good results.

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 5:02 PM ET
Member Since: 8/13/2008
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Just keep in mind that you might be turning down offers more then you accept them. Out of every 10 offers, I usually accept 1.

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 5:22 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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When people come on asking if they can do BOB with a small shelf-I usually advise against loading up their shelves with a bunch of books they would never read for the reason Ruth stated.  I know this from experience.