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Subject: buddy a credit??
Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:11 PM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2008
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I know you can buddy a credit to someone for different reasons but I recently saw in a post " Buddy me a credit and PM me to let me know which book you want".  One, how do I know you will mail the book and two why not just request the book the regular way?  This was not part of a deal where you request one and get a freebie.

Just curious,




Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:24 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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I would not order a book that way.  You would have no recourse if the sender failed to send the book.  I would have to wonder if what they are doing violates PBS rules- was there any explanation as to why they wanted to do it this way, as opposed to simply ordering a book from their shelf in the conventional way?  I suppose they get their credit sooner if they can get someone to buddy them, but I don't believe that is following the rules of PBS.

On the other hand, it could be a new member who is not clear on how things operate here, so I don't want to assume any evil intent where there might not be.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:24 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2008
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Personally, I would avoid swaps like this for the very reason you indicated. The requestor has no protection. In most cases (in almost every case that I can think of), you'd be much better off going through the system and requesting the required number of books.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:37 PM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2008
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Thanks......I was just wondering.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 8:17 AM ET
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I did a search and it appears that the person has several brand new hardcovers.  I guess it's an attempt to bypass FIFO, since they're brand new.  Since she isn't asking for multiple credits for superb-quality hardcovers, maybe it doesn't break the rules...

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 8:39 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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The reason someone would do this is that they get a credit right away, as opposed to waiting until the book is received.  So, it may be nothing shady - he/she might have had a WL book come up and just needs a credit.  It's far better than just begging someone to lend them a credit, IMO.

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 8:53 AM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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Can't you order directly from a person's shelf to bypass the FIFO system too?  Also, you get the credit immediately if you use PBS postage and DC.  Of course, not everyone wants to do that.

Seems a curious thing to do, but maybe whoever mentioned that they need the credit quickly because of a WL book is right.

If I really wanted the book I guess I'd probably risk the credit.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:17 AM ET
Member Since: 6/21/2007
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