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Subject: Buying NEW books
Date Posted: 9/24/2009 6:27 PM ET
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I noticed the thread about the new Outlander book and how many people have bought this one NEW. Not my cuppa, but it got me to wondering...

Approximately how many books do you buy NEW each month? With the current economy, have you cut back on your NEW book purchases?

With rising postage costs, are you posting/shipping fewer books on PBS than you have in the past?

Y'all are a very bad/good influence on me. I've bought more NEW books in the past month than I have in the past year. I bought Heat Seeker a couple of weeks ago from Book Depository (before they figured out they were losing money), and just today, I bought Wicked All Day by Liz Carlyle and Arguing with Idiots by Glenn Beck (not fiction and I can't blame this forum, but it is a book). Suddenly I discovered why Wally World offers free tire rotation and wheel balancing. That little bit of auto service cost me $200! LOL

As for PBS, I'm being more selective with Box-O-Books, only doing swaps with 5 or more books (total postage is more, but less per book). I am filling more orders as my copies bubble up to the top of the FIFO system. Since most of the books I'm shipping are skinny category titles, the shipping is usually less than $2. So if I get a credit worth $3, I'm saving $1 for every credit I need to get a book.


Date Posted: 9/24/2009 6:43 PM ET
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Brand new books, I don't even buy one a month anymore.  It's not due to the economy though, it's due to PBS.  Since finding PBS, my new book purchases have really dropped a lot.  This whole year, I've only purchesed about 5 books new.

I do buy used books online though.  1-3 a month usually and it depends on the price I can get them for and where I am on the WL for them.  Even there, I never spend more than $20 a month.

I just figure my new book money from before I found PBS is now going towards postage to swap books I have for other books.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 8:05 PM ET
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I buy a few... I try to support my favorite authors, especially since they're usually not the biggest names.  And I'll take advantage of the occasional bargain, like the Border's 40% coupon.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 8:18 PM ET
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I support my favs with new book sales too.  Plus, I can't sit here & wait for offers on the ones I've been anticipating for months:P  I don't buy so many & there are plenty of months where nothing that I'm waiting for is being released, or maybe several that I do want to buy new will come out in the same month.  I guess it averages out & I still buy less than 10 books per year new, and I use my Borders coupons when I do.  The rest I get on WL offers.  As far as how many I send out, that hasn't changed & my shelf has always moved at a fairly brisk pace; around 3-5 books per week, more when I post my WL books or add to my PBS shelf.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 8:52 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/24/2009 9:04 PM ET
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I think between Amazon and bomc2 I purchased 10 new books.  I have 3 prepurchased thru bomc2.  BUT... I don't do that all the time.  There just happened to be a lot of new books from authors that are on my automatic buy that were released in the last 4 weeks.

Most of the time I use pbs or purchase used books from Amazon.

My bookshelf doesn't look like much, but I post quite a few wish listed books.


Date Posted: 9/24/2009 9:10 PM ET
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I still buy close to 10 a month.  Mostly new titles.  If no one ever buys them, no wishes are granted!  I consider it doing my part.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 9:13 PM ET
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I have a couple authors that I almost always buy new: Shannon McKenna, Charlaine Harris and Alexander McCall Smith's Isabelle Dalhousie and Ladies Detective AGency series. 


Then maybe 2 or 3 times a year I order some books from Amazon under their 4 for 3 deal. 

I just signed up for a monthly romantic suspense book club. They send me 2 free books and will send 3 books a month. But in the shipment they send a newsletter showing what's coming next.  I think the next one I will send back unopened.  I have to look up the books they have listed.  I guess the Nov one I will have to open if I want to see what's coming in Dec. 

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 9:21 PM ET
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I don't buy many new- maybe 5 or 6 a year.  That's just for myself, not counting what I might buy for gifts for my kids/hubby.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 9:37 PM ET
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I'm mostly down on new book purchases - tbr is way too huge - plus I'm trying not to spend as much though I have been ordering from here and some used ones as well. I used to place huge orders with amazon then noticed a lot in my tbr was those and  unnecessary. I've bought more locally(with borders coupon if I"m lucky!) but don't recall any amazon orders I don't think. my goal next year is to think about the new books before automatically buying them and to enjoy my tbr as well as the library.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 11:05 PM ET
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I don't buy very many new books and when I do it's usually online and with a coupon. I do buy several used books, especially if I know they're on the WL. Right now I have a bunch of WL books in my TBR that have been there for awhile so I've cut myself off from buying any books and only ordering WL books from PBS until I  make a significant dent in my TBR.

As far as postage goes I tend to wait until I have several WL books to post so hopefully I can send them out in multiples. On average I get 1 to 2 orders a week from my bookshelf so what I spend on postage stays in the reasonable range.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 11:24 PM ET
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Approximately how many books do you buy NEW each month? With the current economy, have you cut back on your NEW book purchases?

well...  actually my new book purchases have been up lately.  i use my Discover cashback bonus to get Borders giftcards ($20 reward = $25 gc), and with them sending out coupons twice a week i was buying two books a week for a while at 25-40% off.  however, before heading to the store or ordering online i always check where i am in the WL for the books i want, and i don't buy anything i can expect to get via PBS in a reasonable timeframe.  as of last week i actually ran out of things i was willing to buy new - but on 9/29 there's 12 more books on my WL being released so that could change soon.  books i know i'll keep add a little more weight to buying them new, and my auto-buy authors, especially in HB, usually don't go on my WL at all.  the current $100 in giftcards i have will have to last me a while - though my birthday is next month so i might get more book $ then.  :)

With rising postage costs, are you posting/shipping fewer books on PBS than you have in the past?

nope, after cleaning out some shelf space i actually shipped more than 50 books the last two weeks which is way higher than normal.  however, i'm using the 'is this on your WL' and the deal threads to almost always ship more than one WL book at a time, and i think that was only about 12 packages.  anyone i have to mail to, whether a FIFO order from my shelf or a swap game, i always check their WL and see if there's something i can post to them.  it's the only way i can afford to keep mailing books out, especially since i now have a good size credit stockpile and don't really need the credit but don't want to take books 'out' of the PBS cycle.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 9:47 AM ET
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I missed the postage question yesterday.

I did cut back for a while on the books I was sending. But between shelf orders, WL books posted, game books, BOB deals and another trading site-I've sent out about 40 books in the last couple of weeks. I already have several to send next week.  I think I'm going to go back on hold. I got down below my credit cushion comfort level and so went on a purge.  I reactivated my BOB account in an effort to replace some read book and wont' read books with books I want to read. 

But I'm not going to make any BOB offers until I read a few more TBR books and get caught up on my game books.

In fact I think I'm going to put my account on vacation for a while.  Just to get caught up on some reading.  I spent a lot of time this week just wrapping and mailing orders. I mailed 15 books out yesterday and about the same on Monday.  It was time consuming fining boxes for the bulk orders and then wrapping all those books and going to the PO.  I didn't want to pay a printed postage fee on all those orders. 

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 11:22 AM ET
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1 or 2 a month.  But I also take advantage of the points on my credit cards to buy Amazon and Barnes and Noble gift cards and I use them for books too.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 11:35 AM ET
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I have been interested to note that I am not the only person here with an unusually high number of mailed out books this month!  So far I have mailed out 58 books and have 21 BOB swaps and 17 requested yet to arrive.  I will probably close my BOB for a while, at least until someone mentions a great author and I feel compelled to look for all her books! 

I have bought 13 new books this year, but some preorders I had with Amazon got cancelled when I realized that I have plenty of books to read and my WL number is low enought that I will get the book sometime before my eyes give out.  LOL.

Last Edited on: 9/25/09 11:38 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 12:03 PM ET
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I've started holding off on more books and adding them to WL or my RL.  I have over 600 books so waiting for them is easier.  It's not like I have nothing to keep me busy. 

I put my account on hold today. I have 23 credits now, about 10 pending in swaps and several books to mail.  So there's no rush for me to earn some credits.  With the giant TBR, I certainly don't need any WL books coming either.  I just have some out of print ones on autorequest just incase. 

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Date Posted: 9/25/2009 12:23 PM ET
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If a WL is too long, & it's a book I really want, I'll still head right out & buy it... I don't mind "doing my part" for helping to grant WL requests either.  Probably still buy between 5-10 a month- sometimes more if there's a good sale.  (And books purchased for a quarter at the FOL table don't count!)  Those darn 40% off Border's Rewards coupons are really my undoing... I almost feel compelled to use them.  Good thing I read fast!  Sometimes I "justify" the book purchase by getting something for my daughter instead of me... book addiction... who, me??  :P

I also get 3 new ones every month from HQN/MIRA- those are always on WL- so I just send them out when I'm done... I hate to keep them around- I rarely re-read.  One of the main reasons I joined was to have someone to give the books to when I was done with them.  (Although, now I do have way more used than new...)   BoB exchanges really loaded up my TBR list when I first started... didn't know how to say "no" then... When my husband asks if the piles of books I haven't shelved yet are getting larger, I tell him that of course, he must be imagining things...  No, really... I have a good hubby who's very tolerant (& slightly amused) about my book hobby/addiction!  (My other problem is that I feel compelled to read them all before I post them!)

But, seriously, I am trying to stay on the "Don't order...stick with your TBR pile for now" wagon.  (Unless a WL request is granted.)

Currently trying not to add anything else to the WL either.. but that "new books to WL" thread is just pure evil :P

(ETA:  I usually send out about 3-5 books per week, depending on how fast I'm reading... (they're all WL books lately), so postage seems to remain about the same.  I suppose it'll change when I rebuild my shelf again... one of these days...)

Last Edited on: 9/25/09 12:29 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 5:31 PM ET
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In recent years I've cut down on buying new books, lately I've cut down even more. I get the Blaze and Presents categories new each month, a few category authors I always buy new, and some authors I will never not buy new.

I love it when there are a lot of reissues in a given month, cuts down my buying; I order through online Ingram via my bookseller who is in indy and I like to support her. Even with a huge TBR I do use the library for new releases I want to read but don't necessarily want to put on my WL, or spend a credit for.


Date Posted: 9/25/2009 7:25 PM ET
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Monthly, I probably buy 3 to 5 books new, 8 to 10 used, & receive 5 to 10 in swaps.

I haven't cut back on swaps due to postage, but I've never had a large volume of trades (just steady).  I send 1 to 3 trades a week - mainly wishlisted books. 

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 7:38 PM ET
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I've started using my library a lot more to fill in series gaps.  With so many books in the TBR-even though I have credits I look at the library first if I'm missing one from a series.  I'd rather save the credits for WL books since I usually don't put books my library has on WL.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 11:10 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/26/2009 12:01 AM ET
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I tend to buy new in spring and fall,  but it averages out to 5 to 6 a month.  Christmas is a season unto itself, I buy heavily then. 

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 1:29 PM ET
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My new book purchases have dropped a lot, too, since joining PBS. The only time I'll really buy a book new is if I have a killer coupon from B&N or Borders, or if I'm reading a series and absolutely NEED to buy that next book because I can't wait for the WL to spit it up. 

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 2:10 PM ET
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I have cut back on new so I can catch up on my TBR pile.  There are a few authors I like to support if I can but I usually only get paperbacks.


Date Posted: 9/29/2009 2:25 PM ET
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I try and buy new if I know it will be a keeper.  Even more so if the author isn't yet a big name.  I'll wait for the library or PBS on the big names.  I'm addicted to browsing bookstores.  And I like knowing that I'm buying from my local independent store, helping keep them in business.  Buying on line isn't the same.