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Topic: **Buying or Selling Book Credits? READ THIS FIRST**

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Date Posted: 10/20/2016 5:16 PM ET
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You seemed to be saying the owners shouldn't give an explanation because it's such a small portion of people affected. But, if that small portion of people accounts for the majority of swaps, then why shouldn't they honor us with an explanation and response? If that's not what you meant then I apologize that I misunderstood. 

Date Posted: 10/22/2016 5:45 PM ET
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I think the problem with credits being 3 bucks each is that actually a book is not in fact 3 bucks each. You have to factor in the cost of the membership and the fee paypal takes every time you buy credits not even including myriad other fees pbs charges assuming you use those extra services. Hopefully the site lasts, even if on a smaller scale, because a lot of people still get joy out of it but yeah they effectively made getting books here more expensive than off amazon (not to even mention used bookstores) with this call. They probably won't lose a lot off this particular decision because not a ton of people use Book Bazaar but a lot of the heaviest users do and I think it won't prove to be a smart decision long term. 

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Date Posted: 10/22/2016 11:01 PM ET
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I loved buying the cheap credits, but I also understand the economics behind making them at least the same price than postage. So $2.61 would be fair, as almost all of us use and re-use packing material ;-)

A question maybe a bit out of context. How can PBS itself sell credits? They are selling books (=credits) that the members, of which many pay membership fees, list for free. That is something I never understood. Can somebody explain, please?

Subject: Forced $3 credit sales
Date Posted: 10/26/2016 5:12 AM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2010
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I agree with all the folks who believe that this is a bad move for all their well articulated reasons. I've been hanging around here for quite a number of years and have been dismayed to see that those running the site have beem moving more and more into a mercenary position. It used to feel like a friendly swap site,and while I did not like to see the postage and PBS fees go up steadily, I consoled myself that PBS, at least was not doing this to make money. Initially, the small fees were reasonable and most folks could afford to participate. I have purchased credits for as low as $2.20 and was glad to pay the money, as I am sure the sellers were pleased with the sale. I simply could not afford to purchase the higher priced PBS costs. Then came the membership fees which I eventually coughed up but was not very happy about. This last decision was, however, much harder to accept, as it dictates the price members are being forced to charge for their credits. That seems to be crossing a line of control that should belong to PBS members. These are, after all, their credits. This arbitrary decision is quite disheartening, especially for those of us who are on fixed incomes and have historically welcomed PBS as an affordable place to trade books. When Angie's list became too greedy, someone stepped up and figured out a way to offer the same thing without any charges at all. As a result, folks went to the other site. At what point folks will be seeking other book swaping places will be up to each individual member, but I, for one will begin to do some Googling. I do not say this with malice, however, I do believe a line of member control has been crossed regarding the forced charge for members to sell credits. It was a good system that made members happy to get deals...for the buyer as well as the seller. Why interfere with something that has worked very well, except to make more money? Was this decision really necessary? I do hope that you will reconsider this move. I believe members who have gone along with all the other increases will see a willingness on your part to admit that this was a poor decision and would remain loyal to PBS. I respectfully ask you to revisit this decision.

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Date Posted: 10/26/2016 8:53 AM ET
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I have excess credits to sell, and popped into the BB to find things here have changed significantly.  I was encouraged to see that my credit value was greater than I anticipated, and that there was so much activity on the posts of people selling credits on the new price... until I went in and looked, and saw that it was only the Original Poster saying, "Bump... bump... credits still available..."  So now it seems hardly worth posting the credits, as it appears the odds of unloading them are pretty low.

Subject: Mods Silent
Date Posted: 11/3/2016 2:50 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2007
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Mods of the site never have commented on their forced changes since they made them nor do they ever answer emails.  Very sad :( 

Date Posted: 11/26/2016 11:42 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
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Almost all of the posts are credits for sale , I dont see many book deals. I thought that this forum was for deals. I wish they had a different forum for credit sales.

Date Posted: 12/11/2016 12:32 AM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2012
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Is it all right to ask for gift cards to places besides Amazon (such as Best Buy, Olive Garden, etc) as long as the price is at least $3 per book credit?

FeeGee - ,
Date Posted: 12/21/2016 5:57 PM ET
Member Since: 3/5/2007
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I am going on 98 years old and I LOVE pbs!!!!  There are several ways to deal with our problem of price of credits and postage. Such as- Only sell hardcover books by twos.  I try to order at least two books per order so -you get your postage paid that way- but not much toward theprice of the great books you are mailing to me.

I think it is time you told me that you have a special bookcase I may order a book from when I have ordered  1?-better 2? paperbacks. Now, you are in control, but I have a great option! - That fabulous, like new, hardcover book "God's Secretaries" -The Making of the King James Bible- is within my reach!

.I do not hesitate a moment-and only breath again when the deal is done!  If pbs can not discriminate between the value of books, we , the book buyer, and  you the book seller- must!!  Have a great day and Holiday Greetings!! feegee

















Date Posted: 3/13/2017 3:58 PM ET
Member Since: 10/3/2009
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I think every one should have the right to sell their credits at what ever price they want. I think PBS is getting to expensive for me and I will be re thinking my membership when the time comes to renew. PBS you will be loosing a lot of senior  members over this rule, And that is really a shame.

Subject: Please have a separate forum for credit selling
Date Posted: 4/24/2017 11:48 AM ET
Member Since: 9/3/2009
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I second Leann's suggestion. PLEASE have a separate forum for selling credits. So many are selling credits, it's hard to find the posts that are for books.


Subject: paypal and book cedits
Date Posted: 6/1/2017 2:30 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2010
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When paying with PayPal for credits I am asked quite often to use the family and friends option because it forces me to pay up to 6.00 more[paypal charge for sending to friends and family.] 

Or do we use the paying for goods which will charge the seller. Since we are technally buying goods I feel we should not have to pay that extra price but there are some people that insist. 

I think there needs to be a decision by PBS on which to use. If we use the buying option we are protected with buyer assurance through pay pal but the friends and family option gives us no protection. Thanks so much and I hope we can get some clarification.

Date Posted: 6/28/2017 7:48 AM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2007
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Since all member's credits will now be $3 can we please get an ongoing thread where members selling can just post to that 1 thread how many they have to sell & clear up the book bazaar of all the members selling the same thing at the same price?


Just re-posting this great and overdue idea.  Please make it happen, the Book Bazaar is a mess!  Please create a Credit Bazaar.

Date Posted: 7/11/2017 2:04 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
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Stephanie  , I have been wanting that to happen for along time.

I would really like to sell my 10 credits , any amount up to 10 for amazon GC


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Date Posted: 12/14/2017 8:11 PM ET
Member Since: 11/7/2010
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I'm very disappointed.  Money is already tight enough that I actually held a debate in my head as to wether or not I should get the limited membership or stick to ala carte.  I forked over the money thinking, "it's no biggie...at least I can go to the bazaar and get some cheap credits so I can get some books".  Nope!!  I haven't been on PBS in years and this is what I come back to.  I miss the way PBS USED to be.  Yes, the bazaar was and is a little unorganized but at least being on PBS was fun back then.  

Date Posted: 2/20/2018 10:27 PM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2005
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I HATE this rule!  I have over 50 credits, and I have not been able to sell a single one, despite posting offers on several occasions.  I participated in paperback swap in good faith and now that I'm not using it any longer I'm stuck with these credits.  I should be able to sell them for whatever price I want.  I earned them, I should decide what they are worth to me.

Date Posted: 2/20/2018 11:10 PM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2008
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Since this insane rule went into effect, only a few people have been able to sell their credits.  I used to buy 50 credits a month at $2 each.  I do have books posted (usually over 250), but I don't get the orders to keep enough credits for the amount of books I read, so buying credits helped me order the books I wanted.  Most of the people I bought credits from were happy to sell all 50 in one go.  No folks are NOT selling as most buyers aren't willing to pay $3 per credit.....Sales of credits have tanked, a lot of people have left the site.  The whole thing has gone downhill. I can buy the books I want for less on Amazon or Ebay, so that's what I mostly do.  PBS is not listening to the members at all........Which is why members have left in droves.  There were over 4 million books posted to the site prior to the credit change, now it stays about a million.  That is a HUGE drop.  People are not posting books or ordering books.  I used to get a few WL books a month, now it's months to even get ONE if I'm lucky.  Really not happy. 

Date Posted: 3/23/2018 10:00 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2009
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The new mandatory price isn't working for me either. I have books on my shelf, but don't get requests as in the past. Thus, I'm always out of credits, but $3? Previously, I'd buy credits not to save money, but to have them to accept wishlist offers. Now I tend to decline. I know people used to sell them to recoup postage costs, and that made sense to me.  Yes, I'm missing out on books I want, but there's a nearby good UBS and the library. I used to sell credits @ $2 or so when I had too many - sometimes I'd have 200 or so, (now I'm sorry!), then I bought them at $2 to get WL books but with the decline in membership, I haven't been avid about adding to my shelf. I actually used to purchase books to post. It's now much less fun. I was given some credits when some friends left the site completely, but have used them. Without credits, there's not much point.