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Subject: buying from yard sales, etc. for WL books
Date Posted: 10/30/2007 3:53 PM ET
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I've noticed some folks talking about shopping yard sales, library sales, etc. for WL books to post.  Great idea, but how in the world do you remember what people are looking for?


Date Posted: 10/30/2007 3:58 PM ET
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There's a list you can print off (Up at the top under "Community" ).  I tend to just pick up ones that I know are popular.

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 4:18 PM ET
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You get a feel for it after a while, especially if you take part in some swaps.  I always look for certain authors, cozies, unusual non-fiction, anything with "chick-lit" looking cover art, paranormal, etc.  I also browse the "I'm Looking For" thread in the Book Bazaar forum.

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Date Posted: 10/30/2007 4:40 PM ET
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         I tend to browse the Top 50 list, as well as checking out people's signatures or their WL's if it's a slow day :)   You get a feel for what's popular after a while.  I've also gone into the forums and just asked what books people like the most and you'll get  tons of answers!   The books I find go the quickest or are WL books are anything: crafty - sewing,quilting,scrapbooking, soapmaking.  Paranormals, erotica (but not porn), and best sellers, but nothing by John Grisham, there are thousands of his books in the system :)    Anything for self help,  autism, and weight management or diabetes.  Even if you post them and they aren't WL at  the time, someone will grab them up!


Date Posted: 10/30/2007 4:48 PM ET
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I second the crafty suggestion - every single time I buy a craft related book, even if it is not wishlisted when I buy it, it gets requested within 24 hours.  I don't know why, I don't know how, but all I know is people are crazy for crafting books!  I tend to stick to craft books that look newer (published within the last few years), so I am not sure how older ones would go.

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 6:55 PM ET
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If you go to "My account", then "settings", then "daily wish list", you can choose the genres that you would like to see.  Every day  you will be sent an email showing the books wishlisted in those genres for the day.  Gives you an idea of what people are asking for.    Also gives you ideas for your own wishlist.  I tend to pick up the trade paperbacks rather than the mass market ones too, maybe they are newer.

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Date Posted: 10/30/2007 7:00 PM ET
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Well I usually only buy books that I'm interested in reading first.  Mostly because I don't do yard sales often.  We don't have that many around here.  I do go to the used book store but they aren't as cheap as yard sales.  I just do a search for WL books in the genres I like and take a list with me. I've learned to also note the last 4 of the ISBN#.  So just do a search and make a list of some books/authors to keep an eye out for when you're out.

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 7:39 PM ET
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Thanks for all the great ideas!



Date Posted: 10/31/2007 12:03 AM ET
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You guys are way too organized for me, I just pick up what looks good to me, read it, then post it:)

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 10/31/2007 3:07 AM ET
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You don't necessarily.  After a while you just get good at spotting what I call "goodies".  I'm not listing books now but used to buy and list 20-30 or so every 1-2 weeks, and usually had about a 40% WL hit rate, on average.

Date Posted: 10/31/2007 8:03 AM ET
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You just know after a while...

I steer clear of popular mass marker paperbacks - there's usually hundreds in the system. I'll grab newer trade paperbacks and craft books. Sometimes I read them first, sometimes I don't.


Date Posted: 10/31/2007 8:52 AM ET
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I never thought about getting craft books!

I love getting children's books - if they're in really good condition, I snatch them up.  Even if they aren't wishlisted, they hardly take up any space AND when you mail them, you can send first class because they are so light!

And I play in the swaps, so I have a good idea for the most part what people are looking for.

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 6:39 PM ET
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I keep and eye out for HB books in really good shape.  Just a couple weeks ago I found a copy of "Good in Bed" By Jennifer Weiner. I know that is a WL book...or that author is any way.......

Up dated to say....I guessed wrong.  It is just sitting on my bookshelf. Anyone interested??????

Update....part two...it got requested!!

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Date Posted: 11/1/2007 10:36 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/2/2007 6:14 AM ET
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Terri, I know what you mean!  I have hundreds of my own books I haven't read.   I've been putting them onto my to-be-read list and watching to see which ones are on people's wish lists.  Those are going to the top of my stack to read.

But I'm a true addict so I'm always looking for more to collect and add to the piles and always trying to get more credits, just in case MY wish-listed books show up!

Thanks to the suggestions from you guys, I've had a good week picking up things from our library discard carts.  I've bought some books that wiill probably sit on my shelf a long time, because there are so many already posted.  But I've also bought some that are flying right back out the door.  At ten to twenty-five cents each, I just figure I'm buying myself some cheap credits.

Thanks again for the suggestions and happy shopping to everyone!


Date Posted: 11/2/2007 7:19 AM ET
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I went to my local FOL sale yesterday and picked up 40 books. Only four of them were for my own TBR--the rest were just to list here at PBS. 16 of them ended up being wishlisted, several others only have a couple in the system and will go very quickly, and I was 'way off' with a couple others that had dozens--one had hundreds!--in the system already. A pretty good mix, and I just went on instinct, didn't have any lists or anything. I do this twice a year to boost up my flagging bookshelf, and usually pick up somewhere between 20-50 books.

There was one I threw away after I got home--it was so crowded and hectic that there isn't much opportunity to check book quality, and this one, when I was inspecting it after I got home, had a section in the middle with the pages falling out and some were already missing! Two more will go on my "damaged books--free with another order" list due to minor flaws, but that I don't feel comfortable posting.Yesterday I spent $23 for those 40 books, and I feel like I made out like a bandit! A lot of these are donations from readers, so there were some like-new books in there! I'll probably go back again later this morning for a more leisurely browse and maybe even Saturday afternoon when they have their "$3 for all you can fit in a bag" sale.


Date Posted: 11/2/2007 9:39 AM ET
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Way to go, Cheryl!  Sounds like you had a great day.  I wish our library had FOL sales but they do keep a cart with library discards and patron donations.  I was browsing those regularly for myself but now I'm looking for books to post too.


Date Posted: 11/2/2007 10:17 AM ET
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I went to a FOL sale last night and scored big-time on audio books and a couple Terry Pratchett that I had already read - they were both requested already!  I also got another copy of a book I just shipped out on Monday because I knew it was WL'd.  When I asked if they were going to do a bag sale on Sunday, I got a non-commital, "Oh, I'm not sure - they didn't tell me."  Which probably means that they are and just don't want to advertise it, so I'll head back up there then to get some some books!

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 12:14 PM ET
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Audiobooks seem to go pretty quickly even if they aren't WL.  Mine have all gone fairly quick anyway.  I think more and more people are preferring CD's over cassettes though.

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 12:39 PM ET
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Here's what I'd like to see:

PBS lets you download a text file with the top 2,000 wishlisted book ISBNs, with no dashes or spaces, sorted in order.  You print this list in relatively small font, four columns per page.  You take these five or so pages with you to garage sales, and for any book that you suspect might be WL'd you check your list. 

It may sound obsessive, but think how nice it would be to have a 100% hit rate on buying wish listed books, and how many happy wish listers you'd have.

Should be easy to generate that list and make it available.


Date Posted: 11/2/2007 8:35 PM ET
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Wow, Al.  I got excited when I read that the first time!  Then I realized you said that's what you'd like to see....

Sounds like a great idea to me.


Date Posted: 11/2/2007 10:21 PM ET
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Al:   maybe you could send your suggestion of what you'd like to see to R & R----as if they don't have enough to do already!  I'd like to have such a list, too.

Date Posted: 11/3/2007 8:26 PM ET
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