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Subject: I am Canadian
Date Posted: 6/5/2010 3:32 PM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2010
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I was pretty sure that a Canadian person I met online told me that PBS was open to Canadians, but now I see that's wrong.  I have listed some books, four of which have been requested.


How do I email the people who have requested the books to tell them they won't be coming, and also how do I delete my account? 


TIA for this information.  (And I truly wish this club were available to Canadians.)



Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 6/5/2010 3:40 PM ET
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bookmooch allows canadian members.

Hit the cancel button on each of your books on the my account page and put the books on your bookshelf on hold.

Not sure how to delete your account. maybe use the Contact PBS link at the bottom of the page and ask them to.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 3:40 PM ET
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I would just go ahead and PM the people (should see a button that says PM on it) and tell them what happened. Then cancel the transactions as long you weren't offering a deal (like two books for one credit in the Book Bazaar). If they were single transactions then you're fine. Just cancel them after giving an explanation.

Then remove your books from the shelf -- go into your bookshelf, check the books in the box and hit delete. As for canceling your entire account, that I'm not sure but I do know it's in the help docs under the help center tab.

I'm surprised they had accommodations for Canadian addresses ... I mean you had to put "Canada" in for country and the postal codes are letters/numbers and equal 6 not 5 like US zip codes! lol Go figure.

As a Canadian myself (well, dual) I wish Canadians could be on here too. There are a LOT of Canadian authors I'd love to get my hands on that you can't get down here. cheeky

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 3:44 PM ET
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At present, we are a US-only club.

  • PBS members must be able to receive mail at an address served by USPS.
  • The PaperBackSwap system uses Media Mail postal rates provided by the USPS.
  • Media Mail rates are good for:
    • all 50 US states
    • US territories and commonwealths (American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands; Washington, D.C., the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico),
    • APO/FPO addresses
    • If you live in any of these areas, you can belong to PBS. 

We've had requests for international membership from all around the world.

  • Eventually, we hope to expand.
  • We have had a LOT of requests from Canada!
    • We have been working on shipping issues regarding the Canadian postal system. Until we work these out, we will not be able to trade across borders with our system.


How do I cancel or suspend my membership?

A simple message to us with the request to close the account is all that is needed.

  • There is no minimum number of swaps necessary before an account can be closed.
  • You can easily suspend your account temporarily by putting your bookshelf on hold.
    • This will not put club emails on hold
    • This will not affect ongoing (already active) transactions 
    • This will not affect Box-O-Books; Box-O-Books needs to be paused separately.

The reason a member cannot close his or her account automatically is because we have to check for outstanding requests. It would be unfair to other members to leave items incomplete. Once a member requests cancellation, we close the account and handle outstanding items.

If you close your account and wish to have it reopened later, just send us another message.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 4:03 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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The PaperBackSwap system uses Media Mail postal rates provided by the USPS.

I pulled this from the help docs posted above.  

Anyhow, this in and of itself is not the reason that PBS is only open to US residents. This statement only applies if you use PBS postage (printed from the site), which most actually do not. Those that send via the post office, PayPal or what have you, can send books in what ever manner they choose, first class, priority, media, parcel post ... 

Postal rates are the big issue. That and setting up some sort of system to print up a customs slip, I would guess. 

Gosh, I remember when airmail existed .... lol! That's how we sent all our stuff to Ontario and Quebec. Surface mail was ridiculously slow! 

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Date Posted: 6/5/2010 7:19 PM ET
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I don't think you can cancel wish listed books until after they are accepted.  Then there is an option to cancel. 

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 8:13 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Isn't postage to and within Canada really expensive?  That might be the problem.  Bookmooch does have international but you pay extra to mooch from international to cover the extra postage. 

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 8:26 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/5/2010 8:42 PM ET
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The only way a Canadian could use the site is if they live near the border and maintain a US PO box in a US city.  I have a friend that does that and she gets over once a week or so to check her mail.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 9:43 PM ET
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With the quick signup, all someone has to do is enter their full name, email address and create a password to become a member. They dont have to add their address until later in the process now.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 10:16 PM ET
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I might go back to the eye candy.  But I was just in the mood for something bright and colorful for a bit. 

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 10:45 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2009
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