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Subject: Charging Postage?
Date Posted: 12/10/2012 12:06 PM ET
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I asked somebody about doing a deal and they asked me to pay the postage, no credits. Can you ask for money? Tried looking in the help docs but I am on my tablet and can't find anything. Thanks in advance for your help.

Date Posted: 12/10/2012 12:38 PM ET
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Nope, that is absolutely against the rules.  This might be helpful.

Date Posted: 12/10/2012 5:46 PM ET
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No, you can't ask for money. There's a help doc about this if you use the search term "sell." 

However, usually credits are used to cover postage, approximately. It's okay to say "I would like XX credits to send <a number equal to or greater than xx> books; this would cover the cost of postage." 

There's another book swap website that works on the recipient-pays-postage, no credits model. PM me if you would like details. 

 

Date Posted: 12/10/2012 6:21 PM ET
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Thanks ladies! I thought it was not allowed but couldn't find it. I has asked about 4 of the little love inspired booksbthat most people do 4 for one credit and she said $5.  I will just message her and try to explain.

Date Posted: 12/10/2012 10:04 PM ET
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those should still cost less than $3 to mail so one credit sounds fair to me!
Date Posted: 12/10/2012 10:45 PM ET
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That is what I figured.  I wrote her to explain so I will have to wait and see. 

Date Posted: 12/10/2012 10:57 PM ET
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PBS is also quite strict that we need to either go through PBS with an order or be a Boxer.  Part of this is that it protects us, by setting up a way to record problems.   We can add free books to an order.  But we cannot skip the order part of it.

Date Posted: 12/11/2012 9:15 AM ET
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Book poster might be tight on funds due to holiday season or economy and was just trying to find a way not to have to pay the postage her/himself.  Still doesn't make it right.

Date Posted: 12/11/2012 11:26 PM ET
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PBS has allowed a member to offer books for free with the requesters sending her prepaid/stamped self-addressed envelopes before. That was not considered the same as asking for money. Asking you for $5 is selling you books and strictly prohibited, doesn't matter that she calls it postage money.