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Subject: Do the childrens/teens books move?
Date Posted: 4/8/2010 12:17 PM ET
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I am thinking about posting some of my daughters books, so she can order some more.  But she likes to keep the ones she enjoys - so I will see if I can talk her into letting some go.  I see really current childrens books on the wish list but don't see much movement of other stuff.  Do you think they will "pick up" in the summer when more kids are home?

Date Posted: 4/8/2010 1:48 PM ET
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Personally I have not had a lot of luck moving childrens books unless they were wishlisted or I ran a 2 for 1 deal on them.  Teen/young adult books move much better but it can take a few months.  I no longer list those types of books on this website. I do tend to order a lot of childrens books, though.

Date Posted: 4/8/2010 2:21 PM ET
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The current popular YA books tend to be WL. But younger kids books usually only move on a deal in my experience. They're usually small enought to send as 2 or 3 for 1 credit and not cost much extra.  I have managed to move a few of those hardcover Illustrated Classics books.  And some books that are on homeschooling reading lists.  But books like Boxcar Children, Babysitter's Club don't tend to move fast. 

Subject: Upswing in kid book requests
Date Posted: 4/8/2010 3:11 PM ET
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In the past few months I have had more requests for the few kids' books on my small bookshelf (only 30-40 listed at ths time cause I'm in midst of a move and most books are packed in boxes in storage).  I see books in a series and classics or award winning children's books going off my shelf, but not necessarily popular ones. 

Date Posted: 4/8/2010 3:14 PM ET
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I too have seen more movement lately, especially on teens. I do run deals occasionally though...I love kids that read, and as they are usually thinner, I can mail several for the price of an adult book and I like to do so...and help the parent out so as to not use a credit for such a thin book! If their kids are like I was...an afternoon and it's gone! :-)

Date Posted: 4/8/2010 3:30 PM ET
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It really depends on the books.  I list almost exlusively children/teen books, and have not had a problem moving most of them.  Series that are really popular like Babysitters Club, Boxcar Children, Animorphs, etc. are going to move a lot slower because there are more copies in the system.  The same way John Grisham and Nora Roberts books also move slowly.  I find it also depends on the age of the books.  Books that are just a few years old tend to be requested a lot faster than tried and true classics that have been out for while.

Date Posted: 4/8/2010 4:59 PM ET
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The newer Young Adult books I've posted fly on out pretty quickly but the older ones sometimes linger for awhile.  And I haven't had too much luck with children's books.

Date Posted: 4/8/2010 5:39 PM ET
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I had several Magic Treehouse books when I joined that my daughter had outgrown and those all moved fast.  Mine were all hardcovers so I don't know if that made a difference.  The Disney Fairy books used to move really quickly as well but I don't know if that's changed.  My daughter is a Tween now and everything she reads now has been WL. 

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Date Posted: 4/8/2010 9:42 PM ET
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Only significantly in multi-credit deals.

I had the Baby Sitters Club and Nancy Drew Files and I made deals to mail out all the books I had to one person. The deal was about 3-5 books per credit but due to the number of credits involved vs. the postage savings, it was worth it.

I've also offered 6 for 2 or 10 for 3 credit deals occasionally that people have taken me up on. I've moved books that way.

Please keep in mind that these are older books from my childhood, so my primary objective is getting them into the hands of new happy readers.  Your daughter might not wish to trade for less than 1 to 1.

Date Posted: 4/8/2010 10:46 PM ET
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Strangely, I posted a handful of "Little Miss" books a few months ago. These were all very thin paperbacks that sell for $3.99 brand new.

I was certain I was going to have to run a deal to make them move, but they were all requested from me within hours of posting - all by different members.

Mine happened to be brand new and never even read, so I suppose the members did 'ok' spending a credit each on them, but it sure surprised me.

So you never really know...

Date Posted: 4/9/2010 10:44 AM ET
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I've had very good luck with people requesting children's books.  The Geronimo Stilton books, in particular went fast.  I have sent out a number of Magic Treehouse books too, although those were on my bookshelf longer while they worked their way up the FIFO.