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Date Posted: 5/20/2009 7:34 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/20/2009 7:45 PM ET
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I just mail them off as the orders come in.  Most of the books that I mail are paperbacks and I have a scale so I just make sure they weigh less than 13 ounces and pop them in the mailbox.  I'm no help.

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 8:43 PM ET
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I usually try to go only once a week. If I have a lot of orders then I'll break it up into 2.  If I have 1 book then I usually buy PBS postage if it's over 13oz or just stick stamps on a smaller one and put it in the mail box.  I have some $1 and various denomination stamps at home.

Other times if I know I'm going to have game books to mail, WL books that I'm going to post or that are sitting there timing out on multiple requestors: if a book request comes in I might let it sit for a few days until the WL book gets accepted or I finish reading the game book. 

When I have a book on WL hold-I check out their WL and see if I have anything else in my TBR that I can post to them.  Then I PM them to make sure they still want it and have a credit.  95% of the time they do and then I read it during the 5 day mail by deadlne for the 1st book.  Then I can mail 2 books to one person at one time-saving postage and making my trip to the PO more worthwhile.  I'll do this if someone orders off my shelf as well. 

It's perfectly all right to let a request sit for a few days if you want to wait for other requests to come in and mail together. So if you go to the post office and then a book request comes in: don't accept it for a few days, then choose the last mail by date. Hopefully another request will come in by then. 


Date Posted: 5/20/2009 9:33 PM ET
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You can also post a deal/promote your shelf in each individual forum's (ie. Paranormal, Mystery etc) red sticky thread "Book deals, Offers and Promotions", and/or post whatever (ie. deals, unpostables) in your signature area. Good Luck!

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 10:25 PM ET
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There ya go...I helped you out.  You had a book on your bookshelf that has been on my RL for a while, so I ordered it from you. How easy was that?  Welcome to our addiction!

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Date Posted: 5/20/2009 11:21 PM ET
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There must be a magic potion that would make this happen, but I haven't discovered it yet. That's why I just use PBS postage and drop books in the blue box in front of my work. I can only get to the PO one day a week, and invariably when I used to haul a dozen books to send, I'd get home to mark them mailed and there'd be another order waiting. Or I'd read a couple of wishlisted books and post them, thinking I'd have an order within a couple of days...WRONG! Those are the ones that would end up cycling through 2 or 3 or 4 people before they got accepted, and the order would come in a couple days after I made my weekly PO run...and of course it would be for a hardcover or be a multi-book order, so I'd have to go back to the PO again. Pfffffffft!

I gave up on trying to plan--I no longer give wishlisted books preferential treatment when deciding what to read, and I just use the PBS printable postage so I can mail anytime.


Date Posted: 5/21/2009 1:18 AM ET
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Posting reviews in the threads for what we are reading now.  I'll often go looking for the books mentioned.  Also posting reviews so they show up on the browse page.  Not that I do this.  Just that I do browse there.

I'm just really glad that there is a branch of the PO near several of the library branches.  And I just found out that one of the PO machines is in a lobby that is open 24 hours.  Right next to the 24 hour grocery store.  No more lines!

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 1:52 AM ET
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Olivia, you might want to think about putting a blue header on you bookshelf that lets people know you will do a deal - 2 for 1 pb or buy one HC get a  pb free or some other combination that you like.  I like 3 books for 2 credits or 5 books for 3 credits - and change it up every so often.  It helps people to see that info when they look at your shelf.