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Subject: Would this be considered "tacky"
Date Posted: 2/20/2010 12:58 PM ET
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I received a wish list granted and went to the member's bookshelf to look to see if they had other books I was interested in.  I found that they have three books out of a series I am collecting.  Wouldl it be tacky to PM the member and ask them if they would be willing to let me have the three books for two credits.  I'm really low on credits and don't want to spend three right now.

I know that I wouldn't consider a request like that tacky.  I would be glad to get the request since I'm willing to let my books go three for one, for the most part.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 1:12 PM ET
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I did it once. I sent a PM asking for a 2 for 1 deal. The member said yes since the books both had multiple copies in the system.

I figure the worst they can say is no. If they think it's tacky and say no, just move on and order the one book from them. You can always try to find the others in the series on another member's bookshelf who may give you a deal on them.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 1:15 PM ET
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I think it never hurts to ask.  For all you know thw person is hard up for credits and would be happy to save on postage and make a deal.  The worst that can happen is that they will say no. No harm, no foul.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 1:52 PM ET
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as long as you are polite and give them the option of a graceful refusal, and expect a refusal (as they are under no obligation to do this) then I would say try it.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 1:58 PM ET
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I don't think it is tacky, either, as long as you're polite about it.  I wouldn't mind a PM like that.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 2:02 PM ET
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It's fine to ask for a deal as long as it's one that will benefit the other member as well--three books for two credits is a good deal for both of you, so it doesn't hurt to ask.  Some people just don't do deals though, so don't be insulted if they refuse.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 2:15 PM ET
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I don't think it's tacky as long as you are


-willing to take "no" for an answer without arguing

-offering a deal that gives them a break as well.  3:2 usually saves the seller on shipping, 3:1 does not.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 2:23 PM ET
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I think it is fine when you are asking for a reasonable deal and aren't asking that the WL book be included in the deal.  What you want sounds fair and beneficial to both.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 2:55 PM ET
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I hope it's not considered tacky, because I've done it several times, asking about a three for two deal, and always had a positive response.

I think the key is to be conservative in what you're proposing. I've turned down a few deals where members asked for three for one. That's better than any deal I've offered at the bazaar in over a year. One person even had the gall to ask for a five for one deal. I pondered how to respond and finally went with a one-word answer: No. ;-)

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 3:04 PM ET
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I've done it a few times, mostly they agreed. As long as you are not demanding it should not be a big issue.
I do not see a problem since you will be saving them on shipping costs.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 3:27 PM ET
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Ok, it looks like the consensus is that it's an ok thing to do.  I'll give it a try and see what they say.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 3:56 PM ET
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It wouldn't bother me unless you wanted the WL book as part of the deal or asked for the others to be 3 for 1.  I would like the chance to save some postage and including a non-WL freebie would still be a good deal to the sender. 

Some people do get really offended when ask for deals though-especially if they don't come on the forums very often and see that they are done regularly.  Others are die-hard 1 book = 1 credit and won't do a deal even on books that have 400 copies in the system. They'd rather hang onto it. So don't take it personally if they say no.  (unless of coures they are super rude when they say no).

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 5:19 PM ET
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I've done it a few times, mostly they agreed. As long as you are not demanding it should not be a big issue.
I do not see a problem since you will be saving them on shipping costs.  I also always offer to give them the same deal from my shelf.

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Date Posted: 2/20/2010 5:24 PM ET
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Go for it Kate.   I've done it many times.  Personally  I dont ask for a specific deal at first, I just ask if they ever consider a deal and see what they say from there. 

As Mary said many members are not familiar with or interested in deals so I've had a few negatives but a majority have been happy that I asked.


Date Posted: 2/20/2010 5:42 PM ET
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 2 credits for 3 books is a vary fair deal when you take into account the shipping savings. I always point out that it will save them on shipping since they can combine the books into one mailing. It never hurts to ask. Good Luck!

Date Posted: 2/22/2010 8:35 PM ET
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I have asked and have received many yes's and a few no's.   I have been asked and gave some yes's and some no's.  The no's where when someone asked for a seemingly unreasonable deal.  When I first joined the first person asked me for 5 books for 1 credit.  My books were pristine at that time and I felt worth more than that. 

Date Posted: 2/22/2010 9:02 PM ET
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Not a problem especially as someone else said, you are not including the WL book as part of the deal, and are not asking for an exceptionally high deal. A 3/2 is very moderate, and gives you both a break. Since they are sending out to you anyway, the extra books really do them a great deal of good, and saving one credit may not be much, but every credit counts :)

ETA: You might first look to see if they have a profile, if so, see if they've done any posting. If not, they may not understand what a deal is, and whether it is legal in the PBS rules. I always explain some examples, and always send them to the Book Bazaar to read the red sticky at the beginning of the forum that explains the rules on deals. This helps them to know that it is not some sort of scam being tried on them.

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Date Posted: 2/22/2010 9:28 PM ET
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As long as they don't have a note on their bookshelf at the top (in the blue box thing) saying they don't do deals, it doesn't hurt to ask. I don't do deals and I do specify it on my bookshelf, so I get a little irritated when people ask for deals in spite of that.

As Sherry said, I would peruse their profile if they have one or see they've posted at all in the forums...you might hit on a brand new person who has no idea what a "deal" is and they might report you, thinking you're trying to scam them!


Date Posted: 2/24/2010 12:37 PM ET
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I like it when members request deals from me. I would rather send out multiple books at a time and save on postage.

Date Posted: 2/24/2010 7:35 PM ET
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