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Subject: I DESPERATELY need credits but how?
Date Posted: 2/14/2009 6:02 PM ET
Member Since: 12/17/2007
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I want to ask those of you who are always selling credits.... how do you get so many?  I have tried offering deals and that doesn't seem to work and to buy them is really expensive.  Is there a secret I don't know?  Any help would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

 

Tam

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 6:31 PM ET
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Tam, I seem to have the dame problem. I offer deals and am lucky to get a couple credits out of it but I figure it's because most already have or have already read the books that I have posted. Of course I have over 200 in my TBR pile and it keeps growing but that doesn't mean I'll get many of them out to others after they're posted. I think we need to have more books that are rarer that what we have. Like the fact that I have a lot of Nora Roberts, Fern Michaels and Debbie Macomber. But most already have those and don't need them. Let me know if you have any luck. I end up having to buy most of my credits too and it's getting tiresome so I think I'm just going to stop with what books are on their way to me for a while and just see if I can't move some out before ordering more, that way maybe I can save up some credits without having to purchase them. I'm just more concerned with having some on hand for WL books.

Melissa :)

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 6:39 PM ET
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I'm always stuck at 2 credits, keeping those on hand for wish list books. I'm even running a deal now, 2 for 1 with a bonus book and have had only one response so far. Like you, I think I'll try some self-control until I get a few more credits stashed away, or see if someone posts "the secret" to piling up credits! Deb

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 6:41 PM ET
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LOL.. Right on Deborah. Think we all should start trying to save on them instead of spending as soon as we get a credit in, I know I've been guilty of that so far.

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 6:54 PM ET
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I am just trying to figure out how people get 100 credits!  I can't seem to get 2 or 3 and like you, I spend them just as soon as I get them ;)  What books are most popular?  Maybe I should be looking for specific books when I go to yard sales and thrift stores.

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 6:58 PM ET
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Tammy, I have over 60 credits now and 10  more on the way. I don't get them with Harlequins and the like. Those go mostly to boxers. I have found that non fiction, such as self help and religion are wanted. Also the more expensive trade size paperbacks and hardbacks are more desireable than small paperbacks. Children's books and overly common authors like Grisham and Steele don't move too well either.



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Date Posted: 2/14/2009 7:04 PM ET
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If you keep up todate on the daily wishlist that is sent to your email addresses it will give you a better idea of what books you should look for. I actually keep the books on my shelf for a few months and what doesnt go I take to my local used book store and trade in, then i get more books to put on here. I also have my personal bookshelf full of bookIs I haven't read yet as I read them I weed out the books that I will never read again. I have also taken to buying credits on the dvd site and transferring them cause I can buy 6 credits there for $30.20 and transfer them as needed here. The transfer rate is 2 dvd credits for 3 book credits. I dont know if it is cheaper in the long run but it is for me at the times that i need to buy them. lol. But i can't seem to come up with more then mayber 9 credits (the most i've had at once) at a time. I also look forward to learning the secrets.

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 7:06 PM ET
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What daily wishlist?!?!?! Deb

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 7:13 PM ET
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I don't get a daily wish list!!!!!  How do you get a daily wish list??????

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 7:18 PM ET
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I don't get that either!

How do we get that?

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 7:25 PM ET
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I agree with Jim. I don't have as many as 60 credits at my disposal (shucks!) but I do try to hover around 20 to cover any WL'd books that might come through. My trick is to keep things moving and fresh. I have a small inventory and if something is sitting there too long I trade it for credits at my local used bookstore or donate it. I routinely find books at Goodwill (there are several in my valley) to trade here at PBS and I use my credit at used bookstores for that purpose, too. I look for newer titles in good condition in all genres. I try to keep up with what people are looking for (like checking out the most WL'd list) so that I have an idea what's popular. But I've had really good luck at my local Goodwills. I belong to another swap site where I mooch titles I wouldn't normally read so that I can trade them at stores to build credit, etc. and the cycle continues.

This method works for me. I've only had to purchase 6 credits in the 16 months I've been a member on PBS.

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 7:34 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I haven't sold any recently. But I earned around 100 credits is probably the 1st month or so.  I had a bunch of WL audio books at 2 credits each.  Plus some WL print books.  I used to live near a Half-Price Books where they would have audios for fairly cheap. I would listen to them and they were all WL or ordered really fast. But I hardly ever get a WL audio here the the credits would build up. When I first joined I would troll ebay for boxes of books and frequently found deals on a box that would have several WL books.  Of course now the deals are few and far between on ebay-though it's been a while since I've looked. I hit the library sale racks and the local thrift stores. If I find a cheap WL book-I post it and send it out. 

Also I think hanging out in the forums helps. I frequently get orders for books very common on PBS soon after I post them.  It's frequently from other forum posters.  They know I'm on alot and I'm not going to let the request time out. 

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 7:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/14/2008
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To get a Daily Wish List  to see what people have place on their wishlist you need to go to your settings and under Daily WishList. There you can choose  the genre of books you would like to see. Make sure to switch your status from OFF to ON and you should start getting an email with a link every day.

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 7:39 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Paranormal romances and erotica go pretty quickly.  I've had good luck with cozies.  Just beware of the mega authors like Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Stephen King, John Grisham etc.., Their books are usually only WL if they are new never released ones-then as soon as the book comes out they are heavily posted.  Everybook they write is produced by the millions and heavily sold and sol they become very easy to find.  They do get ordered but not fast enough to make it worth buying a whole bunch of them even if they are cheap.  Like someone else mentioned the same thing applies to the little series romances.  Most people don't want to pay a whole credit for them. They only want them in deals or BOB trades.  Occassionally and old htf one from a popular author will be WL but not many.  

Have you considered becoming a boxer?  

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 7:42 PM ET
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Wow!  I have learned alot!  Never thought of audio books since I don't listen to them myself, although as I get older, I might want to start thinking about it :)  I also didn't think of trading books for credit at the bookstore when they haven't moved on here and checking a wish list or ebay OR hanging out in the forums!  Thanks everyone!  Maybe I can improve my status enough to get the books I MUST HAVE :D

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 7:44 PM ET
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Now see.... I've been thinking the opposite.  I have been grabbing up books by popular authors thinking those would go faster and everyone would want them but what you say makes sense.  What is a boxer?

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 8:19 PM ET
Member Since: 11/22/2008
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Jim, I have to disagree...

My shelf is mostly children's books and they are moving VERY well......I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the TOP 50 lists and see that my name was on the 7 and 30 day listing.

I've been able to swap numerous books for what I can use in my current classroom.  Children's books are flowing in and out of my mailbox!!  lol

Tammy, I sent you a PM.

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 8:54 PM ET
Member Since: 10/25/2007
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To not spend as many credits, any books I don't think I will read more than once I put on my TBR. I know that is for books you have and need to read, but it's a nice way to keep track of books that sound good. Then I request the TBR books from my library and if they don't have it, they can get it from another library. The only books I put on my wishlist are one's I really want. When I offer deals I never seem to get many takers. I had a hardcover like-new book with only two copies in the system. I was having a 2 for 1 and hadn't had any takers, so I put a post in the bazaar about the hardcover and that I was having a deal. It was taken within 36 hours.

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 9:04 PM ET
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someone wrote in a post not too long ago that the deals don't seem to be as effective anymore because deals are always being offered now instead of just the occasional deals being done. most seem to want to find the best deal they can as in 3 or more for 1 credit. which i admit, it's nice to find those kinds of deals but they are being offered way too often lately, seems we've got more books going in the system that coming out of it. i do love the site tho, it really helps me seeing as how i only have 1 used book store in my town and their's is trade in 4 books and get one for your self, that's what i liked about here...you ship one out and get a credit to get one for you.

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 9:05 PM ET
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I use my credits on books I plan to keep forever :)  I have several collections but right now I am looking for the Left Behind series in both adult and kids series.  I haven't had much luck getting deals on the ones I am missing so I offered to trade or make a deal but it hasn't gone as well as I had hoped.  I can't seem to get credits which is why I made this post.  I wanted to learn the best ways to get credits so this will be much easier.  I have learned alot of good tactics!  You are the first to offer ways to conserve your credits though.  Thanks!