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Subject: Disregard
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 12:21 AM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2009
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I didn't know it was against policy, and I've tried to delete the ad. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Last Edited on: 10/21/09 2:44 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 12:30 AM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2007
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Not allowed (  copied  from the help center)


Can I offer/ask more credits (more than PBS 'price') for a book?


  • A bound book "costs" 1 credit at PBS (no exceptions)

  • An audiobook "costs" 2 credits at PBS 

    • some "children's-length" audiocassette items cost 1 credit each

Offering to "pay" (or asking a requestor to "pay"--see below) more than "PBS price" for a book is not permitted. 


  • If the book is Wishlisted, offering more than the PBS "price" for the book may allow members to leapfrog over others in the Wish List for the book. This obviously is not fair.
  • Even if the book is not Wish Listed, a "free market" system could lead to "bidding" for a book, and auctions are NOT permitted on PBS.
  • One reason is that auctions are subject to state laws, and as PBS members belong to various states, this could be illegal.
  • The other reason is that we want all members to have a fair chance to get books on PBS.  Pitting those who have lots of credits to spare against those who don't have a lot of credits at the time goes against the very spirit of PBS--the fair sharing of books. Everybody equal.

Asking for more than "PBS price" for a book is considered bookselling

  • Bookselling is not permitted at PBS
  • If you feel that your book is too valuable (or too costly to ship) to be swapped for "PBS price", you should not Post it here.
  • If this is a matter of postage cost (your book is heavy), remember that you can also request a "heavy" book with the credit you get for sending yours--so it all evens out.


Last Edited on: 10/21/09 12:59 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 1:10 AM ET
Member Since: 3/13/2007
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also, the price of shipping for the book would be $2.77 max media mail (plus a bit more if you get DC). It's still cheaper than buying 1 credit from kiosk which costs $3.45

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 1:36 AM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2008
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hmm, I don't know about that one. I would just go to you local used book store and sell it there if it's that big of a deal.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 2:20 AM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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Shipping on that book is not the price of 2 credits. 

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 2:25 AM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2005
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pssssst ...you can't do that it is against the club rules