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Subject: Dry spell
Date Posted: 6/6/2010 9:25 PM ET
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I normally get several requests for books over two to three weeks, but for some reason I am dead as far a PBS is concerned...what  would the problem be?

Has anyone else experienced a similar dry spell. Thanks, Ann Willman

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 10:47 PM ET
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It's been raining WL books just this past week  ... I've been offered six just in the past 3 days!

I mailed 7 books out a couple of days ago (but only 3 of those were regular FIFO orders, the rest were WL books I posted).

I'm trying to read mostly WL books for posting right now ... but I am still getting FIFO orders every week, too.

I just hope it lasts! I've noticed other times where things seem to be much slower ... but I was just thinking to myself yesterday that a lot of people must be either posting their vacation reading or ordering it.

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 10:55 PM ET
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I find that it goes in cycles.  But you've been here since 2006 so I'm surprised that you haven't had dry spells before.  I don't have much on my bookshelf because I do mostly WL books as well.  Although the last 2 WL books were declined or timed out and became un-WL books.  It seem that that happens whenever I finish and post a book that has only 1 or 2 on the WL. 

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 11:28 PM ET
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I didn't having any outgoing on incoming orders for the last 5-6 months of last year. It happens. I have had tons of activity since then, so it definitely is something that can vary.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 12:14 AM ET
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Hang in there.  I just received 2 requests I didn't think would ever be requested.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 7:47 AM ET
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In taking a quick look at your bookshelf-what you have left on there is mostly books that just don't move that quickly.  Nothing wrong with them,  in fact I've read many of them. But they aren't ones that fly off the shelf quickly because they're easy to find in thrift stores.   If you are tired of looking at them or need credits you could try running a deal.  Or look into becoming a boxer and trading them out for books you haven't read yet.  I usually just let those kind of books build up, then I rejoin Box of Books (which helps support PBS), trade out all my already read book and then put BOB on hold until I build up my shelf again. 

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 10:44 AM ET
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i ditto Mary.  I also looked at your shelf and was going to suggest you go to BB and offer a deal.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 2:49 PM ET
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I also find much less activity on PBS than I used to have, and I have 91 books listed, a pretty good variety.

Also I have two girls at work, which are members as well and they have reported very low activity. One girl has not had any requests in 4 months.

Still it is better than SWAP A CD, nothing ever happens there at all.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 4:00 PM ET
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PBS is always "streaky" for me--lots of activity followed by days/weeks of relative deadness. I read quite a few wishlisted books so I've always got something going out, even if my shelf itself sits for awhile without much in the way of requests. I looked at your shelf, but most of those are not my genres and I'm not familiar with them, best guess would be they are a lot of books that have many copies in the system or don't get requested too often.

If you have credits to last, just wait out the slow times. If you need credits, you can either buy them from the Kiosk or from folks selling them at discount in the BB forum or as others suggest, offer deals if you want, or you can pick up books that are wishlisted or that move quicker from thrift shops or library sales to offer up until your existing books start to get chosen again.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 6/7/2010 4:04 PM ET
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Adding new books (especially WL'd books) to your Bookshelf is a good way to spark interest in the old books on your Bookshelf.  Often, when a member is ordering a newly posted book and they click on the Order More Books From Member button, they may add a title to their current order from your listed books.  Those older Bookshelf books would never have been brought to their attention if the new books hadn't been posted...

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 4:57 PM ET
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Sineaka,  that tip did not work for me.  I post a lot of wishlisted books and only once did someone pick up a book that had been on my shelf for a long time.

Sometimes I will pass on books that haven't moved to 'Operation Paperback' to support the deployed troops, but lately there have not been any matches either.

Since I have 10 plus years to get rid of my bookshelf, I just learned to wait out these dry spells.  Summers I am busy with other projects anyways and don't get to read as much as I do in winter.

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Date Posted: 6/7/2010 5:40 PM ET
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It doesn't always work, that is true.  Nothing is foolproof.  But anything that gets people to look at your bookshelf increases the chances of you picking up an order for other books on your shelf.  I have a lot of books on my shelf that are not fast movers, and I will periodically add books to my shelf to entice people to come look.  It often works.  Not always, but sometimes.  And those sometimes help!

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 6:33 PM ET
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I always check out the sender's bookshelf when I'm ordering a book.  Do you think that most people do that as well or do they not bother?

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 6:47 PM ET
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I don't check out bookshelves when ording books, I order only WL books and don't want to add anything to my TBR pile that is already off the WL because then it will be around forever.  I have enough non-WL books to last me quite awhile so, I only order WL.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 6:50 PM ET
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I typically do not bother checking out "order more from member"--unless the wishlisted book is a more obscure one that has been there a long time and rarely posted. Then I might take a peek to see if they have anything else that interests me. But otherwise...nah. I have almost 700 books on my TBR here, so I mostly let my wishlist do the shopping for me now. I have had it happen several times though where people got a wishlisted book and ordered another off my shelf. I know some people do routinely look.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 7:15 PM ET
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I do check out the other books on someone's shelf when ordering a book.  But, it's not all that often they have an additional book I'm interested in enough to order.  I've added an additional book to an order probably only two or three times.  On the other side of the coin I've had others add books to orders here and there, but unless I've sending out books I offered someone in a deal I'm  usually only sending one book at a time.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 7:16 PM ET
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I find that summer is slower for me than the colder months, less folks stuck indoors reading.

Subject: Dry Spell
Date Posted: 6/7/2010 7:20 PM ET
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I get about 3-4 requests a month. Not setting the world on fire. I will post books that I am probably not going to get around to reading anytime soom if I hit a dry spell \ and my credit supply goes WAY down.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 7:58 PM ET
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I almost always check out the other person's bookshelf.  I will order something if it's something that isn't heavily posted that's on my RL. 

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 9:01 PM ET
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Anna,

I had dry spells as well... One or two books a week (if that)...posted some WL books... did get some old books moved that way as well...I was just about to unpost almost all of them and donate to charity.. but then I decided to just go for it and post a 4 for 1 in the BB and good golly miss molly... Karma must have shined on me .....I unloaded over 40 books today... I don't want to  think of the PO bill tomorrow, but hey... at least the books are now wanted!!! So... take the advice of the previous posts... Offer a deal in the bazaar...one never knows!!wink

Subject: Dry spell
Date Posted: 6/8/2010 9:15 PM ET
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Subject: dry spell
Date Posted: 6/8/2010 9:17 PM ET
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To all those who replied,,,thank you, thank you, your advice is helpful and I have gotten several requests.  Thanks, Ann W