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Subject: erggg...why do people do this? (vent)
Date Posted: 8/1/2007 12:50 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2007
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Thanks!

 



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Date Posted: 8/1/2007 1:07 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/1/2007 1:16 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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I am concerned that this member might try to open another account to get another three free credits. I'd report this incident to R&R. Be sure to copy the PM you received.

Date Posted: 8/1/2007 1:18 PM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2006
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I second Jane's suggestion.

Date Posted: 8/1/2007 1:31 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2007
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Thanks!



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Date Posted: 8/1/2007 2:09 PM ET
Member Since: 2/11/2007
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Not a bad idea for the site operators to check whether this happens. If so, more than just occasionally, perhaps it should be "we'll match your first three sent books [successfully received]" or "we'll give you 4 credits for your first completed [outgoing] transaction" etc.?

 

 

Date Posted: 8/1/2007 2:25 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2005
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Well, if they closed their account down two days after they joined...they probably didn't have any books sent to them.  It generally takes more than two days for the book to be accepted, printed and mailed.  (just trying to think positively).  Maybe they closed their account because they didn't want to wait and wishlist the books they wanted....

 

jackie

Date Posted: 8/1/2007 2:59 PM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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Or maybe they just joined and had second thoughts and backed out.   I do understand your frustration and I would tend to vent about it too.  lol   But you just never know what might have happened in a person's life. 

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 12:38 AM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2007
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Could someone please explain the original post?

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 12:40 AM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2005
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Im confuzzled.

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 12:46 AM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2006
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lol Someone signed up posted 9 books. Ordered their 3 free books.  Someone had requested a book from them, I believe, and rejected them.  Then they cancelled their account after getting their 3 free.

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 4:05 AM ET
Member Since: 8/12/2007
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I just joined this past week.  I'm excited at the idea of a book exchange!  But I'm frustrated...no one seems interested in my posted books.  I did get my three credits, and have 'spent' two.  Now that I realized I can BUY credits, I'm probably going to request more books.  But this whole system seems pretty slow to me.  I'm hanging in, mostly because I got the three 'free' credits, and now I feel obligated to the system....or at least I have an incentive to get into it and spend some time to see how it works.  But without the first credits, I'd probably bail.  There's just no action on my account, even tho I've tried to post attractive books.

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 6:14 AM ET
Member Since: 2/16/2007
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New books move faster than old books.  I find that self help books move even faster.  I just don't have the room to store books that don't move so I leave them up for a few weeks and then take them to the library.  You may have to start out buying credits but its still cheaper than buying a book at the bookstore.  Hang in there. 

To receive some books does seem to take forever because the wish list is so long, but its either be patient or splurge on the book.  Sometimes I just can't wait any longer but I have discovered new authors -sometimes it's worth the wait. 

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 7:20 AM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2006
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Welcome to PBS Marquerite.  Yes the 3 free credits start the addiction ;-).  There are several ways to get your inventory hopping.  You could post in the Book Bazaar forum letting them know you are new and to please take a look at your inventory.  Increase the size of your inventory.  Alot of members don't just rely on books they personaly purchased new.  They find books at garage sales, thrift stores, and Friends Of Library(FOL) sales.  They are good sources for used books.  Just make sure the books meet the PBS posting guidelines.  You could offer a "deal" on your shelf.  You would go to the Book Bazaar and post a topic saying you are offering a deal.  Common deals include 2 for 1 credit, 3 books for 2 credits, 5 books for 3 credits, etc.  There is no set requirement when offerring a deal.  You could also click on Top 50 under the Community tab above.  Look at the Wishes tab on that page and you will see the top 50 books wanted.  When you go out garage saling or thrift store shopping, you can look for those and pretty much be assured someone will take it from you.

I am sure others can suggest more ways to get the orders flowing, but those might give you a good start.

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 9:44 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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Margurite, you have some good books on your bookshelf, just give it time.  I know I received a boatload of books from my parents and some went faster than I thought.  just be on the lookout as someone else said for a garage sale books (but stay away from authors like Grisham because there are a ton of his books here).  printing out the top 50 wish list is a good idea, although I would love to see it go through 100 and figure out what may be wishlisted but not a new book.

give it time, I know it took awhile for things to move off of my shelf.  I have 29 on my TBR list and many are wishlisted....just need to find the time to read them!

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 10:25 AM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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I am new also.  I generated interest in my bookshelf by putting specials such as 2/1 or even better deals on multiple books by the same author.  For instance, my last "sell" was a 3/1 on Iris Johansen thrillers.  The shipping costs for multiple books are so low.  One book would have been $2.13, so essentially the other books were almost free since it was $2.47 for the three together.  Also, you check with folks in your family to see if there are any books they want to get rid of.  My husband cleaned out his shelf and about half of my credits came from his books.  PBS offers good advice to not spend those precious 3 credits right away, but I used them the same night I joined and then watched my account like a hawk waiting for the first "real" credit.  Welcome and good luck!

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 8:17 PM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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If my husband would give up some of his books, I'd have so many more credits!  He never wants to get rid of a book after he's read it though...it's just his philosophy on reading.

Date Posted: 8/17/2007 8:56 AM ET
Member Since: 5/15/2007
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Marguerite,

I felt the same way when I first joined.  Try to post more books, even if you think they are totally uninteresting.  That's what I did and many of those books have been ordered.  You just don't know what someone else will find attractive!   And I found that people are pretty good about browsing your bookshelf after they order one book, to see if there is anything else you have they might like.  That way you get to bypass the FIFO rule, so it doesn't matter how many copies of that book are already in the system. 

Hang in there.  It picks up and it's really fun (and addictive).

 

Date Posted: 8/17/2007 9:11 AM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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Tammy, I feel your pain. My DH is exactly the same way. When he gave up Children of Hurin recently, I darned near passed out.