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Subject: Ethical Dilemma
Date Posted: 10/8/2007 9:16 PM ET
Member Since: 9/25/2007
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I am an new member.  I currently posted a 2 for 1 offer on my entire bookshelf in the Book Bazaar.   If someone orders a book and PMs me for a freebie, I send them both, obviously. 


But what about someone who stumbles on my bookshelf and orders a book.  am I required to offer them a free book? 

this hasn't happened yet, but I'm wondering if it did happen, how others deal that that situation. 


BTW,  I'm offering 2 for 1 on my entire bookshelf ;)


Date Posted: 10/8/2007 9:26 PM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2007
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Hi Nicole! It's really up to you if you want to tell someone that randomly orders a book from you that you are offering a 2 for 1. Some members do and some don't but you are not by any means required to tell them. Hope that helps.


Date Posted: 10/8/2007 10:07 PM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2005
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Hi, Nicole.  LIke Tammy said, you're not obligated.  But if it were me, I would feel obligated to tell...cuz to me that is being honest (with them and myself).  Just MHO, though...not site guidelines.  :)

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 10:43 PM ET
Member Since: 11/11/2005
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Hi Nikki and Welcome to PBS!

It is totally up to you whether you want to offer a freebie book if someone orders a book from you during a 2-for-1 sale.   I've done both.  It kind of depended upon my mood.

HOWEVER, you should be aware that some members don't check their PM's very often.   So if you PM them about an offer for a freebie, they may not get back to you before you want to mail the book.

What I have done in the past is to PM the person who ordered, and tell them that they can have an additional book free from my shelf IF they reply within a certain timeframe (I usually say 48 hours).  After that point, I'll be wrapping up the book for mailing and it will be too late.   I also ask them to give me several choices of freebies - just in case their first choice is taken and not removed from my shelf yet.

Hope that helps.

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 10:44 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I have a 2 for 1 offered in my siggy and I don't PM everyone who orders a book from me to see if they want a freebie.  If they take the time to look at my profile they'll see the 2 for 1 deal.  I posted a WL book last week and the requestor PM'd about my freebie offer and I gladly sent them the freebie they wanted. 

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 11:40 PM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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I don't.  If they see the offer either in my sig or my profile, then they are welcome to it, but it's a freebie, so I feel no additional obligation.  They spend a credit, they get a postable book.  Anything else is extra.  Not that I'm mean, but I'm not going to the hassle to PM everyone who orders and then sit on a book waiting 48 hours or whatever for them to respond.  If they don't see the offer, it's not taking anything away from them.  I'm still meeting my obligation per what I agreed to when I signed on.  And if they see the offer and take advantage I'm just fine with that too.

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 12:36 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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I agree that it's really up to you. I'd PM the person and say that you're offering 2-for-1 and would they like another book, but BE SURE TO INCLUDE A DEADLINE FOR RESPONSE! That way, if you don't hear from the person, you can just send the book off worry-free! :)