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Subject: a first for me.
Date Posted: 2/28/2016 11:18 AM ET
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I got a request recently that was for 3 books in the same order. That is a first for me. I've never had more that 2 at the same time. wow. 3 credits. I like it.

Date Posted: 2/28/2016 2:34 PM ET
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I sent out three books in one order on January 3 this year.  That was a first for me also.  Requests go in spirts for me.  I won't have any for awhile, then all of a sudden I will get two or three in a row.  This past week I have sent out four books.  I know there are some who send out many more, but I'm okay with that.

Date Posted: 2/28/2016 2:59 PM ET
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I think my biggest request was for 15 books, far more likely to be 2 or 3. I certainly appreciate those multiple book requests! I often will look at another person's bookshelf when requesting a book to see if there's anything else I'd like, if they are a limited or standard member. I stopped doing it with ala carte members...too often the request would time out and be sent on to 2 different members, which is fine except I usually did not have a burning need for the 2nd book, had just added it since I'd already requested one from a member.

Date Posted: 2/28/2016 7:29 PM ET
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I got my first order for 3  books on Friday (normal size HC).......I'd had requests for 6 or more very thin children's books in a series, but it would take 4 or more of those to weigh as much as a typical  PB.     This is in addition to 6 orders for single books this week. My normal rate is to mail out 4 books a month so this week was a big surprise for me!

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Date Posted: 3/1/2016 5:12 PM ET
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Many people kindly look at others shelves when they order a book to see if there is anything else they want.  I try to do that -- often I can order 2 or 3 to save postage for the sender.

(referencing the thread on how to make postage cheaper. . .)

Date Posted: 3/1/2016 5:24 PM ET
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If I'm interested in more than one book by an author I always check bookshelves because people who have one are pretty likely to have another, I've found.

So, it's not uncommon for me to order 2 or 3 from the same person.

Besides multiples deals, (where I've sent out as many as 40 books in one box) the largest unsolicited orders for multiples I've gotten thru my bookshelf was a handful of 3 book orders.

Date Posted: 3/1/2016 6:31 PM ET
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I once got a request for 30 books approximately 2 hours after I'd posted them. The books were erotic paperbacks that I found in a garbage bag after someone dumped stuff illegally in the hills near where I live. I found them while walking my dog, since I made a habit of poking into the trash for anything good (I once found a 20 dollar bill, and another time I found a good umbrella and some tools, which encouraged me to keep looking).

Anyway, the address of the requestor was just two blocks from my house, so I walked my dog over there and hand-delivered the package. The recipient was delighted to get his books back, even though it cost him 30 credits. His wife, however, was absolutely disgusted -- she was the one who'd dumped them. laugh

Date Posted: 3/1/2016 8:42 PM ET
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That is just too funny. If the wife ever gets her hands on them again, I'll bet she dumps them much farther away.  Hopefully near another PBS member.

Date Posted: 3/2/2016 2:44 AM ET
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OMG, Erica, that story is amazing!  In restrospect, given the nature of the book contents and that the dumped books and requestor were both so close to your home, I would have been hesitant to hand deliver them, and for the very reason you mention. One of the couple did not want the books in their house and the other did. Yikes, it could have been dicey for you, and problably also resulted in some domestic quarrels. But still, an amazing story nonetheless.

Date Posted: 3/2/2016 2:48 AM ET
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I occasionally get requests for 2 or 3 books, and sometimes as many as 4 at a time. My record, however, is 11 in a single request. Interestingly, most of these were from diverse genres, with little similarity among them. The requestor simply browsed my shelf and found a lot of books that appealed to him.



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Date Posted: 3/2/2016 9:22 AM ET
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Anyway, the address of the requestor was just two blocks from my house, so I walked my dog over there and hand-delivered the package. The recipient was delighted to get his books back, even though it cost him 30 credits. His wife, however, was absolutely disgusted -- she was the one who'd dumped them.

This is too funny! Although I wouldn't be happy knowing that my neighbor was illegally dumping things...

Date Posted: 3/2/2016 10:45 PM ET
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OMG, Erica, that story is amazing!  In restrospect, given the nature of the book contents and that the dumped books and requestor were both so close to your home, I would have been hesitant to hand deliver them, and for the very reason you mention. One of the couple did not want the books in their house and the other did. Yikes, it could have been dicey for you, and problably also resulted in some domestic quarrels. But still, an amazing story nonetheless.

It didn't occur to me that there might be a connection between where I found the books and the location of the requestor, or why they were dumped. It seemed like a good way to save postage.

I hand-delivered another requested book years later to my next-door neighbor, or rather, I gave it to her kids when they came over to ask me to throw their soccer ball back over the fence. That was the quickest a book was marked received -- 5 minutes from auto-request to being marked received. I didn't even have to wrap it.

Date Posted: 3/3/2016 2:13 AM ET
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I like that you were able to hand-deliver another requested book and this, too, seems to be another amazing coincidence. You might consider initiating a local PBS club in your neighborhood since you have already had at least two close-by neighbors request books from you. Who knows, there may be others. 

Date Posted: 3/3/2016 8:39 AM ET
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The first person I hand-delivered books to I hadn't realized was nearby until I printed the shipping label (back then I didn't use PBS postage, so I wasn't losing anything by hand-delivering the package). The second time, I saw the destination city after accepting the request and started to send a PM to see if the person might want to get the book faster by having me drop it off. I saw the first name and initial (a uniquely spelled first name), and decided to print without postage because I was almost sure it was my next door neighbor, who I'd talked to plenty of times (and if I was wrong, I could easily buy postage at the post office and wait a few days for my credit). It was her, so I was going to take it over, but then the doorbell rang (for the third time that day -- those kids had a real talent for kicking the ball over the fence that summer), and I recognized the kids' voices and gave them the book in exchange for retrieving their ball again.

I don't get many requests from my own town, so those I do get catch my attention.

Date Posted: 3/17/2016 6:34 AM ET
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well. I just had a new first. a member requested 13 books. wow. They are mostly some old mysteries. none are wish listed. I'm going to have to think about how to package 12 mass markets and 1 trade pbk.



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Date Posted: 3/17/2016 8:21 AM ET
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I use a small box..i put the books in plastic, and make sure I have newspaper to put between the books and box. Word of warning, I work for a publishing company and used one of our newspapers. It was a fresh produce newspaper and someone thought I was sending an advertisement for produce. I explained I only used it for packing but she felt I had an agenda to push produce. 

 

I laughed..if I had an agenda to push food it would be Reeses Peanut Butter Cups of course :-)

Date Posted: 3/17/2016 8:25 AM ET
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I am a Mr Goodbar myself. If I can't get one of those I'll settle for chocolate covered peanuts.

Date Posted: 3/17/2016 9:56 AM ET
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Ohhh peanut M & M's!!!!

Date Posted: 3/18/2016 11:24 AM ET
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there must be something in the air (besides pollen that is). This morning I got a request for 3 books in the same request.

Date Posted: 3/18/2016 2:54 PM ET
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Very cool Charles!!