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Subject: Free Member Appreciation Books, Really?
Date Posted: 3/17/2013 11:59 PM ET
Member Since: 1/11/2009
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I keep seeing Member Appreciation Books and they all have the following message attached to them

Congratulations!
You can get this new
Member Appreciation Book for Free
with 1 Credit plus S&H

What is free about it if you are spending a credit and paying the S&H?

 

ZB

 



Last Edited on: 3/18/13 1:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 1:20 AM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2008
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I agree, it's not free.  But, if it's a book you really want and there's a long WL for it, then it would be worth it to pay S&H.  I have taken a look at some of the MAB books and in one instance it was available to be ordered from PBS for just a credit.  So, if you see something you like, check to make sure it's not available from PBS.

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 8:23 AM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
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Yup, its kinda of misleading just like: "Swap Used Books For Free".

-RD

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 8:48 AM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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You can check off a box to show only WL books when you look at the MAB.  Some only have a few on WL for them but some have over 50 wishers.  A credit plus S&H may be cheaper than you can buy the book used for those.

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 3/18/2013 10:00 AM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2008
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I only buy WL books from the MAB list.  Just bought 3, 2 for me and one for my brother.  The 2 I bought for myself had WL over 50 people long.

When I have a surplus of credits, why not?  Especially since I know I can turn around and get my credit right back.  

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 12:24 PM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2007
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Since I never access PBS through my "Home" page, choosing to go directly to my "Main" page, I've never seen MAB before today. I do have a question... Is there any easy way to see if there is a MAB that's on MY OWN WL? I've seen that I can filter MABs so only WL'ed books show up. And, I know that I can sort my WL so that PBS Market books appear at the top of the list, but either none of those books are MAB *or* there's no MAB icon or button on that listing.

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 1:45 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2009
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Ed--One of the books on my Wish List is a "MAB".  The "MAB" icon appears on the right side of the list--right next to the "Buy it Now" and "Buy from Amazon" icons.

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 1:51 PM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2007
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Laura: Okay... if an icon appears on WL'ed books that are MAB, then none of mine must be MAB at this time. Oh, well...

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 4:11 PM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2007
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Do the books chosen as "MAB" change daily? ...weekly? ...monthly?

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 4:55 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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There are hundreds of them. They add new ones periodically, but I thinkthat once they're offered as a MAB they stay there.

Date Posted: 3/19/2013 2:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I think what's offered is based on supply. 

If you sort your WL by availability, it'll put all you WL books that are in the marketplace on top.  That's what I did when I wanted to use up some credits. 

Date Posted: 3/19/2013 4:30 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I wish I could use 2 credits on a MAB rather than a credit and cash.