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Subject: Friends of PBS
Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:16 AM ET
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What are the number of credits or PBS money required for each level of "Friends of PBS"?

Bronze?

Silver?

Gold?

Diamond?

Just curious.....

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:56 AM ET
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No one seems to know!   I am sure TPTB will let us know sooner or later.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 11:03 AM ET
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I put in 3 credits and I got silver. Just FYI.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 11:22 AM ET
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Good to know. I've given two and still waiting for my badge.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 12/2/2008 11:43 AM ET
Member Since: 11/2/2007
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Two gets you bronze - that's what I did.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 1:02 PM ET
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I was wondering the same thing. I put in 5 and was suprised to see it give me a silver badge.  They accumulate. So if you give some here and there the badges will go up.  Mine showed up right away.



Last Edited on: 12/2/08 1:31 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/2/2008 3:31 PM ET
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I gave them my last credit and my name came up under the bronze heading.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 6:06 PM ET
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I put in 10 and got Silver.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 9:24 PM ET
Member Since: 4/2/2007
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Levels are now explained. Just click on an icon and it tells you the number of credits.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 9:33 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2006
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There's also a list here:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=605

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 8:19 AM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2006
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Could someone please explain how giving credits helps PBS?

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 9:33 AM ET
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"It's tax thing that causes them to have to have a cash reserve to cover all the credits that are available. So, for every credit they give to a new member, they have to cover it so that their assets balance. But, when people give credits back to them, they can decrease the number of credits that they have to cover by the amount of credits given to them."

 

I found this in a post from Sherri (royaltech) on 8/1/07.  If I find a more detailed one, that I know I've seen, I'll come back and edit it on to this message.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 9:43 AM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2006
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From the link to Friends of PBS

In response to the pleas we have gotten of "What can I do to keep PaperBackSwap going?" we have made the Friends of PBS feature available. To become a Friend, you can just click here to donate credits or PBS Money to the club. This will really help out the site! It seems strange, we know, but donating credits back is really great - the IRS requires us to maintain a financial liability for the cost of all credits issued on the site. This liability impacts the clubs operations and limits our options on future growth.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 12:44 PM ET
Member Since: 11/2/2007
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OTOH, if too many people give credits, there will be fewer credits in the system, and therefore less swapping.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 1:09 PM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2007
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OTOH, if too many people give credits, there will be fewer credits in the system, and therefore less swapping.

Not really if you consider most people bank their credits so they aren't really using them.  They are just sitting there for a "rainy day"  For most of us, giving back the original 3 "free" credits we received when we joined isn't so much a hardship because if we constantly keep moving books, we keep accumulating credits.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 2:37 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2008
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Hey the badges changed to some weird looking blobby capsule thing! I really liked the badges!



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Date Posted: 12/3/2008 3:45 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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OTOH, if too many people give credits, there will be fewer credits in the system, and therefore less swapping. - This is my conundrum. I have thought about giving credits back quite a few times, but I always decide to give to other members that appear like they could/would use them right away. Lately I have thought there seemed to be a glut of credits in the system because the going rate for credits being sold in the BB has went down quite a bit; so I am thinking this big run of donations to PBS might get the perceived value of credit back up there :)

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 8:41 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2008
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The shape of the "badges" changed again!!!

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 9:51 PM ET
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Given that there are swappers who do not swap books but just buy credits, and others who buy occassionaly, I am not worried about the # of credits dropping enough to impact swapping.  I ran out of credits twice, so I have "added" about 11 credits to the system myself--and I really hate buying credits because I want more than one book to leave per book coming in, not less than one!

Also, since R&R clearly thought about inflation of credits (thank you--only site I've seen that has) and are keeping an eye on it, I expect that if it were to swing the other way they'd also step in.  Either refuse more donations or run a contest with a reward of credits or such.

Daniel T. - ,
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 10:48 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2008
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I have to say that I like what the PBS staff is doing with the Friends of PBS flags by reducing vertical height and adhering to a consistent flag field. The flags are now much more eye appealing when visually scanned across a horizontal plane. The shortened width of the flag is also welcome depending on the contribution amounts.

PBS, books, and members who share within PBS posting guidelines are awesome. You're the best!!

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 5:00 PM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2007
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Wow, have you all looked at the donations so far !!  PBS'ers ROCK !! 

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 5:54 AM ET
Member Since: 10/19/2006
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Just what the heck is that gray blob on the Friends of PBS flag? Is it supposed to be a silver nugget? I thought it might be a pile of silver coins but now I am not so sure. Anyway, I liked the old badge.