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Subject: Fulfilling Other Peoples' Wish Lists
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:29 AM ET
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Hmm.  I have Eclipse and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer sitting on my shelf.  I am willing to give them away.  Is there any way to strike a trade with someone else who might have books that I want?  Is there a way I can view the bookshelves of people who have these specific books on their wish list?  Also, if this is considered "cheating", please let me know!

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:32 AM ET
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No, there is no way to set up direct trades of WL books on this site. Its whole setup (and draw) is the WL and FIFO lines. You can post them, get the credits and request what you want with the credits, but if what you want are WL books, you will need to get in the WL lines and wait your turn.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:38 AM ET
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you can check people's WL to see if they have both books on their WL and post directly to them so you can save on postage. you can do that. it'll take a while to look at people's WL though, but that is a possiblity.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:40 AM ET
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They're both on my wish list, if you're interested in the saving-postage aspect of it!

Edited to add: I' have the paperback versions wishlisted, but I'd be willing to WL the hardcovers if that's what you have.



Last Edited on: 3/6/09 11:44 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:41 AM ET
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actually there is a thread in the paranormal forum, where you can post that you have the WL books and you will send both the 1st person that PMs you.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=154979

Subject: Credit
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:46 AM ET
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Okay, so if I send both books to one person, how do I get the two credits?

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:47 AM ET
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You receive a credit for each book, no matter that they are mailed together for less postage cost than it would cost to mail them separately to two different people.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:49 AM ET
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I don't mind sending them to you, but if I post them, won't they go to the first person on each wish list?  And is this considered cheating since I would be bypassing the wish list order?

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:53 AM ET
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Sara, posting directly to someone's wishlist is allowed though not "encouraged" on PBS, because, yes, obviously, keeping it FIFO (first in first out) for the most part is what makes the system work for everyone ... so it is really your call.

To post to someone's wishlist directly, you click on their user name to go to their profile, then click on their wishlist, and post the book directly there -- I believe that is how it works anyhow.

I'm not pushing the issue of you doing that for me, but just happened on your post ... and my daughter is (like so many others, though) wanting those two books bad! Really, up to you.

Like I said, though, it is the paperbacks  I have wishlisted -- I'd have to wl the hardcovers (if that's what you have) before you could post them to me.



Last Edited on: 3/6/09 11:56 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 12:11 PM ET
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yes you have to go directly to that person's profile and WL in order to post directly to them. if you go back to the book description and post from there it goes to FIFO so make sure to stay on that person's WL

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 1:40 PM ET
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I'm curious why you don't just post them and use the credits you receive from them to order books you want. Is there a reason you want a specific person to have them? Why not just use the system set up in place to accomplish what you want?

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 1:45 PM ET
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Just FYI...

There are two schools of thought on posting directly to someone's WL.

The first is that since the site allows it it's okay.  The second is that since it bypasses the FIFO it's unfair to those waiting in line.

It's entirely up to you as to how you want to post your books, but there are folks who have very strong feelings either way.

Most of the people who are against the practice seem to have made their WL private, which prevents someone from posting directly to it.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 2:00 PM ET
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Thank you for your help!  I was interested in saving some money on postage, especially since I was sending two hardback books (with perfect dust covers, by the way).  Everything else I've just posted for FIFO.     

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Date Posted: 3/6/2009 2:24 PM ET
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Also, Box O Books is just exactly that idea:  trading books you have for books you want directly without using credits.   And it is my understanding that you can look up to see which boxers have a specific book, although I'm not a Boxer myself, so I'm not 100% sure on that aspect, but I think you can do that as a Boxer.  Just something else for you to consider...

(Although I think WishListed books never make it to the bookshelves, so they aren't usually part of BoB deals.)



Last Edited on: 3/6/09 2:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 3:23 PM ET
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It's my understanding that WL books are never part of BoB.  Any books you post to your shelf will go to FIFO before they become available for BoB.

Several PBS threads (ie PnR & Romance) are contact points for members who offer WL books to thread-friends before listing to FIFO.  Should be good locations to specify the offer is for both books.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 3:31 PM ET
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OK, I understand now. I just didn't get the fact that they were hardback and you wanted them kept together. Makes sense to save on postage.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 5:13 PM ET
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It's ok to do that sometimes-post directly to someone to save on postage.  I post most of my WL books to FIFO. But If I have more than 1 WL book of a series I"ll try to find someone that I can send them both to to save on postage.  Also when someone orders a book from me, I'll check their WL to see if I have anything else in the TBR pile that's on their WL.  Then I'll offer them that too but only if I know I can read it by the mail by date.  I'll also help others save on postage by using the Order More From Member button when someone posts a WL book to me.

I think probably 90% of books posted go through FIFO. Simply because the majority that post directly to peoples WL or even know that this is an option are forum users.  The active forum users make up a small part of the PBS population. 

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:09 PM ET
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i too like to post multiple books to the same person in order to save on shipping