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Subject: General new person Question
Date Posted: 2/19/2009 4:04 PM ET
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OK, So how many people had to buy credits when they first started to be able to order books? I have only sent out about 4 books, so right now I am waiting to get the most recent one, and no credits makes it hard to request anything. It is more of a general question I had is all.



OK, I am amending my question, what does RWAP mean? I am sure i will feel like an idiot when someone tells me. . .


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Date Posted: 2/19/2009 4:08 PM ET
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I didn't. But I happened to have been collecting audio books for a few years.  Most were WL and so I earned alot of credits right away. I also had 50/60 books to post right away and a lot of those were WL. 

You could try running a deal.

Also if you have books at home that you haven't read yet: try loading them into the TBR pile. It'll tell you if any are WL.  Then you can read and post those to earn some credits.

WEll it just so happens that you have 2 of my reminder list books on your shelf. So I'm sending you a PM.

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Date Posted: 2/19/2009 4:28 PM ET
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When I found a book I wanted, I would put it on my Reminder List.. that way when I had credits,  I could then easily look and choose what to order.  I also make a few trips to goodwill to get some books to post.  At first, I would only get books (50Cents) that I wanted to read.. and then I would post them.  If someone ordered it before I read it,  no big deal, but if not, I got to enjoy it first :  )

Good luck with PBS :  )

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 4:31 PM ET
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Thank you both for the feedback. It is much appreciated.

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 4:37 PM ET
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Did you get your two free credits for posting your first 10 books?

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 4:42 PM ET
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I got my first 2 credits and bought 3 from the kiosk when I first joined. Just because I have no patience ;)

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 4:48 PM ET
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Hi Amy, I did get my free credits, and already ordered books. In fact those two first books already went back out which is where the second two credits came from.

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 4:53 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/19/2009 4:54 PM ET
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Thanks Julie, Had I looked one thread lower I would have see that. Like I said, I feel like an idiot now.

Kisha -
Date Posted: 2/19/2009 5:00 PM ET
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When I first joined  I made sure my first 10 books I posted were wl'ed, then I used the option of printing postage and DC from PBS so as soon as I marked my first 10 books sent, I got credits.  I have a goal to not buy any credits at least till I hit my 1 year PBS anniversary which is next month.  So far so good.

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 5:16 PM ET
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I guess I got lucky in that 3-4 of the books I posted my 1st day were WL'd.  Also I checked out the forums before requesting books & ended up going with some Bazaar deals netting me 2-4 books per credit.  Also to save myself from buying credits I got a big stack of books from the library to keep me content while I waited for my bazaar deals to arrive.  I have bought credits, probably about 3mo after I'd joined, because I wanted to take advantage of a bazaar deal & didn't have enough credits for everything I wanted but now I have a stash of credits because I'm still trying to read all the books I've gotten in some great deals.

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 5:35 PM ET
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I have yet to buy any credits.  I would see if you can find wish listed books at goodwill or  library sale.   I always seemed to have 1 credit no matter what I did..LOL  I can order a book and the next day someone will order a book from me. I ordered a book 2 weeks ago, just to see if it would happen and sure enough one of my books was requested..LOL

I would just be patient and keep my eyes open. Loads of people carry around the wish list with them.  If you go into the community- top 50  it will give you a list of the top 50 books most wish listed.

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 6:36 PM ET
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When I first joined, I sent out a lot of books, so I got quite a few credits right away...BUT, finding PBS was like a kid in a candy store reaction for me, so I did end up buying about 50 credits in the first few months to get bunches of books I wanted. But then my TBR grew huge so I haven't bought any for a long time, and I've continued to send out plenty so my credit balance has been good for awhile. I wouldn't hesitate to buy more if I had to, though, to get WL'd books that come up. It's still a great deal!


Date Posted: 2/19/2009 8:31 PM ET
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When I first joined, I had boxes of books of mine and my mom's to post, and enough were requested right away.  But it seems like it took me so long to even find a book to request!  Which is hilarious to me now!

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 8:46 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/19/2009 9:17 PM ET
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I already bought 3 b/c there were several books I wanted after I used my first two. I've only sent 1 book for a credit so far. Obviously I don't have WL books! LOL  I hope to not have to buy anymore but at this rate, we'll see!  hehe

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 9:22 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/19/2009 10:58 PM ET
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I've never bought credits.  I didn't have a lot of WL books to post right away either but I did have tons of books I wanted to part with so I posted them all and then ran some deals in the Book Bazzar to build credits.

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 11:39 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2009
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I've bought some credits.  I didn't have WL books to post when I started.  I don't have time to go around to Goodwill, etc. and somehow I just don't like the idea of buying books I don't want to read just to post for credits.  I do shop at used bookstores fairly often for things I want to read, and buying a credit here costs about the same as most pbs at the UBS.  But instead of the limited selection at the UBS, I have 3 million books to choose from here!

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:03 AM ET
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I haven't bought credits yet.  I bought some PBS postage, and when I am almost out of credits I will spend the extra money to use the PBS printed postage.  That way I get the instant credit when I mail the book.  When I have more credits I save the money and don't use the pre-printed postage.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:27 PM ET
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When I was new someone from this very thread sent me a credit or two to keep me going so I have just "paid it forward" to you!

Happy Reading!

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 12:57 AM ET
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I bought about 10 credits in my first 2 months at PBS.  Then I hit 3 really awesome sales at Goodwill and the UBS.  Like 10 cents a book.  Anywhere in the store.  Add to that the fact that I read an average of 4 to 7 books a week and regularly maintain  a wishlist book flow that means I have about 30 wishlist books on my TBR pile on any given day.  And I still buy new books.  And DS and I listen to audio books in the car.  Highly wishlisted audio books.  Lets just say that I have given back, donated and sold way more credits than I bought.  It's all about what you put in.

Those 10 credits were worth the purchase to me.  I needed to start bringing in the books.  I had wishlist books actually come up in that first month.  I needed more books.  Once I was able to start a flow of books, I found that it was difficult to fall behind in the credits.  But I also found that 8 months into my time here I needed to stop all nonwishlist book transactions.  Then the credits start to build to the point of crazy.

I would check to see if anyone is selling credits in the bazarre before buying from the kiosk.  You will get more for your money. 


Sava -
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 2:47 PM ET
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mrslefty, another helpful post from you. I had been wondering about the TBR section / function on the site and the purpose of it. It looks like a really useful tool, and I will start using it!
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 2:53 PM ET
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The first year here I sent out over 200 books, close to 300 I think.  And I never had to buy credits.  Now, for personal reasons, I don't have a bookshelf, and have had to buy credits a time or two.  I've always bought them from people in the Book Bazaar.   I don't order many books anymore but I need credits to play games and for ROAK and the occasional wish listed book.

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 4:13 PM ET
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I love the TBR pile. I was here for a month or two before I saw a post stating that it shows if a book is WL or not. So I loaded all my books on and got some real suprises as to some books that were WL Some that I never would have expected. Turns out when I joined I had several old out of print  romances that had long WL lines.