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Subject: the Geography of Swaps
Date Posted: 12/5/2015 9:11 AM ET
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I have not had many repeat swappers over the years except those collecting books in children's series I had, but in past month I noticed I had 4 requestors from Texas. Now my norm is to get just one request per week so this is unusual to have that many requests from 1 state!

Anyone else have interesting stats about where they ship to or receive from?



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Date Posted: 12/5/2015 1:10 PM ET
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I get more people from the East Coast ordering books than the West Coast. Got 2 from NH the other day, which is somewhat unusual. I ship a lot of books every week though, so there's really not a pattern for me. Pat

Date Posted: 12/5/2015 5:53 PM ET
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I must admit that you pay WAY more attention to your swap details than I do.  I would have no idea. 

Date Posted: 12/6/2015 5:56 PM ET
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I'm a behaviorist so I pay attention to a lot of patterns in what people do, so why not the patterns of book travel?

Date Posted: 12/6/2015 8:44 PM ET
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"I'm a behaviorist so I pay attention to a lot of patterns in what people do, so why not the patterns of book travel?"

Hey, whatever makes your socks go up and down.  No judgment intended.  It's just not something I've ever paid attention to.

Date Posted: 12/7/2015 2:08 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/7/2015 4:33 AM ET
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I have sent over 1700 books, and received over 1800. The difference between sent and received is because, especially in my earlier PBS days, I sometimes buy credits when I don't have any when requesting books.

That said, in looking at the Transaction Archives maps for sent and received books, I see the following trends.

Books to me, in order of approximate frequency are :
East Coast, VA to VT
So Cal (LA Area)
No Cal (SF area)
FL
WA
Over half the books to me are from East of the Plains, fairly uniformy distributed outside the areas listed above.

Books from me, in order of approximate frequency are :
East Coast, Va to MA
So Cal (LA area)
No CAL (SF area)
FL
WA
About 2/3 to 3/4 from me are to the Eastern half of US, roughly evenly distribited outside the areas cited.

Sending and receiving books in the Central US has been notably sparse, and most trades for me have been skewed towards the East and West Coasts, respectively. 

Although statistics will vary with the particular types of books that are sent and requested, the concentration for trades in my experince has been as noted above.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2015 9:30 AM ET
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There are a few places I have never sent of received a book. Alaska, South Dakota, Delaware. Vermont, Maine. I have only sent one book to Hawaii.

Date Posted: 12/7/2015 9:50 AM ET
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How skewed are the numbers by directed delivery these days?

Date Posted: 12/7/2015 1:46 PM ET
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Good question, Sheryl.  I'm still not sure I understand how that works, except it appears to violate the Fifo premise.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2015 1:53 PM ET
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Has anyone mailed or received to these states?

Mississippi

Rhode Island

I have not sent or received many books but I have dealt with most states on the DVD site. 

Date Posted: 12/7/2015 6:04 PM ET
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I have both sent to and received from Rhode Island.  I have received from Mississippi, but have never sent any books there.

Date Posted: 12/8/2015 1:21 AM ET
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Because I have both mailed and received over 1000 books in each direction the PBS transaction maps have a number of dense clusters of overlapping dots, which makes them difficult to search, especially when trying to locate dots in a very small area like Rhode Island given that I also have tansactions nearby in CT and MA. In addition, PBS limits the dots on each of its maps to the most recent 1000 mailings, so they don't show a complete history for me.

Given all that, I found at least 2 transactions to RI and 3 transactions from RI using the maps. Checking Mississippi was much easier, however, both because it is larger and also because it is in one of the less areas of dots on the maps -- 7 transactions to MS and 2 from MS.

The states having the fewest transactions for me have been
ND -- 0 to, 2 from
HI  -- 1 to, 1 from
SD -- 2 to, 3 from
RI  -- 2 to, 3 from (possibly more?)
ID  -- 3 to, 2 from
NV -- 4 to, 1 from
WY -- 1 to, 5 from



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Date Posted: 12/8/2015 9:59 AM ET
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One thing to keep in mind when looking at the maps, is that if a member that you have sent to/received from moves, so does their dot on your map! So while my map shows I have mailed a book to Puerto Rico, I never really have.  That particular member was living elsewhere when I sent her a book, but lives in Puerto Rico now, so that is where the dot is. So the maps may not truly reflect where the books actually were sent to/received from.

Having said that, based on my maps, it appears I have sent books to all the states except for Alaska and Hawaii, and have gotten books from all the states except for North Dakota and Hawaii (and Puerto Rico).

As others have noted, the majority of my transactions (sent and received) seem to be to states east of the Mississippi River.

Date Posted: 12/8/2015 9:59 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/8/2015 1:05 PM ET
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Those tiny states on the map are tricky to read for sure!  Then there's the overlapping dots.  

Date Posted: 12/9/2015 10:23 AM ET
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I don't rely solely on the map when checking for states 'missing' from my swap history.  I have few enough (around 500 each way) that I can search my transaction history.  of course, I can use the map to narrow which states I'm looking to see if there are 0 transactions to or from. I am down to 4 states each that I haven't  sent to and received from.

0 received: AK, SD, ND, and OK

0 sent: ND, WY, ME, NH

And while we're at it, if we are including PR, then we should ask about Guam too.   I have sent multiple Raoks there as there were 2 school teachers living there who used to be active in the Raok forum. But Guam isn't shown on map.



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Date Posted: 12/9/2015 10:36 AM ET
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Oh, and many of us send to military living overseas.  I was living in Germany when I joined so had a bunch of members ship me books before I moved back to US.

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Date Posted: 12/9/2015 9:03 PM ET
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As far as I can tell, I have sent books to and received books from every state, with the exception of Puerto Rico. I have sent a book there but not received one from there.

 

Date Posted: 12/10/2015 1:25 AM ET
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I also have sent one book to PR, but not received one from there,