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Subject: Giving away credits?
Date Posted: 9/10/2010 9:07 PM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2006
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Hi, this may be bad form or distasteful, and you could certainly inform me of that if you can do it without trying to hurt my feelings. 

Is there a forum or a place for folks to go if they are needing credits from people who are giving them away? Used to be I had extras, but now that I've had a baby, my daugther has sucked all of those up and I find myself with a long list of Caldecotts I'd like for her. If there is no such forum, I'd be happy to know that too. Thanks for your reply. 

Date Posted: 9/10/2010 9:20 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2009
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Hi Danielle - this has to be done in the Book Bazaar.  There are strict rules, so read the red sticky of rules at the top before posting.  They are a loan, so you will be expected to return the credits, that is why you need to follow the rules.  Otherwise you can buy credits in the Kiosk or from members selling in the book bazaar. 

ETA, to add URL link and finish sentence.

Last Edited on: 9/10/10 9:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 9/10/2010 9:20 PM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2007
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No such forum.   Most people sell credits; very few, if any , just give them away.

mistie -
Date Posted: 9/10/2010 10:55 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2007
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There is the Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) forum where such a request MAY get a response. That forum is not just for book credits - but, any RAOk you may wish to offer (or request).

Date Posted: 9/10/2010 11:12 PM ET
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Thank you for asking about this instead of just guessing where to post something like that. smiley

It's much appreciated.

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 1:01 AM ET
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There is the Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) forum where such a request MAY get a response. That forum is not just for book credits - but, any RAOk you may wish to offer (or request).

I think you may have to start your own thread in the ROAK forum, because these are the rules at the beginning of the monthly "I wish, I wish, Wishes we may grant" thread. However, I am not sure that is allowed (see section on Book Bazaar).

Here, you list a few things you like/collect/can use.  Obviously,  we all like certain things like  credits, wish-list books, etc. This is NOT for that kind of thing.   This is for  things others might have around the house that you can use (for instance if you collect postcards, bookmarks, Coke codes, or if there's a candy you love you can't find in your area, etc).  **   Please remember that books, by title or genre, should not be requested in this forum(I Wish thread).  There may be other places for that.  If someone sends you a book, please receive it and thank the member sending it.


When posting in the Book Bazaar, one should ask to borrow credits. There are very generous members who might not require repayment, but the expectation is that the poster is asking for a loan and intends to pay it back. 

  • Requests to "lend a credit". Members sometimes ask for credits to be lent to them. This is okay as long as members follow these rules:
  • The topic needs to be in the Book Bazaar Discussion Forum and no other forum
  • The original post in the topic should specify clearly (1) how many credits are needed (maximum 6) and (2) a timeframe to repay them.
  • Any members who lend credits in response to these threads must post in the topic that they have given credits, and how many.
  • When the member who asked for a loan has gotten the credits she needs, she must edit the topic title and the original post to say "Thank you--no more replies needed!" .
  • No member should post a topic asking to borrow credits more than once per month, and can do this a maximum of 2 months in a row.  So it is okay to ask in January and again in February, but that same member cannot ask again after that until April.
  • Anyone giving credits to a member in response to this kind of topic who expects repayment should send a PM saying "I have lent you [x number of] credits - pay me back when you can".
  • Anyone giving credits to a member in response to this kind of topic who does NOT expect repayment should include in her PM "I have sent you [x number of credits] - no need to repay".
  • These credit loan topics may not appear anywhere but Book Bazaar. The original poster may bump the topic if she needs to only once.


Obviously we all have different boundaries and expectations of what is proper or tasteful, but your request is very close to crossing mine. I would be more receptive to solicitations for credit loans or deals on the books you want. Trying hard not to hurt your feelings, s.

Last Edited on: 9/11/10 1:07 AM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 9/11/2010 1:32 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Danielle, your best bet might be to buy some credits from other members (cheaper than the kiosk) and then keep an eye out in the Book Bazaar for deals by people with a lot of kid's books. People who have a lot of kid's books tend to offer deals frequently, because many people don't want to spend a whole credit on a single kid's book.

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 9:06 AM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2006
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I would like to thank everyone here for thier detailed and polite responses. I wasnt expecting this at all, however a very nice lady (I'll respect her privacy) has gifted me 2 credits. With the 2 credits I have coming from trade and the one I recently received, that almost covers the Caldecotts currently available here.

I'm glad to know about the bazaar. It seems a nice way to pick up a credit if you're short but your wishlist type book becomes available. And I had no idea other members sold thier credits - more cheaply than the kiosk, nice! I will probably use one of these methods to pick up the other few books.

To Sara, who suggested kids books deals, I have found my daughter to be a bit picky when it comes to books and I avail myself of the library constantly for that reason. I can say without a doubt though that the quality of Caldecotts never fails to engage her so I've been -s l o w l y- building a worthwhile library at home. 

What a very nice bunch of people PBS has milling around. Thanks again.

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 6:55 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
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I've seen a couple of folks give  credits with the simple suggestion to "Pay It Forward" someday.


Subject: Random Act happened to me
Date Posted: 9/12/2010 9:43 AM ET
Member Since: 5/24/2010
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When I first joined, some guy, no idea who he was, gave me a credit with no message.  I thanked him and asked why or how he even found my name... Never heard another word. There's still that part of me who wonders...

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 12:20 PM ET
Member Since: 8/31/2008
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When I was brand new, I tried to order a book for my son, thinking I had credits because I had just mailed out several.  I totally forgot that you don't receive the credit until the book is received, and I did not realize that you could buy credits.  I posted it in the forums.  It wasn't to ask for credit.  I had no idea back then that someone could buddy you a credit.  I added my story to an existing post that I think was complaining about people canceling orders and/or people explaining why orders were canceled.  I used used my story as an explanation and an "global apology" for canceling the order because I didn't have the credits.  To my surprise, 2 people buddied me a credit.  Like I said I didn't even know that that could be done, or how it was done back then.  They did not ask for repayment.  I thanked them at the time.  I was able to check their profile and see that they had sent a lot more books than they had received, so presumably they had a lot of spare credits.  Since they did not ask for their credits back, at a later date I paid it toward to another on PBS.  Their RAOK made me think that they were the types that would would prefer me to pay if forward rather than back, but sometimes I feel a little bad that I never did ask if they wanted their credits back. . .  I remember who the people are.  Maybe I will PM them . . .