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Subject: Giving deals on multiple requests? -- More credits for larger books?
Date Posted: 10/19/2014 11:17 AM ET
Member Since: 7/16/2006
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Two Questions:

I'm moving and trying to downsize my book collection, so have a TON of books and want to get rid of fairly quickly. I've seen other people offer deals on multiple books, but how do you do that? If I have a request for a bunch of books, how do I only 'charge' them for a few books? (Say I said 6 books for 4 credits, how do I only charge 4?)

Second Question! I've got some hefty coffee table/photography books that I paid a pretty penny for, but it will also cost more to send. Is there a way to charge more for these books? It doesn't seem fair for a book that cost me $25 and will cost $4 to send, to only get 1 credit. If that's the case, I'll just keep it. 

Thanks for the insight! 

 

Date Posted: 10/19/2014 11:47 AM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
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Sarah, options for the heavy books:

sell at a garage sale

sell to Half-Price books or used bookstore

donate to Goodwill, thriftshop or library.

You cannot ask for more credits for heavy books. I wish this rule could be changed to the receiver pays the postage for heavy books.  

I'm like if you want it, you can have it.  I would rather the receiver pay the $4+ postage. It not likely the rule will change. 

On deals they order 4 books from your tower, pm you with what they ordered and their free choices.  You reply with that's great, I have your order for x books and sending you x books free. 

 



Last Edited on: 10/19/14 11:48 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/19/2014 11:53 AM ET
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Ahh that makes sense!
So basically the person requests 4 books and then they don't request the other 2, I just delete from shelf? Yes? 

 

Yes, I would rather they just pay shipping, or to get 2 credits based on weight. Oh well. I'll just keep :)

Date Posted: 10/19/2014 12:33 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I use the "Mail To a Friend" option on the free books. This has the added bonus that the books are removed from my bookshelf.

I will print the label with no services, then use the address for the "Mail to a Friend". Then reprint the label with all the books.

Date Posted: 10/19/2014 2:23 PM ET
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Yes, delete the free books from your shelf.  Keep the orders straight and keep good contact with the other members by pm. 

Sometimes members get confused and don't know how to deal so you might have to walk them thru the process.

I have not yet used the mail to a friend option. I love options and will try that someday.

 

 

Date Posted: 10/19/2014 6:56 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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Definitely use mail to a friend. It keeps the address/order all together and takes them off your shelf. It's especially nice if you like to use the insert sheet and also lists them on your home page so when the recipient marks the regular books received you can mark the rest of them completed too.

Date Posted: 10/19/2014 8:14 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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Another point, remind folks to check that they are ordering from your bookshelf. Not FIFO. Not the book detail page. Your name or nickname should be in tiny print at the top of the order form.

Date Posted: 10/19/2014 8:21 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If you do a deal like that and there's a problem with one of the books ordered, do NOT cancel the transaction on your end.  That rolls the request over to another sender and the requester might only want the book in a deal.  Ask them to cancel it on their end. 

Date Posted: 10/20/2014 9:31 AM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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Another benefit to using the 'mail to a friend' function is that they count in your 'books mailed' total count and your transaction archive keeps the record of them going out also.

Date Posted: 10/20/2014 11:22 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2010
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Regarding heavy books, I'll add Freecycle as a way to get rid of them without even having to take them anywhere.