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Subject: Is this going to look funny on my account?
Date Posted: 7/15/2009 9:41 AM ET
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Is it going to trigger some red flag on my account that I am posting multiple copies of the same book, putting up a new one as soon as the previous one is marked mailed? I picked up a dozen copies of a wish list book with almost 100 wishers, for only 99 cents each, at a closeout sale, figuring a 3.50 credit for a dollar book was a great deal, but now I'm kind of afraid it might look funny  that I keep on posting the same book.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 9:44 AM ET
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If you're actually mailing it and people are marking it received on the other end, I don't think it would cause any problems.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 10:01 AM ET
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I'm with Jenna, as long as they are going the the system properly you should be fine.  I'm curious though.  What is the book?

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 10:15 AM ET
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I don't think it would be a problem as long as you are mailing them and others are marking them received, as others have said.

I know I have managed to get multiple copies of books myself so it shouldn't be that big of a deal.

Though I am curious as well as to what book it is since there are that many wish listers.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 10:15 AM ET
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I too think you're fine, but aren't you actually losing money? If you paid .99 cents for the book, and it costs at least $2 or $2.50 to mail, you're over $3. You can buy credits in the book bazaar for as low as $2.60 these days (mean average seems to be around $2.85 or so). So you're actually losing money???

But far be it from me to stop people from getting WL books into the system! I hope it's one of mine! :-)

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 10:37 AM ET
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Heather - I figure any book I sent out cost me money to purchase to begin with, and they are all going to cost me to ship. So a book I got at 99 cents is costing me less than another book purchased at regular price, and I get to make a dozen people happy in the process. Plus I did actually read the book, so there's no loss there, IMHO, since if I had bought it at regular price it would have cost me $10. And they are getting snapped up very quickly - I've already gone through more than half of them.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 11:28 AM ET
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Bren - I've done this several times (ex-library books that were WLd).  I would list one, then mail it.  As soon as it was mailed, I'd put up the next one, etc.  Never had any problems.  Isn't it fun when you can fulfill wishes like that?  Enjoy.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 12:24 PM ET
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I too think you're fine, but aren't you actually losing money?

While I love it when I find really nice books on sale at a bookstore or at a FOL sale, many of the books I post were purchased new & read only by me.  I'm just doing this for fun, and because I like seeing the books that I've enjoyed reading going out to make someone else happy  :)   I always read everything before I post it too.

I figure with my BOB, and bazaar deals in the mix, and the HC WL requests I'll receive, it all evens out in the end (or I think I come out ahead... if my TBR pile is to be believed!)  I send out PB's & HC's, I'm just not a book-keeper, so I'm happy that someone else benefits.  (And while I too look for ways to consolidate on postage, etc, it's not my first consideration.)

I've been kind of shocked to see people posting things like "they want to get more credits to sell so that they can earn money towards the purchase of a car", and I think, HUH???   I don't think this is probably the right kind of site for that... (could be I'm wrong... I don't see how you could make THAT much "profit"... I just thought that mostly people would be into this for the books, not the "opportunity"!)  It's a fun way to pass the time & share books to me...

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 12:49 PM ET
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Debbie - I don't know how anyone could make a profit selling credits! Most people sell them for about $3, most books cost at least that to mail now! I mean, if you want to "sell" your books for only $3 to make money, at least do it on Ebay or Half.com where you get compensated for the shipping!

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 12:53 PM ET
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while I've sold credits, it was never to fund anything - mostly because I had extra and by getting rid of them that way I don't have as many credits just to spend.  My profit on them was probably about $.30 each - I use it to fund my paypal account for future purchases.  I've never sold enough for a car.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 12:53 PM ET
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I've purchased many, many books at a resale shop for around $1.00 each to post here.  I'm always happy when a book that was donated to the shop because no one wanted it, especially when it's an obscure title, is on the wishlist.  "Rehoming" books is very satisfying!

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 12:57 PM ET
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Sometimes I'm wondering if this kind of "opportunistic" (is that a word?)  attitude is the reason that there are so many "unpostable" books floating around...  too bad :(

And Kudos to everyone putting new & good condition used books into the system!!  That's the reason the system works... these new releases have to come from somewhere to fill all the WL requests :)  



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Date Posted: 7/15/2009 4:14 PM ET
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I agree, Debbie, - please keep putting all the new books you can into the system - after all, now we have a reminder system to let us know we aren't reposting fast enough!  ;D

Ruth

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 7:19 PM ET
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I just picked up a WL book yesterday at the Dollar Tree. Got one for myself also.  It was on my reminder list since there were 57 wishing. I knew  someone else would love to have it too.  It's not about the credits, it's about granting a wish. Last week I bought 2 WL books at the thrift store..one was 80 cents and the other $3, both in excellent condition. The $3 one I had wanted too,(cookbook) but I can copy down the recipes I want and send the book to someone else that wants it.  As much as I have saved by being on here I can afford 4 or 5 dollars every now and then to grant someone's wish. That's what makes this site fun...

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 8:41 PM ET
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Well I bought this particular bunch of books at my own bookstore, which sells NEW but deeply discounted books. They are all in brand new condition other than having remainder marks on them.