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Subject: Help Old Member Get It Straight
Date Posted: 2/10/2015 1:59 PM ET
Member Since: 3/3/2009
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OK; I don't use the club alot.  I have been here since the inception of this club and there have always been things that came up that confused me.  Now; I am confused with the new changes for membership as apparently many are.  I will probably join for at least a year because I have commited to thin many books.  I don't know how staying here will help me to thin really.  I mean I will have all those credits to use right?  Anyhow; right now I am confused on the difference between Reminder List and Wish List.  Can someone give me a quick concise nutshell response?  I am going to try to look it up too.  I have to reread for the third(?) time the new rate structure and decide which to go with.  I mean I might want to post sometimes...wtih questions..I do that.  I have lots of books to get rid of but frankly I think it costs us enough to get a "used" book with postage costs and the cost of the book we sent out to get the credit in the first place.  But; I guess with time all things cost more.  All that said, I look forward to responses.....as long as I can still read them.  :)

 

Date Posted: 2/10/2015 2:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2005
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Anyhow; right now I am confused on the difference between Reminder List and Wish List.

The Wish List is when you get in line for a book that isn't posted on the site. No one has it. But if you get in the WL line for it, you wait your turn and as that copy of the book comes in those in line will be offered the book. First in line, first served. Some lines may only have a few people in it, and move slow, and some really, really long lines may move fast. So you can't always tell by how many people are in front of you how long it'll take for your turn to come up.

The Reminder List is just like a personal grocery list. They're books you're interested in, but not enough to either 'buy' the book if it's listed by someone, nor enough to use a WL space for it if no one has it.

WL'd books you do want, RL book you might want in the future. 



Last Edited on: 2/10/15 2:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/10/2015 2:37 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2010
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We have been told the Questions about PBS forum will remain open to all members.  Hopefully that is correct.  It won't cost you any more through this site to post and send your books, it will only cost more to request books.  So if your goal is to get rid of books, you could always sell off the credits you accumulate.  It helps offset postage costs.  The only place you can post that you have credits for sale is the Book Bazaar forum, and you'd have to purchase a limited or standard membership in order to post there. 

I do still order books for myself and my grown kids, and I participate in the unmoderated audio swap, where I get a lot of audio books, so it's worth it for me to be a paying member.  There is a thread in the Book Bazaar where you can trade 6 credits for a limited membership or 9 credits for a standard membership.  That works well for people who have more credits than cash or have credits they might not otherwise use.

If you purchase a standard membership ($18 prior to the 15th), you can order an unlimited number of books throughout the year, without any additional fees.  If you purchase a $12 limited membership, you will get 30 free swap fees.  This would be the best route for people who plan to order less than 30 times during the year and still want access to the forums.  The swap fee is per transaction, not per book, so if you order 3 books from one person, or if you order just 1 book from that person, it's going to incur a $.49 swap fee if you're an a la carte member, or if you're a limited member that has gone over your 30 free swap fees for the year.



Last Edited on: 2/10/15 5:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/10/2015 2:54 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2010
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"The Reminder List is just like a personal grocery list. They're books you're interested in, but not enough to either 'buy' the book if it's listed by someone, nor enough to use a WL space for it if no one has it."

Well, maybe that's what most people use it for.  I use it mostly for books on my Bookshelf, because that's the only way I can see how many copies are in the system.  Or for books where I've checked how many copies are in the system, but forgot to remove them afterwards.

Date Posted: 2/10/2015 3:44 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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We have been told the Questions about PBS forum will remain open to all members.  Hopefully that is correct

This is not correct Sassy. I asked for clarification on this because I saw it being said in the forums despite the Help Center stating the forums would only be postable to those with annual memberships. Unenrolled members (those who go A la Carte and do not get a Standard or Limited Membership) will be read-only and not have posting ability in the forums.

If you get the Standard Membership ($20/yr - $18 for a limited time), you will trade as you always have. That membership includes unlimited swap fees and access to the forums.  You would also get a WL increase to 500, not that that is going to help you reduce your book collection :) but it will help you spend those credits on great new books!

If you get the Limited Membership ($12/yr) you will get 30 free swaps before you'd pay a swap fee to request books. You will have access to the forums to be able use the Book Bazaar for deals.

A la Carte still allows you to send books for free. You will need to pay 0.49 for each book you order with the credits you earn. A la Carte will not have access to the forums so you would not be able to use the Book Bazaar for deals or credit selling or anything like that.

Date Posted: 2/10/2015 8:55 PM ET
Member Since: 2/12/2006
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Melody, if you just want to post books for others to order to 'thin' your home shelves, then staying as an Ala Carte member might be the best way to go.  You will still be able to read posts in the forum, but you won't be able to post.  The additional swap fee is for ORDERING books, not for sending them. 

If you want to be able to post, to advertize credits for sale, to join an interesting discussion, etc., then the Limited Membership ($12 yr.) might be for you. That would also allow you to order up to 30 books without an additional fee. That wouldn't do much for the thinning out process - but maybe you have family members that like to read?