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Subject: Hoard 'em or use 'em?
Date Posted: 1/10/2008 9:37 AM ET
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How do you manage your credits? I am new. I signed up, got my two credits and immediately used one. I have three books on their way to others, so I will soon have four credits. Already my Wish List is 10+ and my Reminder List is 45+. Now I feel like I have to have a "cushion" so I haven't ordered another book! Also, do you receive books, read them and repost to send them on or do you tend to hold on to books?
Date Posted: 1/10/2008 10:04 AM ET
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Welcome LeeAnne;  I always repost my books. However, I do have a "keeper shelf", but these are mostly old.  Remember, if  you need credits, you can always buy them in case a WL books comes up and you're out!   However, it's good to keep a cushion, especially if you have WL books on auto-request.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 10:11 AM ET
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I'd love to be a hoarder but the minute I get extra credits I'm in the Book Bazaar, I'm searching members' bookshelves and always end up finding something new. The Book Bazaar is my biggest downfall.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 11:07 AM ET
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I'm a spender.  I never have credits because as soon as I get some, I just HAVE to order more books.  I buy credits when WL books come up.  As for my books, I always repost.  I don't have keepers, just because I have so many books in my TBR/wish list/reminder list that I know I will never reread the others anyway.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 11:16 AM ET
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I'm a binge-saver and a binge-hoarder! I'll hoard a few credits, then I'll go out and spend 'em all or give some away to a buddy. Then I'll go into savings mode and start accumulating again!

One thing to remember is that for a .50 fee, you can just buy credits at the kiosk. I bought three when I first started, and that helped me along until I reached the point where I could keep credits amounts fairly level.

Another source of credits is the Book Bazaar. There are members who sell their credits at lower rates than the kiosk over there.

Last, if you know a few people on PBS, you can ask for a credit loan when you're in a pinch. But I wouldn't do that TOO often, LOL! ;)

Welcome to PBS! :)

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 1:21 PM ET
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I'm a spender, so I rarely have credits for too long.  I will buy credits if a WL book comes up, though.



Date Posted: 1/10/2008 2:05 PM ET
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I'm for the most part a hoarder. But I've earned a lot of credits since joining PBS.  I had a bunch of WL books (including about 20 WL audiobooks at 2 credits each) and a very active shelf.  I have 58 credits now and 4 books to mail and a few pending in the mail.  I've mailed out about 250 books now, I think.  I've only ordered about 40-most were WL offers or parts of a deal for more than one book per credit. I would order more books but I have about 300 unread books and a cross country move coming up.  I've sold about 100 credits to cover postage costs.  I still have about 30 WL books in the TBR pile.  I went a little crazy when I first joined and seemed to have developed an addiction to finding WL books on ebay or the UBS.    After I move I'll probably start ordering more books and using up some credits.  I might decide to become a boxer though and just sell a bunch more credits to cover postage.  We shall see. 

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 2:31 PM ET
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right now I'm hoarding only because I have so many books on my TBR shelf and need to whittle that down some. 

I will repost books I have read if I don't want to keep them.  sometimes I might wait if it is a series so I can post the whole series and mention it in the bazaar forum. 

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 5:33 PM ET
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Oh, I forgot to answer the rest of your question - for the most part I repost my books, but I will keep a few now and then. However, since I tend to post my Book Club books and other books that come my way, I feel like it evens out.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 5:34 PM ET
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I used to be a credit spender when I first joined up. I even bought a bunch of credits...I was like a kid in a candy store! But then I started hanging on to them once the balance of books in my house went from "have already read" to "TBR." Now I have about 600 books here that I haven't read yet, so I'm not quite so eager to acquire new stuff. Mostly I let my WL do my 'shopping' here and only occasionally order a book from the available stock if it's next in series that I need. And I'm glad I did start hoarding credits, as I have my acc't on hold currently due to some financial constraints....I had hoarded over 100 credits and now am down to 79...still plenty, but it's nice to have that cushion.

I generally post books back to the system once I'm done with them, except for the odd hardcover that I save for my "keeper" shelf.


Date Posted: 1/10/2008 6:14 PM ET
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A 79 credit cushion!!! That's some cushion! :D
Date Posted: 1/10/2008 6:39 PM ET
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it depends on how big my TBR list is, and how long i think it's going to take me to finish what's on there.  right now my TBR is too big for my PBS shelf on the book case so i'm in hoard mode right now.  then as i start posting stuff i'll go on an ordering spree. 

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 6:50 PM ET
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I mainly hoard mine for wishlist books. Every once in awhile I'll take advantage of a deal in the bazaar though :)

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Date Posted: 1/10/2008 8:25 PM ET
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I have found a  great way to build a credit cushion is to become a boxer. I would order every book I thought I may read when I first joined, but now have so many to read I may never get through them. I am planning a TBR pile purge for my next day off. I usually repost most everything right back here at PBS. I still have about 30 keepers from before I was a member here, but lately I have been eyeing them too. Like Amy, there isn't much of a reason to have many Keepers anymore when I have an endless supply of books right at the end of my mouse cord!

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 9:56 PM ET
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I like to order books when they come up on my WL, but, I don't puposefuly hoard credits.  I am playing in some games, so, need some credits for those, too.  One thing someone said in a discussion a couple months back - if you hoard credits, you're hurting the PBS economy.  If you keep the credits, then no one else gets to use them.  If you spend them, you improve the economy.  Your credit goes to someone else who gets to order another book, and so on.  One thing I like to do with my extra credits is randomly give them to people who are in need (mentions in posts, offering crazy deals trying to  get credits, etc).  I have also donated extra credits back to R&R to help with the credit defficit :).

Date Posted: 1/12/2008 3:02 PM ET
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I did hoard for a while but never had even 30 credits banked, that I can remember!  I blew most of them on Star Trek after wheeling & dealing all the Trek I could out of fellow Boxers.  Now I keep a cushion of 5-10 because my auto-request WL is large (got another wish granted today thanks!).  While I've transferred many CD credits over here, I've never bought a credit on PBS or SwapaCD--as R&R mentioned in the last newsletter, those "artificial" credits can actually hurt the economy, too.

Sorry folks, I'm a collector!  If I post a book it's because I don't intend to read it, didn't like it quite enough to keep, or have multiple copies.  The good news is I make it to a great local library sale every few months, and pick up extra copies of books I know & love.  Yes, many of the books I get there are JUST TO SHARE WITH YOU, my fellow swappers.  That's why you may receive a book from me and see it back on my shelf later.